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2005 Film Festival coming up at CCUs Waccamaw Cente

February 24, 2005

Five French films will be featured during the Pawleys Island 2005 Film Festival on March 12 and 13 at Coastal Carolina Universitys Waccamaw Center for Higher Education in Litchfield.

A $1 donation (per movie) is asked at the door, and popcorn will be available. All movies are first-run films with English subtitles. The three being shown on Saturday are for all ages, but the titles presented Sunday contain sexual explicitness and may not be suitable for children.

The film festival is presented as part of the Tournees program, which is intended to promote French culture, made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture.

The viewing will be in the 138-seat Meeting Room at the center located at 160 Willbrook Blvd. in Litchfield just west of the Hampton Inn on U.S. 17.

Overnight accommodations are available at special rates at the Litchfield Inn or at the Hampton Inn. For more information, call Josette Sharwell, director of the film festival, at (843)-235-6447.

Saturday, 10 a.m. Le Papillon (The Butterfly) 2002, directed by Philippe Muyl

Eight-year-old Elsa and her mother move in next door to Julien (Michel Serrault), a grumpy entomologist with a vast butterfly collection in his apartment. When Julien leaves town for a weeklong hiking expedition in the Alps to find an exotic butterfly, he instead discovers an uninvited companion, Elsa. French with English subtitles.

Saturday, 2 p.m. Monsieur N. (Mr. N.) 2003, directed by Antoine de Caunes

Based on real events, the film examines the enigma surrounding the last years of Napoleons exile on the windswept island of St. Helena at the hands of the British. Monsieur N. cross-cuts between 1849 when Napoleons body is reburied in Paris and the years he spent on St. Helena from 1815 to 1821. French with English subtitles.

Saturday, 5 p.m. Depuis quOtar est parti (Since Otar Left) 2003, directed by Julie Bertucelli. Grand prize, 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Cesar Awards, Best First Fiction Film

Three generations of Georgian women live together in contemporary Tbilisi, the capital of the former Soviet republic. The strong-willed matriarch Eka longs for her beloved son Otar, living in Paris, and waits for his weekly letters. When her daughter and granddaughter learn of Otars death, they decide to keep the letters coming. French, Georgian & Russian with English subtitles.

Sunday, 1 p.m. Bon Voyage 2003, directed by Jean-Louis Rappeneau

From the director of Cyrano de Bergerac and The Horseman On The Roof comes this larger-than-life romantic comedy about a motley group of Parisians who head South to escape the imminent German occupation and all check into the glamorous Hotel Splendid in Bordeaux.All become hopelessly entangled in a madcap adventure filled with intrigue, mystery, romance and suspense. French with English subtitles.

Sunday, 4 p.m. Les Egares Strayed 2003, directed by Andre Techine

The recently widowed Odile flees Paris in 1940 with her two children, Philippe (13) and Cathy (7). When Germans bomb the road packed with refugees, Odiles car is destroyed and they flee into the woods. They encounter Yvan, a mysterious adolescent, and the four fugitives stumble upon an abandoned house in the country where they settle as on a desert island. French with English subtitles.