When you hear the word “French Cinema” there are always several different connotations that come to mind- risqué, aloof, weird. Those definitely might be true in some circles, but rarely has that been my experience when spending a weekend at the French Film Festival held in Carytown.
When you hear the word “French Cinema” there are always several different connotations that come to mind- risqué, aloof, weird. Those definitely might be true in some circles, but rarely has that been my experience when spending a weekend at the French Film Festival held in Carytown. If anything, I have found the films to be comedic, compelling and escapist. Those are some of the same attributes that I would give to independent films created here in the States. I find that going to the French Film Festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience some new and different stories and hear what their creators have to say about them.
With that in mind, how does one do the French Film Festival. There are really 2 options:
- Buy a pass for $120 and experience all the films
- Wait in line and pay for an individual film.
I love option 1. It’s great especially if you have friends to share the experience with you, but unless you plan for it weeks in ahead, it is often not possible. Option 2, is the easiest way to ease oneself into the French Festival experience. My recommendation, find a few festival events, get there early, and enjoy.
If you haven’t seen the schedule, hop on over to the French Festival website. Look through the descriptions and times and make it happen. If you are a rookie, let me give you some advice.
- Go to one of the sessions with the short films. We don’t have the opportunity to see short films in the US very often. They are witty and creative. You get to watch multiple stories for the price of one.
- Avoid the busy sessions. Normally, the Friday evening showings and the mid-afternoon showings on Saturday are packed.
- Don’t go alone. Always have someone to save seats. That being said, large groups are tough to accommodate. Stick to 2-3 people.
- Don’t try to do back-to-back shows. The seats are that uncomfortable. Getting tickets for 2 shows in a row is challenging.
- Parking sucks. Plan to park 5-6 blocks away.
- As for me, I will be going to as many shows that I can possibly attend. Enjoy!