Still from film Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) by Jean Cocteau.
Courtesy of Blu-ray (The Criterion Collection)
It’s one thing to gather the latest movies from a country and call it a festival, but that’s never been enough for UW-Milwaukee’s Festival of Films in French. Programmed by UWM professors, it reaches far and wide, presenting films from several countries, cultures and eras. This year, there’s a focus on our frigid northeast neighbor, Quebec, with four films documenting its shifting cultures. There is also an animated feature by Michel Ocelot and two films about the Jewish experience in World War II-era France. We’re eager to see Donoma, a guerrilla feature by Haitian filmmaker Djinn Carrénard. And El Dorado, Marcel L’Herbier’s 1921 silent romance set in Spain and shown with live musical accompaniment. A robust menu for the bel esprit.
➞ UW-Milwaukee Festival of Films in French (Feb. 8-17). UWM Union Theatre. 2200 E. Kenwood Ave., 414-229-4070, uwm.edu/cie/frenchfilm.