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Annual French Film Series at McDaniel College

McDaniel College’s annual French Film Series returns for another year, with a selection of modern and classic foreign films. Following several of the films in the series, McDaniel will host a post-screening discussion facilitated by McDaniel faculty. The films are free and open to the public, and will begin at 4:30 p.m. They include the documentary “La Cour de Babel,” the Godard classic “Pierrot le Fou,” the animated “Ernest and Celestine,” the French-Belgian dramady “Realite,” the award-winning drama “Loin des Hommes,” and the dark Israeli-set drama “L’Attentat.”

Program

Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m. : “LA COUR DE BABEL” (“THE SCHOOL OF BABEL”) 
This documentary follows a year in a classroom at the Granges-aux-Belles secondary school in Paris, where students who immigrated to France and speak little or no French are welcomed and taught the language, as well as regular school subjects.
In French, with English subtitles. (2013, 89 minutes, not rated)

Thursday, Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m. : “PIERROT LE FOU” 
Jean-Luc Godard wrote and directed this classic film about Pierrot running off from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a young woman chased by hit-men from Algeria. In French, with English subtitles. (1965, 110 minutes, PG-13) 

Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. : “ERNEST AND CELESTINE” 
This animated feature film is about an unlikely friendship between a bear named Ernest and a mouse named Celestine.
In French, with English subtitles. (2012, 81 minutes, PG) 

Monday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. : “RÉALITÉ” (“REALITY”)
A French-Belgian comedy-drama from Quentin Dupieux about a wannabe director who is given a provisional green light to make a horror film if he can devise a death-groan sound that is worthy of an Oscar within 48 hours.
In French and English, with English subtitles. (2014, 95 minutes, not rated)

Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. : “LOIN DES HOMMES” (“FAR FROM MEN”)
Two very different men, Daru, the reclusive teacher, and Mohamed, a farmer accused of murdering his cousin, are thrown together by a world in turmoil and forced to flee across the Atlas Mountains in this drama.
In French, with English subtitles. (2014, 101 minutes, not rated)

Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. : “L’ATTENTAT” (“THE ATTACK”)
Based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra, an Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.
In Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles. (2013, 102 minutes, R)