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Sacramento French Film Festival

JULY 20-22 & 28-29 2007 - CREST THEATRE


 The 6th Sacramento French Film Festival will open on Friday July 20th at 6pm with a fabulous opening reception, followed at 8:30pm by the acclaimed drama by Andre Téchiné, THE WITNESSES (Les Témoins), starring Emmanuelle Béart and Michel Blanc.
 The Festival will close on Sunday July 29th with DANS PARIS, the witty comedy in homage to Paris and the New Wave by up-and-coming director Christophe Honoré; followed by a champagne party.

 PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Coeurs) the latest film by veteran Alain Resnais, winner of the Silver Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival - nominated Best Film of the Year by the legendary magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema and the French Syndicate of Film Critics.
 MY BEST FRIEND (Mon meilleur Ami), the latest comedy by Patrice Leconte, one of France's most renowned writer-directors. A wonderful story on love and friendship;
 FLANDERS (Flandres), the unconventional and challenging latest film by Bruno Dumont, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
 LADY CHATTERLEY by Pascale Ferran, winner of the César (French Academy Award) for Best Film and Best Actress in 2007 (for leading lady Marina Hands);
 THE MAN OF MY LIFE (L’Homme de sa vie), the seductive second feature of Zabou Breitman who enchanted the Festival goers with Try to remember in 2004.

 On Saturday July 21st, the quintessential erotic film, EMMANUELLE (1974)
 On Saturday July 28th, EXTERMINATING ANGELS (Les Anges exterminateurs), the latest film by Jean-Claude Brisseau, French cinema's bad boy.

 ARMY OF SHADOWS (L’Armée des ombres, 1969), the historical drama and masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville that had never been released in the U.S. before this year and was voted Best Film of the Year by several influential American film critics.
 MY UNCLE (Mon Oncle, 1958), the comedy by Jacques Tati, starring Monsieur Hulot. An excellent choice for children of all ages, very little dialog and subtitles.
 FANFAN LA TULIPE (1952) an adventure film by Christian Jaque, starring Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida, winner of audience award at the 1952 Berlin Film Festival and the Award for Best Director in Cannes.
 THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (La cité des enfants perdus, 1995), a surprising sci-fi movie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (the director of Amélie) and Marc Caro.


OTHER EVENTS include free breakfasts following the midnight screenings; an exhibition of original artworks by Sacramento artists in the lobby of the Crest; and a raffle for a chance to win two round-trip tickets to Paris on Air France and two trips for two at the Grand Re- Opening of Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico!

The 2006 Festival witnessed an 11% growth in attendance and won the Dottie Award for Best Website in the Entertainment category.

For more information about the films and to watch movie trailers:

 Show Times / page 2
 Feature films synopsis / page 3
 Ticket information / page 5


FIRST WEEKEND July 20th – 22nd

Friday July 20th

Crest Theatre Lobby
In the Main auditorium
8:30pm Opening Film: THE WITNESSES (Les Témoins) by André Téchiné ( min)

Saturday July 21st

In the Main auditorium
1:30am MY UNCLE (Mon oncle, 1958) by Jacques Tati, 1958 (116 min)
1:05pm PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Coeurs) by Alain Resnais (120 min)
3:45pm FLANDERS (Flandres) by Bruno Dumont (91 min)
6:00pm MY BEST FRIEND (Mon meilleur ami) Patrice Leconte (93 min)
8:15pm ARMY OF SHADOWS (L’Armée des ombres) by Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969 (145 min)

In the Small auditorium
Midnight EMMANUELLE (1974) by Just Jaeckin (105 min)
(WARNING! this film contains explicit sex scenes)
Followed by an early breakfast!

Sunday July 22nd
In the Main auditorium
10:50am Flanders (Flandres) by Bruno Dumont (91 min)
1:00pm MY UNCLE (Mon oncle) by Jacques Tati, 1958 (116 min)
3:35pm ARMY OF SHADOWS (L’Armée des ombres) by Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969 (145 min)
6:40pm PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Coeurs) by Alain Resnais (120 min)
9:15pm SHORT FILMS / PROGRAM 1 (130 min)

SECOND WEEKEND July 28th – 29th

Saturday July 28th

In the Main auditorium
10:30am THE MAN OF MY LIFE (L’Homme de sa vie) by Zabou Breitman (114 min)
1:00pm SHORT FILMS / PROGRAM 2 (85 min)
3:05pm FANFAN LA TULIPE by Christian Jaque, 1952 (93 min)
5:20pm LADY CHATTERLEY by Pascale Ferran (168 min)
8:45pm THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (La Cite des enfants perdus) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc
Caro, 1995 (116 min)

In the Small auditorium
Midnight EXTERMINATING ANGELS (Les Anges Exterminateurs) by Jean-Claude Brisseau (100 min)
(WARNING! this film contains explicit sex scenes)
Followed by an early breakfast!

Sunday July 29th

In the Main auditorium
11:00am THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREn (La Cite des enfants perdus) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc
Caro, 1995 (116 min)
1:35pm LADY CHATTERLEY by Pascale Ferran (168 min)
4:55pm THE MAN OF MY LIFE (L’Homme de sa vie) by Zabou Breitman (114 min)
7:35pm Closing Film: DANS PARIS by Christophe Honoré (93 min)

Crest Theatre Lobby

For more information about the films and to watch movie trailers:
Photos of the films available to download at:


THE WITNESSES (Les Témoins) by André Téchiné, 2007 (112 min)
One screening only - Friday July 20 – 8:30pm
Paris, summer 1984. Adrien (Michel Blanc), a wealthy gay doctor in his early fifties, introduces his young friend Manu –who has just come up to Paris - to Sarah (Emmanuelle Béart) and Mehdi (Sami Bouajila), a young couple who have just welcomed their first child. An unplanned love affair and the onset of the AIDS epidemic upset the ordered tranquility of their individual destinies. Each of them becomes a protagonist in - and witness to - a contemporary tragedy, where those who don’t die may emerge stronger, but not undamaged.

DANS PARIS by Christophe Honoré, 2006 (93 min)
One screening only – Sunday July 29 - pm
Dans Paris follows two dissimilar brothers during one day: one who came back home depressed after a break-up; the other who tries to cheer him up. In this joyful homage to the New Wave and to Paris, Christophe Honoré brings together two styles of French cinéma, embodied by pop actor Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped – SFFF 2005) and indy favorite Louis Garrel (winner of the 2006 César for Best Young Actor). Dans Paris cemented Honoré’s place as the leading young filmmaker of his generation.

(WARNING! these films contain violence, strong language & explicit sex scenes)

EMMANUELLE by Just Jaeckin, 1974 (105 min)
One screening only - Saturday July 21 – midnight
Emmanuelle needs no introduction: it launched the vogue of soft-porn movies of the 1970s and has since become a classic! Emmanuelle (one-time wonder Sylvia Kristel) joins her diplomat husband in Thailand, where she will search for physical pleasure in the arms of several partners, men and women. The film is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Emmanuelle Arsan that was banned for several years in France. After the triumph of the movie, numerous sequels (from Europe, the United States and Asia) followed; none is as good as the original!

EXTERMINATING ANGELS (Les Anges Exterminateurs) by Jean-Claude Brisseau, 2006 (100 min)
One screening only - Saturday July 28 – midnight
From the director who scandalized France and the 2004 SFFF with Secret Things, comes Exterminating Angels, a film that will shock you, make you think and turn you on! François is a filmmaker holding auditions for his upcoming film in which he hopes to uncover the secret of female pleasure. As his female cast embarks on a journey of intense physical pleasure-seeking, they become emotionally and dangerously involved with the director and each other.


MY BEST FRIEND by Patrice Leconte, 2006 (93 min)
One screening only - Saturday July 21 – 6pm
An arrogant and cold middle-aged antique dealer (Daniel Auteuil) blindsided by the revelation that none of his “dearest friends” believe that he actually has friends, accepts a bet: he must produce a best friend to keep the antique vase he has just purchased. Francois tries hard to find a friend and while moving through Paris he encounters a trivia-spouting, big-hearted cabbie (Dany Boon) who will try to teach him the meaning of friendship.

LADY CHATTERLEY by Pascale Ferran, 2006 (168 min)
Saturday July 28 – 5:20pm & Sunday July 29 – 1:35pm
Constance is married to Lord Chatterley, who has returned from the war paralyzed from the waist down. Alone with him on their isolated estate, Constance, bored and frustrated, has an affair with their gamekeeper, an affair that will grow into true and tender love. This magical film, in which love and nature are one, tells the story of a passion that is both innocent and subversive - one that transcends, without ever ignoring, class and social conventions.

FLANDERS (Flandres) by Bruno Dumont, 2006 (91 min)
Saturday July 21 – 3:45pm & Sunday July 22 – 10:50am
With Flanders, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Bruno Dumont returns to the land of his childhood in northern France to make what many are calling his most accessible film to date. Demester, a young peasant goes to war in a far-off land, leaving his strange girlfriend Barbe at home. Dumont, whose films usually divide audiences and critics, works with nonprofessional actors and proclaims, “I made films that try to take risks.” Flanders is indeed very original and disturbing.

PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Coeurs) by Alain Resnais, 2006 (120 min)
Saturday July 21 – 1:05pm & Sunday July 22 - 6:40pm
Six lonely and loveless characters collide as they navigate the cold winter months in Paris. Veteran Alain Resnais is at the top of his art to present six intertwined stories that are at the same time funny and tragic. Based on a play by Alan Ayckbourn, the film won the Silver Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival and was nominated Best film of the year by the legendary magazine Les Cahiers du Cinéma and the French Syndicate of Film Critics.

THE MAN OF MY LIFE (L’Homme de sa vie) by Zabou Breitman, 2006 (114 min)
Saturday July 28 – 10:30am & Sunday July 29 – 4:55pm
Frédéric, his wife Frédérique, and their entire clan are spending another summer in their family house deep in the luxuriant Provençale countryside. A solitary gay man, Hugo, has moved in next door. After a convivial dinner, Frédéric and Hugo stay up on the terrace until dawn, exchanging their radically different visions of love. Entirely unaware of their exchange, Frédérique nonetheless notices a distance opening up between her and her husband, and a powerful bond developing between Frédéric and Hugo – a bond which grows stronger daily.


ARMY OF SHADOW (L’Armée des Ombres) by Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969 (145 min)
Saturday July 21 – 8:15pm & Sunday July 22 – 3:35pm
During the Nazi occupation, a group of French citizens is determined to fight the Germans and to survive. This masterpiece is based on a novel by Joseph Kessel, but Melville (Le Cercle Rouge – SFFF 2003) also uses his own wartime experiences to paint a realistic picture of life in the French Resistance. Focusing on small collective and individual acts of heroism and is full of action, suspense and emotion. Originally released in France in 1969, it was only released in the United States in 2006 and was voted Best film of the year by several influential American film critics.

MY UNCLE (Mon Oncle) by Jacques Tati, 1958 (116 min)
Saturday July 21 – 10:30am & Sunday July 22 – 1pm
Monsieur Hulot is back for our pleasure and by popular demand! Bring your kids to this fun, family-friendly film with little dialogue and few subtitles! Slapstick prevails when Monsieur Hulot is let loose in the ultramodern home of his brother-in-law, and in an antiseptic factory that manufactures plastic hose. Tati directs and stars in the second entry of the Hulot series, a delightful satire of mechanized living.

FANFAN LA TTULIPE by Christian Jaque, 1952 (93 min)
One screening only – Saturday July 28 – 3:05pm
Fanfan (Gérard Philipe), a romantic Casanova, has to abandon his free life and sign up with the army to escape a “pitchfork” wedding. But he is also motivated by Adeline (Gina Lollobrigida), a gypsy who predicts military glory and marriage to the King’s daughter for him… Set in the 18th century, Fanfan la Tulipe is full of adventures, swordfights, romance and humor.

THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (La cité des enfants perdus) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, 1995 (112 min)
Saturday July 28 – 8:45pm & Sunday July 29 – 11am
An awful scientist named Krank is aging prematurely because he lacks the ability to dream. Krank's henchmen, a community of Cyclops, kidnap children from town and take them to Krank so that he can invade their dreams. A circus strongman, One (Ron Perlman) looking for his little brother, and a young girl, Miette, embark on a series of wondrous adventures to save the children. The eye-popping sets, ingenious special effects and Jean-Paul Gaultier costumes create an overall effect that you will not soon forget.


 SINGLE TICKET: $9.50 / $8.50 (for Students, Seniors, Deaf Community, Alliance Française, Club Français and Sacramento Valley Citroen Club members)
 SINGLE TICKET ON CLOSING NIGHT (closing film and party): $13 / $12
 FULL FESTIVAL PASS (all screenings & receptions on both weekends): $80
 OPENING NIGHT FESTIVAL PASS (opening reception and film): $51
 FIRST WEEKEND FESTIVAL PASS (all screenings on the 1st weekend & opening reception) : $60
 DOUBLE WEEKENDS FILM PASS (all Festival screenings & closing party): $50
 SINGLE WEEKEND FILM PASS (all screenings on the weekend of your choice): $35

Advance passes are on sale on the Festival website: or at the Alliance Francaise 916/453 1723.

Single tickets are only available at the door / Sales at the door (for single tickets and passes) will be CASH ONLY, no checks, no credit cards.
The CREST THEATRE is located at 1013 K Street in Downtown Sacramento
3 hours free parking with validation at the 10th & L street garage


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