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Coastal Carolina to host French Film Festival Feb. 23 to 25

February 19, 2007

Coastal Carolina University will host its fourth annual French Film Festival, beginning Friday, Feb. 23 and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center, located at 160 Willbrook Blvd. off U.S. 17 in Litchfield.

The event, organized by contemporary foreign film instructor Josette Sharwell, was made possible through the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. Admission is $2 and free for students. For more information, call Sharwell at 235-6447 or the Waccanaw Center at 349-4030.

Friday, Feb. 23

-- 7 p.m., "Story of My Life," directed by Laurent Tirard, 2004

An urbane comedy about the love life of a celebrity ghostwriter stuck with the task of ghostwriting the biography of an arrogant soccer star. Won a Cesar (French equivalent of Oscars) in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor.

Saturday, Feb. 24

-- 10 a.m., "Genesis," directed by C. Nuridsany and M. Perennou, 2004

Captivating documentary filmed over a six-year period on locations from the Galapagos Islands to Madagascar with spectacular shots of unusual animals.

-- 1:30 p.m., "Gilles' Wife," directed by Frederic Fonteyne, 2004

In a small mining town in the 1930s, Elisa is a devoted wife and mother passionately in love with her husband Gilles. During her third pregnancy, she suspects him of having an affair with her younger sister. She decides on a strategy to keep him, but will she succeed?

-- 4 p.m., "The Beat My Heart Skipped," directed by Jacques Audiard, 2005

In this thriller, director Audiard combines Bach and rock in a groundbreaking transformation of an American genre: gangster-seeking-redemption film. Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas appears destined to follow in the footsteps of his sleazy slumlord father. An unexpected encounter reignites his long buried desire of life as a concert pianist. Winner of eight Cesars (French Oscars) and one BAFTA (British Oscars) for Best Film.

Sunday, Feb. 25

-- 1:30 p.m., "Olga's Chignon," directed by Jerome Bonnel, 2002

A young man becomes infatuated with a young woman named Olga whom he sees through the window of a bookstore. Meanwhile, he is trying to help Alice, his childhood friend, get over a breakup. His sister Emma wonders if she is gay, and their father is not sure how to deal with advances of the wife of one of his friends. Winner of FIPRESCI prize at 2003 Chicago International Film Festival.

-- 4 p.m., "Mondovino," directed by Jonathan Nossiter, 2004

Nossiter spent three years traveling the globe to examine the changes facing the wine industry, especially those wrought by the rapacious Mondavi family, God-like critic R. Parker and devilishly charming consultant M. Rolland. Nominated for a Golden Palm at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.