In commemoration of Bastille Day, The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) continues its annual celebration of recent French cinema. Beginning on Thursday, July 12 and running through Sunday, July 15, Museum Films’ French Film Week series presents a curated showcase of crowd-pleasing hits and festival favorites.
“This year’s French Film Week lineup is one of our best yet,” said Dr. Michael J. Anderson, director of curatorial affairs. “We’re thrilled to be able to include bold, personal films by modern masters—like Olivier Assayas’s autobiographical youth-culture reverie, 'Cold Water' and Bruno Dumont’s post-modern rock opera, 'Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc' —alongside the work of relatively unknown rising stars like Valérie Massadian. 'Milla,' was one of the best films of 2017, and we’re very pleased to bring it to Oklahoma City.”
Tickets for French Film Week 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.
French Film Week opens with a new 4K restoration of "Cold Water," an acclaimed, previously unavailable early work by Olivier Assayas ("Personal Shopper"), making its long-awaited debut in U.S. theaters.
Other series highlights include Bruno Dumont’s staggeringly original biographical musical, "Jeannette"—which follows a determined young Joan of Arc as she sings, dances, and wrestles with her vocation—and Valérie Massadian’s graceful second feature, "Milla," one of the most sensitive and wise depictions of adolescent experience and young motherhood in recent years.
Three siblings reunite to save their family vineyard in Cédric Klapisch’s sparkling comedy-drama, "Back to Burgundy," a gorgeous, warm-hearted celebration of family, home and wine-county traditions. A highlight of the Cannes Film Festival’s "Un Certain Regard" program, Laurent Cantet’s "The Workshop" is a sophisticated literary thriller set in the beautiful port city of La Ciotat.
A stirring saga of love and survival set against the backdrop of WWI, "The Guardians" follows the women of the Paridier farm, who strive to maintain their livelihood and traditions while their loved ones are away at the front. Elevated by writer-director Xavier Beauvois’ sensitive screenplay and exquisite, painterly compositions, it features a delicate score by legendary composer Michel Legrand ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg").
French Film week concludes with a special preview of Xavier Giannoli’s "The Apparition," which will screen at OKCMOA in advance of its official American release. An elegant, thought-provoking and beautifully acted fable about the price of faith and the possibility of miracles, "The Apparition" stars leading French actor Vincent Lindon as celebrated journalist recruited by the Vatican to investigate the veracity of a saintly apparition in a small French village.
For more information on the French Film Month programming, visit: http://www.okcmoa.com/visit/events/french-film-week-2018/