French Film Festival set for Feb. 7 and 8 in Georgetown

  • Friday, January 31, 2014

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The Strand Cinema at the Strand Theatre on Front Street in Georgetown will present a French Film Festival on Feb. 7 and 8.

Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University and Strand Cinema, all the films are in French with English subtitles.

Admission is $4 for OLLI & Strand Cinema members (with proof of membership); and $6 for the general public.

Friday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m.

Bienvenue Parmi Nous (Welcome Aboard) 2012, Rated R

Directed and co-scripted by Jean Becker based on Eric Holder’s novel. From the director who gave us “My Afternoons with Marguerite” comes this beguiling, warm-hearted and wryly amusing movie with strongly drawn characters, believable dialogue, superb performances and an artful blend of restrained drama, pathos and comedy.

Taillandier is a well-known painter in his 60s who, despite his success, finds himself overwhelmed with depression and decides to give up on his art.

With no destination in mind, he leaves his home without giving an explanation to those close to him.

During his travels he has an unlikely encounter with Marylou, a young girl rejected by her mother and also seeking out her path in life.

As the pair travels together, the bond between them grows closer, akin to a father-daughter relationship, as they give each other the helping hand they both need to make sense of their lives once more.

Friday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m.

Renoir 2012, Rated R

Directed and co-scripted by Gilles Bourdos, based on Jacques Renoir’s memoirs from 1915.

The film tells the story of Andrée Heuschling, also known as Catherine Hessling, who was the last model of impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the first actress – and wife – in the films of his son, reknowned film director Jean Renoir (La Grande Illusion, La Règle du jeu). As the father, 74, plagued by rheumatoid arthritis, is at the end of his life (he will die four years later), the son, 21, is still searching for himself, his great career having not yet begun. The strikingly beautiful movie is set in Renoir’s home on the Riviera at Cagnes-sur-mer. Director Bourdos used the hands of a convicted forger, Guy Ribes, to re-create the Renoir paintings in live action on the screen. Selected at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, “RENOIR” is France’s submission to the 2014 Oscars.

Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.

Du Vent Dans Mes Mollets (The Dandelions) 2012, Rated PG 13

This 2012 comedy directed and co-scripted by Carine Tardieu is based on Raphaele Moussafir’s novel from 1981.

Raised by a quiet father, an anxious overprotective mother and a grandmother who just had a stroke and with whom she shares a bedroom, 9-year-old Rachel feels anxious and sleeps with her schoolbag for fear of being late to school. Her bad experiences with a mean teacher are balanced by her great friendship with a new girl, Valerie, a lively dare devil with whom she explores the world of childhood amid giggles and laughter sorely missing at home.

Funny and poignant, inventive and serious, entertaining and thought-provoking, the film has been a box office success in France.

Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m.

Therese Desqueyroux (Therese) 2012, Rated R

Directed and scripted by Claude Miller based on Nobel Prize winner François Mauriac’s 1927 novel. In the late Claude Miller’s exquisite adaptation of the classic novel, Audrey Tautou stars as Thérèse, an intelligent free spirit in 1920s France, suffocating in her arranged marriage to a boorish pinery landowner and a life with her overbearing in-laws. When her best friend falls madly in love, Thérèse sees the awesome power of passionate love and what is missing in her own life. Yearning to break free from the fate imposed on her, she resorts to extreme measures in a desperate bid for freedom.

Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.

La Bande a Picasso (Picasso’s Gang) 2013, Rated PG 13

Fernando Colomo’s film focuses on the little known true story about the suspected involvement of Picasso, and his friend Guillaume Apollinaire, in the notorious theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. In this period piece, we see young Picasso living in Paris, surrounded by other struggling artists, in the early 1900s.

It is at his studio at Le Bateau-Lavoir (residence and meeting place for a group of outstanding early 20th century’s artists) where Picasso would meet his “gang” conformed by his friends and artists Guillaume Apollinaire, Manolo Hugué, Max Jacob and Georges Braque.

We encounter Picasso in his creation of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, a painting that broke all aesthetic rules and by which he began the art movement of Cubism, along with Georges Braque.

As prominent and untouchable as these artists may someday become, they are found in the film to be very human and imperfect.

In attempts to stick to the facts as close as possible, without becoming a biography or documentary, Colomo’s fiction based on these true events exposes a universal story that transcends borders.

For more information, visit www.StrandCinema.org or call 843-527-2924, Ext. 3#.

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