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Titles Announced for Annual French Film Festival

Released: 01/20/2009

Five movies – an animated film, two comedies, a documentary on Emperor penguins and a murder mystery thriller – are scheduled for the fourth annual French Film Festival at LSU at Alexandria, announced Dr. Shonu Nangia, assistant professor of foreign languages and festival coordinator.

The offerings and their show dates are “Persepolis,” Feb. 27; “Moliere,” Feb. 28; “La Marche de L’Empereur” (March of the Penguins), March 6; “Comme une Image” (Look at Me), March 7; and “Ne Le Dis a Personne” (Tell No One), March 14. All films, which have English subtitles, will be shown at 7:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the Science Building at LSUA. Admission is free and open to the public.

“These award-winning films relate to the academic disciplines of language, literature, English, cultural studies, history, psychology, sociology, natural science, art and theatre. The documentary on penguins features incredible cinematography, and it is should have great appeal to younger audiences,” Nangia said.

“Persepolis,” presented in animation, is the poignant story of a young girl coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It chronicles her clever defiance of the “social guardians” and suffocating ordeals of religious fundamentalism.

“Moliere,” set in 1644, is a witty, comedic look at a bankrupt theatre troupe and the love interests that develop when a wealthy patron rescues the central figure from debtor’s prison. Critics praise the script as “fine use of formal language as a seductive tool, with humiliation and elation ebbing and flowing on the turn of a phrase.”

“March of the Penguins” documents courtship and chick-raising among Emperor penguins in the harshest and most unforgiving climate in the Antarctic. Director Luc Jacquet and his production crew, at times enduring temperatures of minus 40 degrees and 100-mile-an hour winds, spent 13 months filming the documentary. The film’s underwater footage presents penguin activity in detail that was previously unseen.

“Look at Me” is a character-rich comedy that centers on 20-year-old Lolita, a stocky, dark-haired aspiring singer who doesn’t fit in an entertainment world ruled by skinny blondes. The film, which carries a PG-13 rating for brief course language and a sexual reference, paints a vibrant portrait of the Parisian social world, including the thinly disguised backbiting that flows just beneath the glittery surface. The movie concludes on a country-church recital high note and affirms the transcendent power of art.

“Tell No One” features a twisted plot that reveals the wife and childhood sweetheart of Alex, a pediatrician, was not murdered eight years ago as previously believed by the devastated husband. Alex, however, finds himself on the wrong end of the reopened investigation and must prove his own innocence. A sordid story that incriminates unscrupulous family members and friends eventually reunites Alex and his wife.

The French Film Festival is made possible by a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange. Support also comes from the French Ministry of Culture, Florence Gould Foundation, Grand Marnier Foundation, Highbrow Entertainment and Arts Council of Central Louisiana.