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Vive La France with this weekend's Chicago French Film Festival

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The fourth annual Chicago French Film Festival kicked off last night with an opening reception and screening of Guillaume Gallienne’s comedy Les Garcons et Guillaume, a table (Me, Myself and Mum) at Music Box Theatre.

Presented by the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago, the festival features Martin Provost’s Violette which follows writer Violette Leduc (Emmanuelle Devos) affection for Simone de Beauvoir (Sandrine Kiberlain); and Jappeloup, Christian Duguay’s film about a horse headed for the Olympics

Jérôme Enrico’s black comedy Paulette starring the late Bernadette Lafont is a festival highlight. Additional comedies include Je fais le mort (Playing Dead) directed and co-written by Jean-Paul Salomé and La Tendresse (Tenderness) written and directed by Marion Hänsel.

Also on the lineup are the dramas La Jalouisie (Jealousy) directed by Philippe Garrel and Eastern Boys directed by Robin Campillo as well as Belle et Sébastien (Belle and Sebastien) which is not about the indie pop band, rather it’s an adventure following a boy and his dog during World War II.

The documentary La cour de Babel (School of Babel) is also on the festival schedule, which includes the following showtimes:

Friday, August 1

5:10 pm 
Jappeloup
7:45 pm
 Paulette
9:45 pm Eastern Boys

Saturday, August 2

2:00 pm
 Belle et Sébastien
4:30 pm Les Garcons et Guillaume, a table
6:30 pm
 Violette
9:20 pm Je fais le mort

Sunday, August 3

1:45 pm
 Jappeloup
4:30 pm La cour de Babel
6:30 pm
 La Tendresse
8:30 pm Eastern Boys

Monday, August 4

5:15 pm
 Belle et Sébastien
7:30 pm La Tendresse
9:30 pm
 Paulette

Tuesday, August 5
5:30 pm La cour de Babel
7:30 pm
 La Jalouisie
9:20 pm Les Garcons et Guillaume, a table

All screenings take place at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on 3733 N. Southport Avenue. Individual tickets are $12; $10 for members of Alliance Francaise de Chicago. A 5-film pass is also available for $45.

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