Williams College to Present Annual French Film Festival

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 19, 2018—The 2018 Williams College French Film Festival will take place over three consecutive Mondays at 7 p.m. on February 12, 19, and 26, at Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street in Williamstown. All films are in French with English subtitles. The screenings are free and open to the public.

This year’s theme, “La Grande Guerre: Remembering the First World War,” marks the centenary of the Great War with three contemporary films from France. Collectively, these films examine the impact of the horrifying violence in the trenches of eastern France on both soldiers and civilians, from the Christmas truce in 1914, to the Battle of the Somme in 1916, to the Armistice in 1918. With this film festival, the organizers hope to honor the centenary and remind us all about the legacy of the Great War.

The films are:

Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.: Christian Carion’s Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2005)

Based on a true story, this war drama depicts the Christmas truce of December 1914 through the eyes of French, British, and German soldiers.

Monday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.: Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement (2004) 

This film tells the story of a woman’s search for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the front and may have been killed in action.

Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.: François Ozon’s Frantz (2016)

This film follows the story of a young German woman whose fiancé was killed in World War I and the remorse of the French soldier who killed him.

This film festival is made possible with the support of the Williams College Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The festival was co-organized by Jane Canova of the Center for Foreign Languages and French professor Brian Martin, who will introduce the films.

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