First Wednesday French Film Series

Join former Duke French professor, Martha van der Drift, for our monthly French Film Series on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Kilton Library. Films in French with English subtitles. All evenings will begin with brief introduction are followed by a discussion.

A French conversation group precedes the films at 5:15, but you do not need to attend the group to enjoy the film!


April3, 2019 "Samba" – Dramatic, Romantic Comedy.  Short introduction and discussion to follow led by Martha van der Drift  Film critic, Roger Ebert, sums up the charm and complexity of this movie in a few phrases: “Samba is a bizarre, uneven, and strangely charming movie about the bureaucratic nightmare that is illegal immigration in France (and elsewhere, of course, but this is a French story). It's an explosive topic, with multiple layers of complexity and ugliness (xenophobia, racism), all of which is acknowledged but in a muted way, highlighting the absurdity of the immigrant experience as opposed to the cruelty of it. Samba is two stories shoehorned into one: a very serious topic handled in a slapstick way."

May 1, 2019 “Ma Vie de Courgette”

June 5, 2019 “Comme Un Avion”

September 4, 2019 “Les Femmes du sixième étage”

October 2, 2019 “Couleur de peau miel”

November 6th, 2019 “Dans La Maison” ou “Patients”

December 4th, 2019 “Au Revoir Les Enfants”

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:30pm
Kilton Community Room