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FAU Presents French Film Festival

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 23, 2013) - Florida Atlantic University’s department of languages, linguistics and comparative literature in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present a French Film Festival on Thursdays at 6 p.m., from Jan. 31 to Feb. 28. All movies will be shown with a discussion following the screening in the Performing Arts Building, Room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

All films are in French with English subtitles and will be introduced by FAU faculty. Films include “Le Havre,” “Les Hommes Libres” (Free Men), “White Material,” “Film Socialisme,” and “Le Gamin Au Vélo” (The Boy with a Bike).

  • “Le Havre,” to be shown on Jan. 31. A wonderful celebration of France’s national motto — liberty, equality, fraternity — “Le Havre” is also something of a paean to World War II Resistance dramas. It centers on Marcel Marx, a once-famous Parisian writer now making his living shining shoes in the northern port town of the title. Marcel divides his time between drinking with his neighbors at the local bar and caring for his ill wife, Arletty. But he soon serves a much nobler purpose when he comes to the aid of Idrissa, a young illegal immigrant from Gabon.
  • “Les Hommes,” to be shown on Feb. 7. The film is a fascinating look at a little-known chapter in the French Resistance during World War II. Ismaël Ferroukhi’s second film, it highlights the courage of a group of Muslim agents who provided North African Jews with false identification papers and assassinated Vichy informants. The film focuses specifically on the political awakening of Younes, an illiterate Algerian immigrant who makes his living selling goods on the black market and in order to avoid prison, he agrees to serve as a spy for the police.
  • “White Material,” to be shown on Feb. 14, is set in an unnamed African country during an unspecified time. It centers on Maria Vial, a coffee-plantation owner who is blindly determined to continue her business while civil war rages on around her. The movie unfolds as a fever dream, casting a haunting, enigmatic look at the horrors of colonialism’s legacy in chronicling Maria’s obstinate stance as chaos engulfs the nation.
  • “Film Socialisme,” to be shown on Feb. 21, is set on a Mediterranean cruise ship, which docks in ports in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Italy, among others. At each stop, passengers reflect on both the horrors of Europe’s past—the Inquisition, the Holocaust—and its uncertain future. In its second half, the focus shifts to a rural gas station whose owners appear to be in the midst of a marital crisis. Larger sociopolitical issues— the Israel-Palestine conflict, for instance—are never far from the characters’ thoughts.
  • “Le Gamin Au Vélo,” to be shown on Feb. 28, is a sublime tale of love and redemption. It begins with an 11-year-old boy in frantic, desperate motion. Refusing to acknowledge that he’s been abandoned by his father, Cyril escapes the children’s home where he’s been living. As the authorities from the children’s home catch up with him, Cyril, refusing to return, tightly grips a total stranger, a woman named Samantha, who will prove to be the heartbroken boy’s savior.

For a full schedule and description of the films, visit or call 561-297-2533.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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