Cameron University presents French film festival

The Cameron University International Film Club, the Magic Lantern Film Society, Phi Sigma Iota and Sigma Tau Delta will present the second annual French Film Festival featuring six contemporary French language films on August 20-22 and August 27-29. The festival includes critically acclaimed subtitled films from a variety of genres. Screenings will take place in the University Theatre at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public at no charge.  

Films slated for week one of the festival are “Le Chef,” “The Painting” and “Farewell.” Week two will feature “Romantics Anonymous,” “Tales of the Night” and “Merry Christmas.”

Thursday, August 20:  “Le Chef”

In this 2014 comedy, a veteran chef, played by Jean Reno, faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO. When management tries to sabotage his Michelin star, he brings in a younger want-to-be chef who helps him merge traditional French cuisine with molecular gastronomy.  (Rated PG-13)

Friday, August 21: “The Painting” (“Le Tableau”)

A wryly inventive parable, this 2011 animated feature presents three characters of different social classes who escape their unfinished painting in search of the Painter, hoping he will complete it. The film was nominated for the César Award for Best Animated Feature and has been described as “creative, colorful and unexpectedly wise.” (Not rated)

Saturday, August 22:  “Farewell” (“L’affaire Farewell”)

“Farewell” is a 2009 espionage thriller loosely based the actions of a high-ranking KGB official set during the height of the Cold War. The French intelligence service alerts the U.S. about a Soviet spy operation, which sets off an unfortunate chain of events. It is adapted from the book “Bonjour Farewell: La vérité sur la taupe française du KGB.” (Not rated)

Thursday, August 27: “Romantics Anonymous” (“les émotifs anonymes”)

A 2011 romantic comedy, “Romantics Anonymous” tells the story of Jean-René and Angélique, who both work at a chocolate factory and who both suffer from social anxiety disorder. She is afraid of just about everything; he is particularly afraid of intimacy. As they work together to save his factory, they fall in love but have substantial difficulties expressing their feelings. (Not rated)

Friday, August 28: “Tales of the Night” (Les Contes de la nuit)

Released in 2011, “Tales of the Night” is an animated feature that combines six episodes of the French television program “Dragons et princesses.” The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. History blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees - and each fable ends with its own ironic twist. (Not rated)

Saturday, August 29: “Merry Christmas” (“Joyeux Noël)

This 2005 release focuses on the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes best Foreign Language Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language, as well as for six César Awards. (Rated PG-13)

Funding for the French Film Festival is provided by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

For more information, contact Dr. Marie-Ginette Baillargeon at 580-581-2262 or


August 12, 2015