Fullerton College Presents 2018 French Film Festival

Fullerton College is pleased to announce this year’s French Film Festival, which will be held Tuesday, April 10 through Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. Each year, the festival grows in success and popularity and has proven to be a great opportunity for students and community members to immerse themselves in French cinema. The festival includes a high school night and a German night. In addition, each night will feature a cultural event for ticket holders that includes free food sampling offered by local restaurants and bakeries, art, music and live performances.

The following films are scheduled to be screened in the Campus Theatre:

Tuesday, April 10

La Famille Bélier

This film is a comedy/drama that follows the life of a sixteen-year-old girl named Paula. Born to a deaf family, Paula is a necessary interpreter for her family. While taking a choir class at school, Paula’s teacher notices something amazing in her and encourages her to audition for a prestigious school in Paris. However, Paula hesitates to go because of her family’s dependence on her. As her story unfolds, the audience witnesses a heartwarming story of a family torn apart by their differences, but united by their love, as a young girl journeys to follow her dream.

Wednesday, April 11

Der Ganz Grosse Traum

German Night

Translated to “Lessons of a Dream,” this film is a German drama that takes place in the late 19th century and tells the story of Konrad Koch, one of the first English teachers in Germany. He aspires to pique his students’ interest in English culture by teaching them football. While he opens his students’ minds and hearts to camaraderie, his liberal approach soon causes trouble within the school and local community.

Thursday, April 12

La Vache

French High School Night

This comedy/adventure details the story of Fatah, an Algerian peasant who leaves his family to follow his dream of taking his cow, Jacqueline, to the Paris International Agricultural show. After spending all of his money to cross the Mediterranean, he must then walk to Paris. This begins a journey that is filled with attention-grabbing and dangerous encounters that bring him closer to ordinary French citizens. He becomes a sensation on social media and the news, and the entire country has its eyes riveted on Fatah and Jacqueline’s perilous journey to Paris.  Despite challenges he faces along the way, Fatah is determined to make it to the show on time and enter Jacqueline into the contest for the most beautiful cow.

Friday, April 13

Chocolat

This biographical drama depicts the story of the first African-American Clown, Chocolat, in late 19th century France. Chocolat rises to success with his partner George Footit by developing fresh circus acts that offer audiences something new. As Chocolat finds success, he also faces many challenges that stem from the racism of French culture at the time and struggles with his place in the profession as a racial caricature. His story unfolds as he continues his quest to be taken seriously as an actor.

Tickets cost $6.50 per screening for general admission, $20 for all four screenings and high school student tickets are $3 per screening.

Fullerton College invites students, parents, families, film fanatics, and community members alike to partake in this unique experience. The event will be held at Fullerton College’s Campus Theatre with cultural hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. and movie screenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. English subtitles will be shown for all films.

Author: Fullerton College

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