French Film Festival starts July 29th

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) in conjunction with The French Consulate-Miami will whisk you away on a celluloid vacation to France via the 9TH Annual Perrier French Film Festival, July 29 – August 2, 2010 at Cinema Paradiso.  Audiences will experience the French culture through both cinema and cuisine.

Fifteen (15) films will be presented during the four-day fest featuring an eclectic array of dramas, scenic adventures and side-splitting comedies.

The fest opener July 29th is the street-smart comic adventure, PARIS EXPRESS. Michaël Youn (Iznogoud, Around The World In 80 Days) stars alongside Heroes’ Jimmy Jean Louis and two of France’s hippest, sexiest young actresses, Géraldine Nakache (Comme t’y es belle) and Catalina Denis (Go Fast).  Following the film, FLIFF hosts their popular Opening Night Soiree catered this year by internationally renown Chef Kim Naimoli. The sumptuous buffet of classic French cuisine will include Salad Nicoise, Pommes Dauphine, Coq au Vin and deserts including crepes.

Film and food pairings continue throughout the film festival.  Wine, baguettes and brie will be served July 30th between the comedyLES SŒURS FÂCHÉES starring Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Frot and the wildly entertaining MICMACS from director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (Amélie).  Refreshing Sorbets and cupcakes, provided by Gelato Station & Gelati Martini Lounge, will be offered July 31 between COCO CHANNEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY – the “sumptuous recreation of ’20’s France and the mad affair between two the century’s most iconic figures” (Hollywood Reporter) and the romantic comedy MA VIE EN L’AIR starring Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (Nine, La Vie en Rose). The monthly Sunday morning Cafe Cinematheque International brunch goes French with croissants, pastries and French roast coffee or tea before the irreverently funny road movie AALTRA.

On Saturday, July 31st, FLIFF’S Summer MAKE-A-MOVIE Camp concludes as FAB! Films for Kids presents a screening of the campers final film projects with a French flair. Admission is free.

Closing the fest on August 1 is LET IT RAIN, an endlessly charming and a sharp-witted battle of the sexes from the celebrated director Agnes Jaoui (Look at Me and the Oscar® nominated The Taste of Others).  FLIFF’s  Wrap Party follows with light French fare includingSoup d’Oignon, Ratatouille, Quiche Lorraine and for dessert, a Chocolate Fountain with fruit and cake.

Additional film highlights include: TWO IN THE WAVE an absorbing look at French directors François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, DREAMS OF DUST which will transport audiences to a world few have seen, and DUMAS a fascinating and gorgeously told tale of French author Alexandre Dumas and his relationship with Auguste Maquet, the little known co-author of such classics as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo DUMAS stars Gerard Depardieu and Benoit Poelvoorde.  There will also be an encore presentation of select films on Monday, August 2.

Admission:

  • All Films & Parties: Fast Pass $115 non-members / $70 FLIFF members
  • Opening Night Film & Party:  $25 non-members and $15 for FLIFF members.
  • Closing Night Film & Wrap Party: $15 General Admission and $10 FLIFF Members.
  • Café Cinematheque : $12 general Admission, $8 FLIFF Members
  • FAB! Films for Kids:  FREE!
  • Films Only: $10 general Admission, $8 Seniors & Students, $6 FLIFF Members

Details and Advance Ticket Sales: www.FLIFF.com or 954-525-FILM (3456)

Venue:  Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6 Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale, one block east of Broward County Courthouse on south bank of New River.

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