At the Byrd Theater
Festival Opens Thursday with Special Free 20th Anniversary Screenings.
The three Thursday films and the special anniversary screening of Cyrano de Bergerac on Saturday, all presented by their directors, are free of charge in celebration of the Festival’s 20th year.
Director : René Vautier
Screenplay : René Vautier
Starring : Alexandre Arcady, Philippe Léotar d, Yves Branellec, Hamid Djelloli
Presentation by and discussion with director René Vautier
Thursday, March 29 – 6:00 p.m. at the Byrd Theater • 1h40 • Parental Guidance Plus • Free of charge
Un groupe de Bretons réfractaires et pacifistes est envoyé en Algérie. Ces êtres confrontés aux horreurs de la guerre deviennent peu à peu des machines à tuer. L’un d’entre eux ne l’acceptera pas et désertera en emmenant avec lui un prisonnier du FLN qui devait être exécuté le lendemain.
Director : Gérard Krawczyk
Screenplay : Didier Daeninckx, Gérard Krawczyk, Alain Layrac
Starring : Virginie Ledoyen, Maïdi Roth, Marc Duret, Saïd Taghmaoui, Édouard Baer, Charlotte de Tuckheim
Presentation by and discussion with director Gérard Krawczyk
Thursday, March 29 – 8:15 p.m. at the Byrd Theater • 1h50 • Parental Guidance • Free of charge
Two friends, Jeanne and Johanna, are members of a rinky-dink orchestra, ”Les Sirènes”, playing the Decazeville region in everything from ballrooms to beauty pageants. While Jeanne is introverted and romantic, Johanna is outgoing and sensual. A talent competition in Toulouse catapults them to success thanks to a sound engineer’s ruse: Johanna mimes on stage to a play-back of Jeanne’s voice. The crowd goes wild, a star is born. Johanna has it all: great presence, great voice. Gigs follow, and their ill-shared success proves devastating for our two heroines, who learn that in a society where appearances are all, there is one thing that cannot be bought: their friendship.
Director : Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Screenplay : Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Jean-Claude Carrière
Starring : Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber
Presentation by and discussion with director Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Saturday, March 31 – 7:00 p.m. at the Byrd Theater • 2h15 • General Audience • Free of charge
The extremely sharp-witted and articulate young officer Cyrano de Bergerac is hopelessly in love with his cousin Roxane. Yet his love remains undeclared, for he is convinced that she will reject him because of his unusually prominent nose. Instead, Cyrano expresses his love for Roxane anonymously by crafting beautiful love poems on behalf of his shy but handsome friend Christian, who also happens to be in love with her. Roxane becomes smitten with the author of the poems, whom she believes is Christian, though she has unwittingly fallen in love with Cyrano himself.
Special 20th Anniversary Screening Event
Saturday, March 31st 7:00p.m.
Hard to believe that it has been twenty years now
since French director Jean-Paul Rappeneau participated in the 1st French Film Festival.
Directors and actors participated during the first three years of the Festival
by teleconferences which were held after the screenings.
Since that first Festival when “Cyrano de Bergerac” was screened,
other films of Jean-Paul Rappeneau have been programmed at the Byrd Theatre during the Festival
In honor of the first French director who participated in the Festival,
the Byrd Theatre, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Cultural Services, the French Embassy in Washington and the Institut Français – Cinéma present this special 20th Festival anniversary free screening of French cinema’s classic blockbuster:
“Cyrano de Bergerac“
and welcome to Richmond French director Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Donations to the Byrd Theatre Foundation can be made in the lobby following the screening