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Boston French Film Festival

Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 at 1:30pm

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Schedule of Events

1:30 pm–3:10 pm: Last Year at Marienbad

Directed by Alain Resnais (France/Italy, 1961, 94 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

Part mystery, part fever dream, and possibly a ghost story, Alain Resnais's 1961 classic follows a man and woman through the empty rooms of a baroque hotel that time forgot, as X (Giorgio Albertazzi) tries to persuade the incredulous A (Delphine Seyrig) that they met in the same place the year before. With dizzying time shifts and flashbacks, Last Year at Marienbad is the ultimate puzzle film, paving the way for mind-bending auteurs like Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan. New 4K digital restoration by Rialto Pictures.

Cost: Member $10.00, Nonmember $13.00

Location: Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

4:00 pm–5:55 pm: Naked Normandy

Directed by Phillippe Le Guay (France, 2018, 105 min.). Digital. French and English with English subtitles.

The charming town of Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe, Normandy, is in crisis. Dairy and livestock prices have plummeted due to a flood of imports, and farmers are threatened with foreclosure. Mayor Georges Balbuzard (the irrepressible François Cluzet, beloved for his roles in The Intouchables and The Country Doctor) does his best to raise awareness of their plight, but the situation isn't deemed newsworthy by the national media. Things seem hopeless until the day famous American photographer Newman (Toby Jones, of Detectorists and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) passes through the village, discovering the perfect backdrop for his next shoot. Balbuzard sees a rare opportunity and sets about convincing the townsfolk—the farmers, the butcher, the pharmacist, and the rest—to pose for Newman's photographs. But there's a catch: they have to be nude.

With a rich sense of place, Le Guay's wonderful ensemble delivers a memorable portrait of community, resilience, and brotherhood, as well as superb comedic performances from the entire cast.

Cost: Member $10.00, Nonmember $13.00

Location: Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

7:00 pm–8:50 pm: I Feel Good

Directed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern (France, 2018, 103 min.). French with English subtitles.

Eight years after Jean Dujardin charmed his way into American theaters and hearts with the Best Picture-winner The Artist, he has laid claim to another role worthy of his comedic genius. Dujardin plays Jacques, a clueless and destitute opportunist who turns up one day on the doorstep of his sister, Monique (a sparkling Yolande Moreau), looking for a place to sleep. Monique runs a cheerful commune where down-on-their-luck French citizens can live and work with dignity. But Jacques doesn't plan to stay long; he's cooking up a get-rich-quick scheme that involves bringing groups of tourists from France to Bulgaria for cheap plastic surgery and a bit of sightseeing. The fact that he knows nothing about medicine or business doesn't deter Jacques in the least, and he sets to work convincing the residents of Monique's settlement that all they need is a nip and a tuck to propel them into the life of their dreams. Jacques's blind ambition and his clients' gullibility evoke recent news stories about delusional entrepreneurs, like Theranos's Elizabeth Holmes and Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland. Luckily, this lovable charlatan has a few clear-eyed friends who can help him to see what's really important.

Cost: Member $10.00, Nonmember $13.00

Location: Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

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