French film festival arrives in Greenwich

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Focus on French Cinema announces new partnerships with FESTIVAL D’Angoulême and New York’s French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) for a festival right here in Greenwich.

Films will be shown  Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6 at the Bow Tie Cinemas at 2 Railroad Avenue and then, on Tuesday, April 8, there will be a closing night at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, N.Y.

A premiere film event, presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich, Focus on French Cinema has screened more than 100 films since 2005 to an audience of over 30,000 spectators in the New York/Connecticut area.

“Entering our 10th year, we are thrilled and proud to bring the very best of a vast selection of French films from around the world,” said Catherine Lamairesse, Founder and Chair of Focus on French Cinema.

This year, the festival is joined by two new partners: Le Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, the largest francophone festival in France with 50,000 attendees, and New York’s renowned French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), one of the largest and most respected centers of French-American cultural activities in the U.S. with over 10,000 members. This year, Focus on French Cinema is broadening the scope of the festival with a unique selection of around-the-clock screenings of French Cinema from around the world.

Focus on French Cinema 2014 will screen 20 newly released feature films from France, Belgium, Canada, Africa and Switzerland including multiple genres of drama, comedy, thriller, adventure and everything in between, as well as documentaries and short films, in two theaters at Bow Tie Cinemas in Greenwich.

The weekend in Greenwich, will adhere to the tradition of the festival with an opening Nnght U.S. premiere film.

9 mois ferme (9 Month Stretch), the laugh-out-loud black comedy starring Albert Dupontel and Sandrine Kiberlain, winner of the César for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress, opens the festival on Friday, April 4 followed by the annual gala buffet dinner, this year at the Greenwich Arch Street Teen Center and hosted by Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, L’Académie Culinaire de France and Le Wine Shop.

Saturday morning’s round table will feature a panel of guest directors, actors and producers from the world of French Cinema, moderated by film studies experts and film critics. The screenings will then be followed by Q&As, a Purchase College student film competition and other festival Special Events. In addition, local Greenwich businesses and restaurants will be gearing up to bring a variety of special offers promoting the festival weekend. For more information on tickets, film schedule, discussions and other festival special events, visit focusonfrenchcinema.org or e-mail Renée Amory Ketcham at [email protected], or call 203-531-9101.

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