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Marion Cotillard

Chicago’s 2015 French Film Festival

Explore the best of French film at the CFFF

If you were lucky, you had a chance to catch this year’s Chicago French Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre from July 31st through August 6th.

Founded in 2011 by the Music Box, the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the Institut Francais in Paris, the festival has offered the city’s Francophiles a way to soak in some Gallic culture while escaping the end-of-summer heat.

This year’s program featured over a dozen contemporary and classic French-language films. What better way to spend the day before (or after) a delicious French meal? Better yet, sneak in a few pastries to snack on while you watch.

France and Chicago: a love cinema

The 2015 festival included three films by Blue is the Warmest Color director Abdellatif Kechiche: Black Venus, Games of Love and Chance and Blame it On Voltaire.

The opening-night feature, SK1 (which tells the story of the hunt and trial of “Beast of the Bastille” serial killer in the 1990s) won the ColCoa 2015 Award for Best First Feature. And of course, there’s even a family-friendly animated film, the award-winning The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi et l’oiseau).

Even if you missed this year’s CFFF, don’t worry; their program is available online, so you can search out these films and watch them yourself. And you have a plenty of time to join the Alliance Francaise de Chicago to receive a discount on next year’s admission. See you at the Opening Reception of the 2016 festival… only a few months before the grand opening of Chicago’s Maison Parisienne!

Copyright : Marion Cotillard for “Dior Magazine” photographed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino