Five Reasons To Check Out the French Film Festival
Now in its 19th year, the French Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday at the Byrd Theatre.
Every year, filmmakers and film lovers alike from across the world fill the Byrd in one of the most exciting and diverse film festivals to ever come to Richmond. Not only are there loads of great films, there’s also discussions with directors, master classes and a very fancy party.
Don’t have time to spend the entire weekend at the Byrd? Here are the Top Five things you need to check out at the Festival.
By far the best of the entire festival, the short films are the highlight of every year. The shorts feature some of the funniest, innovative and thought-provoking works all under 10 minutes (some are even much shorter than that). Make it a point to go and see these.
Deux de la Vague
Deux de la Vague, which translates into “Two in the Wave,” is the story of the friendship between Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut as they navigate the lives of cinema and filmmaking through the turmoil of the 1960s.
Watch the trailer below.
Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud take you into the heart of the ocean to discover unknown or unrecognized marine creatures. It’s just like Planet Earth, but with a French twist. Think the old days of Jacques Cousteau as you explore the ocean depths.
Both featured on Friday, the master classes offer patrons a first hand look at the filmmaking process with French directors and producers. This year, the topics are “Partnering with France’s renowned Cinema Schools: Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière and La Fémis” and “Spotlight on Biodiversity and Sustainability in Documentary Filmmaking.” Both of these master classes will be eye openers.
L’Âge de raison
On her 40th birthday, Margaret, an accomplished businesswoman, receives a letter that she wrote as a young girl with all her hopes and desires she wanted to accomplish.
The trailer is in French without subtitles, but I think you can follow how it goes.
If anything, going to the French Film Festival will make you feel like you’ve entered another country just by sitting at the Byrd Theatre. You’ll have people sitting on either side of you not speaking English and you’ll feel like a world traveler.
The French Film Festival runs all this weekend at the Byrd Theatre. Tickets can be purchased for individual films and all day and weekend passes are also available. Visit frenchfilmfestival.us for more information.
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