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Hope College Presents

2nd Annual French Film Festival

Thursday, January 22 –
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Join us January 22 – 24 for a series of contemporary French films being shown as part of the 2nd Annual Hope College French Film Festival! Admission to each film is free for Hope students with student ID and $4 for the general public, and includes a post-screening discussion led by members of the Hope College faculty. Note that all films are in French, but will include English subtitles.


Thursday, January 22 – Knickerbocker Theatre, 7:30pm

Quai D’Orsay (English Title: The French Minister)

Read more and find the trailer here.

Quai D’Orsay is a 2013 critically acclaimed political satire from director Bertrand Tavernier. Optimist Arthur Vlaminck, fresh from grad school, secures a job at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs working for Alexandre Taillard, a man whose staff is constantly bewildered by him. But “what makes [the film] so memorable is that, as Quai d’Orsay progresses, Arthur comes to see that there are hints of canniness lurking beyond the stuffed shirt” (Scott Foundras, Toronto Film Critic). As a festival opener, this witty and intelligent film pokes fun at something we all enjoy satirizing--the world of politics.


Friday, January 23 - Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center, 7:30pm

La guerre est déclarée (English Title: Declaration of War)

Read more and find the trailer here.

Based on a true story, this film follows a young couple's fight for the survival of their son who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The two actors of this intense drama are the actual parents which make this movie even more inspiring, emotional, and personal. The director and main actress, Valérie Donzelli, has used very modern cinematographic techniques and a breathtaking soundtrack to recount how the main characters found refuge in their families, friends and themselves in order to face this painful ordeal. Contemporary and truly sincere, La guerre est déclarée won't leave you indifferent.


Saturday, January 24 - Knickerbocker Theatre, 3:00pm

Le Chat du Rabbin (English title: The Rabbi’s Cat) 

Read more and find the trailer here.

Based on a comic book series by Joann Sfar, this award winning animated film is set in Algeria during the 1920s and follows the adventures of a talking cat as he sets out on a quest for a mythical African city.  Joined by an eccentric cast of characters, the story unfolds as the cat has decided to become Jewish and is making plans for his Bar Mitzvah.  The film highlights the clash of culture and religion occurring in Algeria in the ‘20s, and has something for audiences young and old alike.


Saturday, January 24 - Knickerbocker Theatre, 7:30pm

Le Passé (English title: The Past)

Read more and find the trailer here.

Directed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and starring actress Bérénice Bejo of The ArtistLe Passéfocuses on the story of a long estranged Iranian couple as they meet in Paris to finalize their divorce.  It is a gripping drama full of twists and turns as all of the characters are confronted with their own and others’ choices and mistakes from the past.  Not only does the film follow the couple, Marie and Ahmad, but also Marie’s new partner Samir, his son and Marie’s two daughters. Le Passé looks at themes of the intimacy in domesticity as well as the danger sometimes involved with remembering past events. 


*The Film Festival Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors that made this festival possible: Hope College Cultural Affairs Committee, the Office of Events and Conferences, the Phelps Scholars Program, as well as the departments of Modern and Classical Languages, International Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, English, and Communications.


Directions and Parking Information

Knickerbocker Theatre
is located in downtown Holland at 86 E 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423. Their information line is 616-395-7890. For more information, please see: hope.edu/arts/knick/directions

Fried-Hemenway Auditorium is located in room 135 of the Martha Miller Center at 257 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI 49423.

Public parking is available on 8th Street, in downtown lots, and in visitor parking lots on the Hope College campus (maps.hope.edu)