Salve Regina hosts 9th French Film Festival March 23-April 3

NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina’s ninth annual French Film Festival will again bring a French flair to Newport with live music, wine tasting, raffles and six remarkable and unique films, all in French with English subtitles. The festival will run from March 23 to April 3.

All films will be screened on campus in Bazarsky Lecture Hall in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. The festival will open with a reception and free wine tasting in McAuley Hall, which is directly adjacent to O’Hare. To avoid lines at the door, buy a festival pass online or call (401) 341-2250.

Film Schedule:

Populaire (romantic comedy)
7 p.m. Sunday, March 23 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Spring 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle (Deborah Francois) lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But when she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard (Romain Duris) is advertising for a secretary, Rose reveals a special gift - she can type at extraordinary speed. If she wants the job she'll have to compete in a speed typing competition, with Louis as her trainer. He'll turn her into the fastest girl not only in France, but in the world. But a love of sport doesn't always mix well with love itself... (Description from The Weinstein Company)

In the House/Dans la maison (psychological thriller)
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall

A film of Hitchcockian grace and suspense. Sixteen-year-old Claude insinuates himself into the house of fellow high school student Rapha. For his jaded literature teacher Germain (Fabrice Luchini), Claude writes about Rapha's family in essays that perversely blur the lines between reality and fiction. Intrigued by this gifted and unusual student, Germain rediscovers his taste for teaching, but the boy's intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events. Kristin Scott-Thomas plays Germain's wife, Jeanne, a contemporary art gallery director who avidly follows Claude's semi-imaginary escapades, while Emmanuelle Seigner plays Rapha's mom, Claude's object of desire. (Description from Cohen Media Group)

War Witch/Rebelle (drama)
7 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall

In this moving and unexpectedly lyrical film, 12-year-old Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her "War Witch"), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past. (Description from Tribeca Films)

Renoir (historical drama)
2 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall

A love story about the famed painter, his son Jean (the famed director) and their muse. In the Cote d'Azur in 1915, the twilight years of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) are tormented by the loss of his wife, and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action. But, when a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andree (Christa Theret) will become his last model and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation, inspiring some of Renoir's most renowned works, including "Les baigneuses" (The Bathers). (Description from Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Something in the Air/Apres mai (political drama)
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall

In the months after the heady weeks of May 1968, a group of young people search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning. For Gilles (Clement Mettayer), this means having to balance his political commitments with his desire to explore painting and filmmaking; for his girlfriend Christine (Lola Creton), this means throwing herself wholeheartedly into the task of organizing. Director Olivier Assayas here describes the sentimental education of a generation that was too young to have been on the barricades: exploring new lifestyles, arguing about strategies and tactics, and accompanied by a soundtrack acting as the artistic unconscious of an era. The period details are perfect, but what makes this film so special is the sense it conveys of history as lived experience. (Description from IFC Films)

Rust and Bone/De rouille et d'os (romantic drama)
7 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), finding himself with a 5-year-old child on his hands, takes refuge with his sister in Antibes, in the south of France. Working as a bouncer in a nightclub, he comes to the aid of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) during a nightclub brawl. Stephanie trains orca whales at Marineland; when a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. As their stories intersect and diverge, they navigate a world where strength, beauty, youth and blood are commodities - but where trust, truth, loyalty and love cannot be bought and sold, and courage comes in many forms. (Description from Sony Pictures Classics)