2019 French Film Festival Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Fullerton College’s French Film Festival is back for a stimulating and engaging 10 year anniversary from April 2 to 5, at 7:30 p.m. each night.  This year’s films explore topics of current concern from institutionalized racism to gender roles, surviving war, and striving for more despite impairment. The festival also includes a cultural event with food, music, and art each night beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the patio area of the Campus Theatre.

Ticket are on sale at the Fullerton College Box Office from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 6:30 p.m. each night of the festival. Tickets for high school students with a current high school ID are $3, and tickets for children ages 2 to 12 are $4.50.

Each night offers a bit of French and German culture, food, and entertainment in the Campus Theatre patio area. The Fullerton College French and German Clubs­­ will facilitate the festivities with musical and dance performances by Fullerton College students, appearances from the Phoenix Club Schuhplattler dancers led by German Professor Klaus Hornell, a unique musical performance of the traditional hurdy-gurdy by Scott Gaytan and artwork by Sonora and La Habra High School French students.

Culinary sponsors include Crepes Bonaparte, Continental Delicatessen, Zombee Donuts, Porto’s Bakery and Cafe, JP23, Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, Les Amis Restaurant and Lounge, Choux Crème, Moulin Bistro, Pandor Artisan Boulangerie and Café, Yves Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Jägerhaus German Restaurant.

Sponsors and cultural partners include the Alliance Française of Orange County, the Phoenix Club, The Complete Package, Vista Higher Learning, the International School of Orange County (Lycée International), the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Goethe Institute, and the French Embassy.

On Tuesday, April 2, catch the thought-provoking Le Brio, The Brio, for a glimpse of the transformative power of words in the context of social, racial and gender prejudice in Paris. Neila Salah is an immigrant pursuing a law degree at the prestigious Assas Law School only to discover she has a class with an insulting professor who cares nothing for political correctness. After being reported, this professor attempts to redeem himself by helping Neila enter and prepare for an extremely competitive public speaking contest. As Neila strives for success, the situation reveals that both of them need to overcome some prejudice.

Next, on Wednesday, April 3,  the festival features a comedy with a twist based on a true story, Mein Blind Date mit Dem Leben, My Blind Date with Life. Saliya, who became blind as a teen, is tired of people focusing on his limits. He begins work at a luxury hotel all the while hiding his condition. However, his clever plan becomes more complicated after he falls head over heels in love while on the job.

On Thursday, April 4, the festival is airing Un Sac de Billes, A Bag of Marbles, a powerful film set during World War II and based on the autobiography of the child protagonist Joseph Joffo.

On Friday, April 5, Demain Tout Commence, Two is a Family, a remake of the Mexican comedy-drama Instructions Not Included, shakes up gender roles. A care-free player is confronted by his ex, who leaves him with his new daughter and disappears. Samuel, the clueless new father, desperately tries to track down his baby’s mother, rushing off to London to try to find her.

For more information, visit the French Film Festival website at https://humanities.fullcoll.edu/foreign-languages/french-film-festival.

Author: Fullerton College

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