French film series set at Penn State

September 06, 2005

University Park, Pa. --- "Recent Films from France and the Francophone World," offered by Penn State's Department of French and Francophone Studies will feature three films during the fall semester. All but the last are shown in 35 mm format with English subtitles at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursdays in 113 Carnegie. The showings are free to the public. They include:

-- Sept. 15: "Les Choristes (The Chorus)" by Christophe Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval, about an unemployed music teacher who discovers unexpected love as well as the extraordinary power of music to transform the lives of juvenile delinquents at a strictly-run reform school in postwar France.

-- Oct. 20: "L'Esquive (Games of Love and Chance)" by Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix. Teenagers in a multi-ethnic suburb of Paris discover love, jealousy and competition in the encounter between contemporary slang and 18th-century rhetoric as they produce a school play.

-- Nov. 17: "Le Fantome d'Henri Langlois (Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinemateque)" by Jacques Richard. This is a richly textured documentary portrait of the visionary man who co-founded in Paris the most important film archive in the world, managing despite limited resources and the Nazi occupation of the city to save, store and eventually show thousands of the rarest classics.

The Department of French and Francophone Studies Film Series for 2005-2006 is supported by Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, the Esther A. Shultz Undergraduate Enrichment Fund, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the Schools of Theatre and Music, the Departments of Film, Video, and Media Studies, History and Sociology, the Office of International Programs, the Center for Language Acquisition, McGraw Hill Publishers, and the Alliance Francaise de State College et de University Park.

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