Focus on French Cinema: 20 films in five days
The best in new French filmmaking is being showcased over five days at the 14th annual Focus on French Cinema.
The festival, sponsored by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich, is split between three cities. The first three days, Friday, Arpil 27 to Sunday, April 29, take place at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Greenwich. The event moves to the Avon Theatre in Stamford on Monday, April 30, and then ends Tuesday, May 1 at the French Institute Alliance Francaise in Manhattan.
In addition to the 20 screenings, the event will include question-and-answer sessions with several of the actors, directors and writers who worked on the movies.
Some of the highlights of the festival include the U.S. premiere of “All That Divides Us,” starring Catherine Deneuve and Diane Kruger, and the East Coast premiere of “Promise at Dawn” starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The breakthrough star of the new French-Canadian drama “Ailleurs” — Noah Parker — will be present for a Q&A after the screening of his film.
The festival will also include “Petit Paysan,” which won leading actor Swann Arlaud the Cesar Award (the French equivalent of the Oscar) in March.
Bow Tie Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave., Greenwich. Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29. $35-$10. Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford St., Stamford. Monday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. $15. French Institute, 22 E. 60th St., New York City. Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. $40-$30. 203-869-3121