Two Weeks of Cinema Treats
Opens with Party in Eau Gallie
MELBOURNE, FLA. — The 6th Annual French Film Festival at and around Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum kicks off Friday, April 6, with a free, outdoor presentation in Eau Gallie Square of the award-winning documentary Visages Villages (“Faces Places”).
A collaboration from 2017 between the pioneering French director Agnés Varda, who directed her first movie in 1956, and JR, a 30-something muralist and photographer, Visages Villages features the travels of the two artists as they visit small towns across France. The winner of documentary awards at Cannes, the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics and elsewhere, Visages Villages was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
The April 6 opening of the film festival will also feature April in Paris, the festival’s outdoor celebration of French culture and cuisine. Starting at 6 p.m., Eau Gallie Square will be transformed into a Parisian street festival, where guests may enjoy live music and French vendors and food merchants.
The film festival continues through April 21 with two screenings per week in the art museum’s Harris Community Auditorium. Admission to each film is $5 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door. Concessions, including beer, wine and popcorn, will be available.
A Festival Pass ($15 museum members/$20 non-members) is available and will include admission to all screenings and complimentary popcorn. The pass must be purchased in advance. It is available here.
In addition to Visages Villages, these films will be presented during the festival:
- Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.: L’Avenir (“Things to Come”), 2016, Rated PG-13. Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
- Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m.: Avril et le monde truqué (“April and the Extraordinary World”), 2016, Rated PG. Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
- Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m.: Marguerite, 2015, Rated R. Director: Xavier Giannoli
- Saturday, April 21, 2 p.m.: Fatima, 2015, Unrated. Director: Philippe Faucon
For more information on the film festival and related events, please visit http://411.fit.edu/filmfest/index.php or call 321-674-8916.