Film festival offers taste of French life

Published: Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 8:33 p.m.

For five nights, the Gainesville community will be transported to France.


Film festival

  • What: French film festival showcasing five movies on five different nights. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Where: Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place
  • When: Monday to Feb. 3
  • Monday — “La faute à Fidel” (Blame it on Fidel); 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday — “Elle s’appelle Sabine” (Her name is Sabine); 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Jan. 26 — “La Question humaine” (Heart Beat Detector); 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.
  • Feb. 2 — “2 days in Paris”; 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

  • Feb. 3 — “Ne touchez pas la hâche” (Duchess of Langeais); 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The Alliance Francaise de Gainesville is featuring five movies on five nights in its French Film Festival, or Festival du film Francaise, at the Hippodrome Cinema starting Monday.

With screenings on Monday, Tuesday and continuing three more days through Feb. 3, the films range from a documentary and romantic comedy to a psychological thriller and two period pieces.

Each movie will have two screenings and will be shown in French with English subtitles.

On Monday between the two shows, Galette des Rois will be served. Galette des Rois is a traditional French cake usually enjoyed during Christmas.

Christine Alicot, vice president of Alliance Francaise de Gainesville, said the French Film Festival has been so popular in past years that they have had to turn people away.

Festival du film Francaise offers an opportunity for students taking French to practice the language and for the community to experience some of the French culture, she said.

“It’s a nice way for people to know who we are,” Alicot said. “I think its important to have a feel for a different culture.”

Slyvie Blum, organizer of the festival and a UF film and French professor, said it’s not often the Gainesville community gets to come in contact with the French lifestyle.

“These events are quite important because they usually only make it to big cities, so we get to see films that otherwise would not make it here,” Blum said.

For more information, go to the Alliance Française Web site:

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