A scene from
A scene from "School of Babel."

Cinema buffs who enjoy their movies with a French accent — and English subtitles — have a lot of free, public screenings and discussions in store in February during the expanded 2017 French Film Festival at the University of Louisville and Speed Art Museum.

The festival explores French and French-speaking cultures through a variety of genres.  Some films will be shown on the Belknap Campus, and, in partnership, the Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., will feature four classic French films as part of its Free Owsley Sundays.

At UofL, the films will be shown in Floyd Theater of the Swain Student Activities Center, 2100 S. Floyd St. The 5 p.m. Thursday screenings will include post-film discussions with UofL and other local experts on French-speaking cultures and film studies. Film descriptions, speakers and trailers are available online

The UofL Floyd Theater schedule includes:

  • “Being 17,” 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3
  • “A Kid,” 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10
  • “School of Babel,” 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 17
  • “Things to Come,” 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24.

The Speed Cinema schedule includes:

  • “Rififi,” 12:30 p.m. Feb. 5
  • “Elevator to the Gallows,” 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12
  • “Hiroshima, Mon Amour,” 12:30 p.m. Feb. 19
  • “The Battle of Algiers,” 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

Festival sponsors are UofL’s classical and modern languages department, Student Activities Board, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and Liberal Studies Project; and the Speed Art Museum.

Photo provided by a New Wave Films press release.