The New Orleans Film Society’s French Film Festival runs Friday through Thursday at the Prytania Theater. In its 18th year, the series is presented in partnership with the Consulat Général de France à la Nouvelle.
This year’s festival will feature 12 films, including classics by Alain Resnais and Louisiana premieres, including “Party Girl,” winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Camera d’Or award and best ensemble prize.
“The French Film Festival has become a summer tradition, and an opportunity for local cinephiles to immerse themselves in the world of French cinema,” said Clint Bowie, the New Orleans Film Society’s program director.
Musical performances, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, will precede several festival screenings.
Tickets are available at the Prytania Theatre box office and online at neworleansfilmsociety.org and prytaniatheatreneworleans.com. Film Society member tickets are only available through the society’s website. Tickets are $9 for Film Society members, $11 for nonmembers. Unlimited film package passes are available to Film Society members for $70.
French Film Festival schedule
Friday, July 17
7:15 p.m.: “The New Girlfriend” — In this psychosexual drama, the recently widowed David (Romain Duris) is left alone to care for his infant daughter. When his late wife’s childhood friend, Claire (Anaïs Demoustier), offers to help, she discovers a new side of David. 1 hr., 45 mins.
Saturday, July 18
12:15 p.m.: “Gemma Bovery” — A re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic “Madame Bovary.” 1 hr., 39 mins.
2:15 p.m.: “The Connection” — Presents the European flipside of William Friedkin’s New York City-set crime classic from 1971, “The French Connection.” Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) stars as crusading Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel. 2 hrs., 15 mins.
4:45 p.m.: “A Year in Champagne” — A behind-the-scenes documentary about Champagne production, including small independents who still turn bottles by hand and major producers Gosset and Bollinger. 1 hr., 24 mins.
Sunday, July 19
12:30 p.m.: “Hiroshima mon amour” — In this French New Wave classic by Alain Resnais, a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) have a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima. 1 hr, 30 mins.
2:30 p.m.: “Steak (R)evolution” — This international road trip visits chefs, farmers, butchers and food critics for the purpose of understanding the revolution taking place in the world of beef. 1 hr., 54 mins.
5 p.m.: “Tu dors Nicole” — During the summer after her college graduation, a young woman is adrift in her small hometown in Quebec, working at a dead-end job. The mood changes when her older brother unexpectedly comes home, bringing his bandmates with him. 1 hr., 33 mins.
Monday, July 20
Noon: “The New Girlfriend” — See July 17 for description
7:15 p.m.: “Saint Laurent” — This biopic about Yves Saint Laurent narrows its focus on a dark, hedonistic, creative decade in the fashion designer’s life and career, 1967 to 1977. 2 hrs., 30 mins.
Tuesday, July 21
Noon: “Tu dors Nicole” — See July 19
7:15 p.m.: “Party Girl” — Angelique, an eccentric hostess in her 60s, lives in a small room above a bar in Lorraine. She works for drinks and tips. 1 hr., 36 mins.
Wednesday, July 22
12:30: “Saint Laurent” — See July 20
7:15 p.m.: “May Allah Bless France” — French rap star and author Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with an adaptation of his 2004 autobiography. 1 hr., 36 mins.
Thursday, July 23
Noon: “Gemma Bovery” — See July 18
5:30 p.m.: “Je t’aime, je t’aime” — In “Je t’aime, je t’aime,” another Resnais classic, a man who attempted suicide is asked to participate in a mysterious time-travel experiment. 1 hr., 31 mins.
7:15 p.m.: “Tip Top” — Two offbeat female police detectives (Isabelle Huppertand, Sandrine Kiberlain) investigate the possibility that the police are involved in a murder. Variety calls the film a “brazen mix of screwball comedy, film noir and sharp social commentary.” 1 hr., 46 mins.