This year’s French Film Festival begins with L’homme sur les quais / The Man by the Shore. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, who later went on to become the nation’s Minister of Culture, directed this drama that examines the violence and instability of his country’s darkest days, the 60s. The story follows an 8-year old girl, whose parents had to flee from the dictator Duvalier and the Tontons Macoutes. Left in the care of her grandmother, she creates a fantasy world of her own to escape the violence and tyranny that surrounds her. [In French with English subtitles.]
The French Film Festival 2019 continues on
❖ Feb. 11 with L’homme sur les quais (The Man by the Shore) (1993) by Raoul Peck. In French and Kreyol with English subtitles. 106 mins.
❖ Feb. 18 , at 7 p.m.: with short film Maman(s)/Mothers(s) (2015) by Maïmouna Doucouré. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 21 mins. Feb. 18 , at 7 p.m. (following Maman(s)): Tomboy (2011) by Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Girlhood) In French with English subtitles. 82 mins.
❖ Feb. 25 with Polina, dansersa vie (Polina) (2015) by Angelin Preljocaj and Valérie Müller. In Russian and French with English subtitles. 108 mins.