Student-Run French Film Festival at UNCW Offers Rare Opportunity for Moviegoers Dec. 4-6

Sill frame from the French film Belle Epine, one of the several films to be shown at Exclusif

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In cooperation with the French embassy in New York, the University of North Carolina Wilmington will offer a rare glimpse at some of the world's most unique movies during the Exclusif: New French Film Festival Dec. 4 - 6 in UNCW's Lumina Theatre. Seven films, including two Cannes Film Festival winners, will be screened for the campus and Wilmington community over three days. All screenings are subtitled and free for the public.

Exclusif will be the only opportunity for North Carolinians to experience these limited release French films, as none have been distributed outside the festival circuit, and none have been released on DVD with subtitles in the United States. Almost every genre and style imaginable will be represented. The films will screen in 35mm film, as opposed to the digital projection used in most theaters today.

The students of associate professor Tim Palmer's Contemporary French Cinema class have applied what they learned throughout the semester by organizing and promoting the new festival, and will introduce each of the screenings. A raffle, door prizes, free screening notes, and discounted copies of new film publications courtesy of Intellect Press will be available to attendees.

Will Frasca, one of the students working on the project, said, "Wilmington already has a diverse film culture, from Cucalorus to the major productions that are filmed here. We want to expand our local culture by highlighting contemporary French cinema."

France has the largest population of female and first-time directors in the world. The country produces a mix of cinematic genres, including shorts, documentaries, animations, art house experiments and hybrid films. France is second only to Hollywood in movie distribution, but few of the nation's films are distributed on DVD for English-speakers.

Palmer, author of the book Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema, said, "Whatever you like about cinema, it's going on in France…and Exclusif is designed to showcase it in Wilmington."

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