French Film Fest At The Avon

(3.7) This week the Avon Cinema plays host to the Providence French and Francophone Film Festival (PFFFF), organized by the Department of French and Francophone Studies at Brown University and open to the broader community in and around Providence. The festival includes 13 recent French-language films from France, Cameroon, Senegal, Guinea, and Canada, and runs through Thursday, March 7.

This year’s selection includes two documentaries and nine fictions (eight directed by women). Seen here is “Mon Crime” (The Crime is Mine) with Isabelle Huppert.

In the 1930s in Paris, Madeleine Verdier, a young, penniless, and talentless actress, is accused of the murder of a famous producer. Helped by her best friend Pauline, a young lawyer, she is acquitted on the grounds of self-defence. A new life of fame and success begins, until the truth comes out.

“Mon Crime” is a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

“The Crime is Mine,” a snappy showbiz screwball, takes this feminist conceit and adds stardust and firecrackers to the mix. Directed by François Ozon — a French director known for his winking subversions of genre — the film puts a twist on the trope of the spotlight-seeking murderess: the women in the film want us to know they did it.

Go here for the schedule and links to the movies. All films screened will have English subtitles.

$10 general admission/ $32 (4 screenings).

$7 student and senior admission/ $20 (4 screenings).

PFFFF, Friday, March 1 thru Thursday, March 7, Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer Street, (directions)

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