Weekend cinema in Charlottesville
There are a number of films to look forward to this weekend in the Charlottesville area. First is the annual Festival du Film Francophone at the University of Virginia. Made possible by a grant from the Tournées Film Festival, the French department at the University plans on screening 5 films from Thursday through Sunday. The festival focuses on contemporary French cinema, and concludes with OFFscreen's own presentation of Dreams of Dust on Sunday evening.
DANS PARIS (2006)
Th. 19 Feb., 6:30pm, Wilson 402 Auditorium (map)
Dir: Christophe Honore, 93 min.
FRANTZ FANON: SA VIE, SON COMBAT, SON TRAVAIL (2004)
FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, HIS WORK
Fri. 20 Feb., 6:00pm, Wilson 402 Auditorium (map)
Dir: Cheikh Djemai, 140 min.
LA QUESTION HUMAINE (2007)
Sat. 21 Feb., 4:30pm, Clark 107 (map)
Dir: Nicolas Klotz, 144 min.
LA FAUTE A FIDEL (2006)
BLAME IT ON FIDEL
Sat. 21 Feb., 7:45pm, Clark 107 (map)
Dir: Julie Gavras, 99 min.
REVES DE POUSSIERE (2006)
DREAMS OF DUST
Sun. 22 Feb., 7:00pm and 9:30pm, Newcomb Theater
Dir: Laurent Salgues, 86 min.
All showings are sub-titled in English.
All showings are FREE except for REVES DE POUSSIERE, which is $3 (in partnership with OFFScreen). Additionally, each film will be introduced by a member of the French department at UVA and will include a discussion at the conclusion of each film.
For a summary of each film check the festival's website, linked above. Trailers of the films can be found after the jump.
Switching gears, there will be a film screening at The Bridge Progressive Arts Institute on Thursday evening. The film, My Name is Albert Ayler, is a Swedish documentary on legendary tenor saxaphonist Albert Ayler. This is a man who jumped on stage at a Coltrane show, started wailing on his sax, and so impressed the legend, that Coltrane asked to have Ayler play at is funeral. Ayler's mantra: "If people don't like it now, they will." Rumor has it that there will be an OFFscreen contingent attending this show, so come join us for this fascinating story of a man who could go through anything because of his belief in his art.
MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER
Thursday, February 19 at 7 PM at the Bridge Progressive Arts institute. (map)
Admission is $5
Frantz Fanon: Sa Vie, Son Combat, Son Travail
No trailer available.
La Question Humaine
La Faute a Fidel
Bonus: Some Albert Ayler tracks at Last.fm
Dreams of Dust official preview coming soon!