The New Orleans Film Society released the schedule for the French Film Festival Feb. 23-March 1 at the Prytania Theatre. The schedule includes 17 feature films, five short films, a retrospective of Agnes Varda's work (Le Bonheur, The Gleaners and I and Faces, Places, which currently is nominated for an Academy Award), live music, lectures and more.
Before many screenings, there is live music by performers including Helen Gillet, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Bart Ramsay and others.
[jump] The opening film is Back to Burgundy, Cedric Klapisch's film about siblings who inherit their father's winery in Burgundy and take over the business as they adjust to being close again. (7:30 p.m. Feb. 23; noon March 1)
The closing night film is Francois Ozon's erotic thriller Double Lover, about a romance between a vulnerable young woman and her mysterious therapist. (8 p.m. March 1)
Also about complicated relationships, Varda's Le Bonheur is about a young father who begins an affair with a postal worker in a contemporary story about self-centered people. (5:30 p.m. Feb. 28) Varda's Oscar-nominated documentary Faces, Places is about a creating a portrait of people who give rural French villages character. (5:30 p.m. Feb. 25, noon Feb. 28)
4 Days in France is a different exploration of rural France, as Pierre finds people through the app Grindr, and his partner tracks him via his phone's activity. (7:30 p.m. Feb. 26)
Felicite won an award at the Berlin International Film Festival and was shortlisted but not a finalist for this year's best foreign film at the Academy Awards. A woman working as a barroom singer in Congo must raise money to save her teenage son after he is in a horrible car accident. (7:45 p.m. Feb. 28)
Nocturama is director Bertrand Bonello's horror fantasia about young people stalking the city with secret and wild abandon. (7:45 p.m. Feb. 24)
The festival screens' Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film Breathless, which helped launch French New Wave cinema. (10 a.m. Feb. 25; 10 a.m. Feb. 28)
Visit the website for full schedule and details.