New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) has announced the 2019 lineup of films and music performances for the New Orleans French Film Festival. The festival will present 17 feature-long films, 3 short films and free live music prior to film screenings. The event will take place from February 15-22 at the Prytania Theatre.
This year’s festival reaches far and wide to bring French-language films from twelve different countries including Belgium, Canada, France, Haiti, and South Korea! The event will showcase a diverse group of screenings from classic film titles to new work from long-established filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard. Some first-time filmmakers will showcase their work, like Samara Grace Chadwick. Longtime festival favorite, Olivier Assayas, will showcase his latest work and a program of nouveau shorts will be featured along with many more. All films will be screened with English subtitles.
For its 22nd edition, the festival has partnered up with Krewe du Kanaval for a curation of Haitian and Zydeco music performances by drummer Damas “Fanfan” Louis, cellist Sabine McCalla, zydeco musician Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Beaubrun.
Artistic director of the New Orleans Film Society, Clint Bowie, is thrilled to bring more Haitian voices into the French Film Festival. “Krewe du Kanaval is uniquely situated to help us showcase more global and local francophone perspectives, and we look forward to sharing this with audiences during the 22nd annual French Film Festival through curated musical performances and a special screening,” Bowie said.
Grammy-winning Louisiana band, Lost Bayou Ramblers, will perform a special live music set on Sunday, February 17 to celebrate the world premiere of On Va Continuer! In addition, attendees have the opportunity to stay after five screenings to meet directors for a question and answer session.