French Film Festival continues tonight


Published: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 10:26 p.m.

The finest of French film is being featured tonight at 7:30 with a presentation of "L'Intrus (The Intruder)" at the Hippodrome.

The screening is part of the Tourneés 2007 French Film Festival, which began last week with "La Petite Jérusalem (Little Jerusalem)." It runs most Monday evenings through February at the Hippodrome. Admission to all films is free and open to the public.

The films are chosen by University of Florida Professor Sylvie Blum, who teaches courses on French and European film. Blum, who is also the executive director of the event, searches through the best of French cinema and chooses films based on the best filmmakers, popular actors and favorites of the critics during the past few years.

Blum cites French film as a "different kind of cinema" in comparison to American films, though she stresses the films chosen should not be seen as competition to the Hollywood movies at typical local movie theaters. The common thread between the selected films is quality filmmaking.

"They have a different aesthetic; a lot of the films I chose have their own sensibility," Blum said.

The film to be screened tonight, "L'Intrus (The Intruder)," is described by Blum as "rather experimental" and "very dreamlike and mysterious."

The protagonist is Louis Trebor (French actor Michel Subor), a loner who is seeking both a heart transplant and a son he sired many years ago.

The film is directed and co-written by Claire Denis, who was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival for her work on "Chocolat."

Other films that are a part of the Tourneés 2007 French Film Festival include the Feb. 12 screening of "Nethalie," which stars international film legend Gérard Depardieu.

The Tourneés 2007 French Film Festival started eight years ago when the French American Cultural Exchange Arts Education Innovation gave a grant to the France-Florida Research Institute of UF to host a screening of French films.

More information on the Tourneés 2007 French Film Festival can be found at http://www.clas.ufl. edu/FranceFlorida/face.html.

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