(November 8, 2013)

Centenary, Robinson celebrate National French Week

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary’s Film Society and Robinson Film Center are celebrating National French Week, November 8-14, with a four-film series.

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Centenary's Film Society will celebrate National French Week at the Robinson Film Center

"French cinema, at its best, is very smart, stylish, and innovative," said Dr. Jeff Hendricks, Centenary Professor of English and Film Society Chair. "Bringing these films to our community helps remind us of the long-standing political, economic, and cultural relationship between France and the United States. And we couldn't do this were it not for the support from the French embassy and Consulate General in New Orleans."

The series includes

Haute Cuisine (Comedy, 95 min., PG-13): When a renowned chef is picked by the President, she must navigate professional jealousy and prickly politics.

Renoir (Drama, 111 min, R.): As the French impressionist painter turns to the last chapter of his life, he discovers a new muse in the form of his son’s flame.

Populaire (Comedy, 111 min., R): A village girl storms the city workforce armed with an extraordinary skill: she can type very, very fast. Can she compete?

Therésè (Drama, 110 min., NR): An unhappily married woman (Tautou) struggles to break free from social pressures of 1920s France.

"The Robinson Film Center was built to showcase international cinema," said Alexandyr Kent, RFC Executive Director. "We like to immerse moviegoers in the good stuff, and it will be fun to showcase four new gems from France during one bright week."

French influence is a rich part of both Louisiana and Centenary's heritage. Since the arrival of the French explorers, France has been a historic partner of our state.

Centenary's ties to France go back to its very first professor—a professor of French. Centenary recently announced a new initiative to promote those ties, Centenary in Paris. Centenary in Paris is an August segment in which all first-year Centenary students in fall 2014 will begin their college experience with immersive study in Paris, France.

National French Week was created by the American Association of Teachers of French. French Film Week is sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France, the Consulate General of France in New Orleans, and the Centenary Film Society.

For more information, contact Alexandyr Kent at 318.459.4123 or email.

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