> now playing in Theatre :
Coco Before Chanel
The extraordinary journey of Gabrielle Chanel before becoming the legendary couturier who encouraged women of the Belle Epoque to break out of their corsets and slip into something more free and styly.
Audrey Tautou plays the orphan Coco, named after a French ditty she performs in nightclubs. Arrogant and nakedly ambitious, Gabrielle seems destined for prostitution but her destiny changes when she becomes the kept woman of Etienne balsan (Benoit Poelvoorde) a rich gentleman farmer.
Shot in Paris and Normandy>
> playing at the French Institute Alliance Francaise FIAF:
Tuesday, October 13th at 12.30 and 7.30pm
> Selection of French movies on Sundance Channel this week :
Diary of a Chambermaid / Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre
Late in his long career, the great Spanish filmmaker and surrealist Luis Bunuel made six features in France that remain among his finest work. The first was this updated adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's celebrated novel examining the foibles and hypocrisy of the landed gentry as seen through the eyes of a newly installed chambermaid (Jeanne Moreau).
Saturday, October 10th at 12am, Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm, Thursday, October 15th at 6.15am and 1.15pm
Patrice Chereau and Daniele Thompson adapt Alexandre Dumas's epic historical novel about Marguerite (Isabelle Adjani), who enters into an arranged marriage with Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil) at the behest of her mother Catherine of Medici (Virna Lisi), to end the religious wars between the Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots.
Friday, October 16th at 1.40am