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Distributed February 11, 2005
Contact Mary Jo Curtis

February 24 to March 6, 2005
Brown To Present Eighth Annual Providence French Film Festival

Brown University will present its eighth annual Providence French Film Festival Feb. 24 through March 6, 2005, at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St. Among the 17 movies to be screened this year are Notre Musique, the latest film from Jean-Luc Godard, and a Saturday matinee of The Frog’s Prophecy, which will be free for children under 12.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The newest works of both established filmmakers and emerging talents will be featured when Brown University presents its eighth annual Providence French Film Festival Feb. 24 through March 6, 2005, at the Cable Car Cinema.

Seventeen French language films from France, Belgium, Quebec and Switzerland are scheduled for screenings during the 11-day festival. The selections include films from noted directors Jacques Rivette (Histoire de Marie et Julien), Jean-Luc Godard (Notre Musique), Arnaud Desplechin (Kings and Queen), Olivier Assayas (Clean) and Manoel de Oliveira (A Talking Picture), as well as from newcomers Christophe Honoré (Ma Mere), Daniel Roby (Peau Blanche) and Denis Chouinard (L’Ange de Goudron).

There will also be a Saturday matinee of The Frog’s Prophecy (La Prophetie Des Grenouilles), an animated feature that will delight audiences of all ages; it will be free to children under 12. In addition, this year’s festival features a selection of experimental shorts, including the extraordinary documentary 10th District Court: Moments of Trial (10e Chambre), by Raymond Depardon, and the recently re-released 1970 classic Peau D’Ane (Donkey Skin), by Jacques Demy and starring Catherine Deneuve and Jean Marais.

In its second weekend, the festival will host Dominique Cabrera (Nadia and the Hippopotamus, The Milk of Human Kindness), who will attend the regional premiere screenings of her latest film, A Wonderful Spell. Cabrera, who last visited the festival in 2000, will take part in a roundtable discussion that will be free and open to the public.

“The festival continues its adventurous, unpredictable course,” said festival programmer Richard Manning. “The line-up features film genres both stretched and blurred as the language of cinema is expanded.”

The Providence French Film Festival was founded in 1998 by Sylvie Toux as a joint venture between Brown’s Department of French, Department of Modern Culture and Media and the Brown Film Society. It is also sponsored this year by the Seveaux Family Film and Lecture Endowment.

Screenings are scheduled from late afternoon through the evening; they will begin at noon Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students; festival passes for admission to eight films are $40 for general admission and $30 for students. Tickets will be on sale at the Cable Car Box Office, 204 South Main St., beginning Feb. 18.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit, or call (401) 863-2853 or (617) 354-4606. For directions to the Cable Car, visit


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