The UWM French Program and the Union Theatre Present
The 17th Annual Festival of Films in French
In memory of Dr. Sheldon Stone
February 7-16, 2014
All films are in French and other languages w/English subtitles. Talkbacks follow certain screenings.
All films are FREE and open to the public!
The 17th Annual Festival of Films in French at UWM brings a rich array of French-language cinema to Milwaukee. This year's selection highlights four women filmmakers (Chantal Akerman, Lorraine Lévy, Maïwenn, and Sophie Lellouche) and marks the centenary of World War I with Jean Renoir's highly acclaimed La Grande Illusion (1937) featuring unforgettable performances by Jean Gabin and Erich von Stroheim and two other anti-war films, the dadaist short Entr'acte (1924) and Abel Gance's silent classic J'accuse (1918), which will be screened with live musical accompaniment, a Festival tradition. Our fourteen films in 2014 will not only take us back in time but also across the globe from Canada (French Immersion, Chercher le courant) and Senegal (Aujourd'hui) to Israel (The Other Son, Aliyah), Malaysia (Almayer's Folly), and Algeria (The Rabbi's Cat). Hard-hitting dramas on pressing contemporary issues (The Minister, Polisse) are paired with romantic flights of fancy (Paris-Manhattan, Les Bien-Aimés).
The UWM French Program is grateful for the generous support of the Québec Government Office in Chicago and Dr. Richard Stone. We would like to thank our many UWM co-sponsors: the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, Union Programming, Union Sociocultural Programming, the Center for International Education (CIE), the Department of English, the Women's Studies Program, the Film Studies Program, the Film Department, the Department of Africology, C21, the Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature (FICL), and the MA in Language, Literature, and Translation (MALLT). We greatly appreciate the community co-sponsorship of the Alliance Française of Milwaukee and of SWAAF (Southeast Wisconsin Academic Alliance in French).