Très Bien

From 1964’s The 400 Blows to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the French have consistently made standout films in nearly every genre. To celebrate the latest and greatest, the Denver Film Society is presenting J'adore! Focus on French Language Cinema, today through Sunday at Starz FilmCenter, in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus.

J'adore! will present twelve new films from France, as well as works from Quebec, Belgium and Switzerland, including a 2009 documentary titled Two in the Wave, which examines the influence of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. L'Affaire Farewell, the opening-night film, shows at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by a reception at Bistro Vendôme, 1420 Larimer Street. On Saturday night, Un Ange à la Mer will be followed by a reception at the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, 534 East Colfax Avenue. And Mademoiselle Chambon, the closing-night film, screens at 6 p.m. Sunday, with a reception beforehand at Brasserie Felix, 3901 Tennyson Street, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. General admission to each film and reception is $20, or $15 for DFS members. Film-only tickets are $12, $10 for members.

The festival is being presented through a partnership with Alliance Français and with help from the Los Angeles embassies representing France, Switzerland, Belgium and Quebec, says Brit Withey, artistic director for the Denver Film Society. "These are all first-run screenings for Denver,” Withey adds. “French-language cinema has been very, very popular, so it was a no-brainer to do it. We will definitely be doing this festival on an annual basis."

For information and tickets, visit or call 303-595-3456.
June 17-20, 2010