IN THE week following the horrific attacks in Paris, a timely reminder of the resilience of French culture, and the joy it brings to world, comes to Galway through next weekend's French Film Festival.
The Galway Film Society, in association with IFI and Access Cinema, presents the French Film Festival in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday November 29.
Opening film, comedy-drama Les Souvenirs (2015 ) sees lonely and abandoned Madeleine (Annie Cordy ) escapes from her nursing home to her seaside hometown in Normandy. Her grandson Romain must find her, and along the way his search becomes a journey into his grandmother's past. See it at 3pm.
L'Ombre Des Femmes (2015, B&W ), influenced by French New Wave, centers on documentary makers Pierre (Stanislas Merhar ) and Manon (Clotilde Courau ). When Pierre takes a lover (intern Elisabeth ), their relationship starts unravelling. Pierre feels no responsibility, until he learns that Manon has a new boyfriend. See it at 6pm.
La Tete Haute (2015 ) is about troubled teenager Malony (Rod Paradot ) who has been in and out of detention facilities, counselling centres, and prison, since the age of six, despite the tireless efforts of his social worker (Benoît Magimel ) and the juvenile judge assigned to his case (Catherine Deneuve ). This film is a sympathetic yet honest portrait of a young man living on the margins of society. See it at 8pm.
In advance of the festival, the Galway Film Society will whet audience appetites for French film with the screening of the French box-office hit The Bélier Family, in the Town Hall Theatre this Sunday at 8pm. Everyone in the Bélier household is deaf except Paula (Louane Emera ), who acts as interpreter for her parents and siblings, but she has become distracted of late. There is that good looking young lad in school, and when he joins the choir, Paula thinks she should too.
Tickets for all the above films are available through 091 - 569777 or www.tht.ie