Austin Film Society (AFS) announces the 2018 line-up for New French Cinema Week, a five-day festival of award-winning Francophone films from leading new names in global cinema. The festival occurs Wednesday, April 25 to Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the AFS Cinema.
Presented in partnership with UniFrance and the Premiers Plans Festival d’Angers, the week will feature dialogues with Francophone filmmakers and guests in attendance, an opening night party for AFS members, music events, and diverse programming including animation, shorts, and family-themed screenings.
New French Cinema Week encourages the discovery of some of Europe’s most exciting new filmmakers with films that may not be distributed in the United States. This year’s selection features some of the most highly acclaimed new titles by new directors. PETIT PAYSAN (also known in English as BLOODY MILK) will be opening the series. The film comes to Austin for its Texas premiere after winning three César Awards (equivalent of the Oscars in France), for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best First Film. Director Hubert Charuel will be in attendance. Also making its Texas Premiere, CUSTODY, an award winner at the Venice, Palm Springs and Premiers Plans festivals, will be accompanied by the director, Xavier Legrand. Other premieres include Algerian-French title, UNTIL THE BIRDS RETURN, a selection of Cannes Un Certain Regard, accompanied by the film’s director Karim Moussaoui, and MONTPARNASSE BIENVENUE, the Cannes Caméra D’Or winner, which will feature a special conversation with the film’s composer, Julie Roué.
The films are selected by AFS Head of Film and Creative Media Holly Herrick in collaboration with program partner Premiers Plans Festival d'Angers, which has featured all of the selected filmmakers in past programs. Herrick states, “AFS works to promote international film culture in Austin, and programs like New French Cinema Week are major efforts in connecting our vibrant community with the wider film world. This year’s line-up is our biggest and most extensive thus far in the festival’s four-year history. We invite Austinites to join us for the festival, a rare opportunity to meet Francophone filmmakers and see wonderful new work from the international circuit, films which may not otherwise be seen in Austin theaters.”
The festival is sponsored by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Bouvet Ladubay and Freestyle Language Center.
The AFS Cinema offers a full café menu and bar. Bouvet Ladubay Rosé Excellence Brut will be the featured drink, offered for $6 in celebration of New French Cinema Week.
A series pass includes admission to each film and the music video night and party. Series passes are $80 for non-members with discounted pricing for AFS members. Individual film tickets are $11.25 for non-members and $8.25 for AFS members. Special pricing applies to the April 26 music video night and party.
Visit the listed website for more details and screening times.