Starting this Thursday at the Cable Car Cinema, you’ll be able to enjoy a week of some of the best cinéma French-speaking countries have to offer at the annual Providence French Film Festival. Each year, the French Studies and MCM departments seek out the most noteworthy films made in francophone countries, and work with the Cable Car Cinema to bring them to Providence.
Shoggy Waryn, a senior lecturer of the French Studies department and a specialist in French cinema, was actively involved in the Festival since 2005, when he first arrived at Brown. Waryn passed away on February 18, 2014.
Many of the selected films received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival and a lot of attention elsewhere. One of the biggest films in this year’s lineup, Blue is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, was banned in certain theaters in Idaho for its explicit sex scenes. So there’s that. Below are some examples of the fantastic films that the Festival has to offer. Tickets are $7 per screening with a student ID, or $20 for 4.
Other films to look out for: Haute Cuisine, distributed by the Weinstein Company, about the life of François Mitterrand’s presidential chef.
Laurence Anyways, about the 10-year process of a high school teacher transitioning from man to woman.
Asphalt Playground, about the lives of a group of kids and adolescents in the banlieues of Paris.
Cycling with Molière, about a famous actor who organizes a production of Molière’s The Misanthrope.