Museum Films Presents French Film Month

Throughout July, OKCMOA showcases the best of classical and contemporary French cinema

 

OKLAHOMA CITY - This year, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) continues its annual tradition of highlighting the best of French film throughout July. Beginning on Bastille Day, Friday, July 14, and running through Sunday, July 16, Museum Films' French Film Week series presents a handpicked program of recent French cinema. Throughout the month OKCMOA will also screen the films of Jacques Demy.

 

"This year's French Film Week lineup is particularly strong," said Michael J. Anderson, director of curatorial affairs. "Bertrand Bonello's 'Nocturama' is one of the most ambitious, strikingly modern films to debut on the festival circuit this year, and we're thrilled to be able to preview the film in advance of its theatrical debut in New York. We're also excited to screen 'Slack Bay,' a bold surrealist comedy starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Cannes Film Festival favorite, Bruno Dumont, whose remarkable 'Li'l Quinquin' played at OKCMOA in 2015."

 

Each Thursday in July, Museum Films will showcase the work of Jacques Demy, a beloved figure of the 1960s French New Wave movement best known for his exquisite homages to the classical Hollywood musical. All four films will screen in new restorations.

 

"The films of Jacques Demy are some of the most sublimely romantic in the history of French cinema," Anderson said. "With their rich, jewel-toned palates and lilting melodies by composer Michel Legrand, Demy's musicals effortlessly capture the elation and melancholy of star-crossed love."

 

Tickets for French Film Week and Museum Films' Jacques Demy retrospective are now on sale. Prices are $5 for OKCMOA members, $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+), college students with IDs and teens ages 13 to 18 and $5 for children 12 and under.  

 

"We are also in the process of planning our inaugural Film Society Selects screening," Anderson added. This members-only event will be held in concert with French Film Week and will offer opportunities for collaborative programming and discussion. OKCMOA Film Society members are presented with a set of five films and given the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Dr. Anderson will provide an introduction for the winning film, which will be projected in OKCMOA's Samuel Roberts Noble Theater on Saturday, July 15.

 

"For this event, we've chosen a set of potential screenings that offer new perspectives on current French cinema and the work of our featured filmmaker, Jacques Demy," Anderson said. "Two recent works from major auteurs, Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' and Olivier Assayas's 'Personal Shopper,' present edgy, genre-bending observations on technology, desire and class set in contemporary Paris, while three French New Wave films from the 1960s, Jacques Demy's coolly melancholic 'Bay of Angels,' Agnes Varda's ethereal 'Cleo From 5 to 7' and Jean-Luc Godard's vivaciously witty 'A Woman is a Woman,' offer fascinating variations on Demy's virtuosic, unmistakably French take on the classical Hollywood musical."   

 

Other benefits of an OKCMOA Film Society membership include an invitation to four special events a year, two free film ticket vouchers to any Museum Film screening, movie poster giveaways, e-newsletter subscription and drink specials.

 

For more information on the French Film Month programming and more upcoming Museum Films events, visit: http://www.okcmoa.com/visit/events/museum-films-presents-french-film-month/

 

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