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UNA French Film Festival Set for March 4-20

Feb. 20, 2024

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama French Film Festival is set to begin March 4 and run through March 20, with each screening to begin at 6 p.m. in the Wesleyan Hall Auditorium. The festival, which is in its seventh year, includes six screenings, with all films subtitled in English.

“I am delighted to see this event bring together the UNA family and the local community to enjoy films in French,” said Dr. Stephanie Coker, Associate Professor of French and among the festival organizers. “Selections this year include classic films, dramas, a comedy, and a mystery/thriller. We hope to have something for everyone.”

The festival kicks off March 4 with the 2022 release of The Innocent. This screening will also include a French-themed reception that will begin at 5 p.m. The festival will conclude March 20 with a screening of 1961’s Last Year in Marienbad. The Jeff Eubanks Culinary Arts Department will prepare a special dessert for moviegoers to take home at the conclusion of the festival. In addition to Dr. Coker and the UNA Department of Foreign Languages, the event is hosted by the School of the Arts, the Department of Cinematic Arts and Theatre, the Department of Communication, the Department of English, the Department of Psychology and Sociology, the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion, the Cole Honors College, and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.

“We appreciate the support from many different departments and offices across campus,” said Dr. Coker. “One highlight of this festival is hearing from UNA faculty in various disciplines who lead the discussion with students and community members after each film.”

Each film will begin at 6 p.m., and the full schedule includes:

  • Monday, March 4: The Innocent (2022)
  • Wednesday, March 6: Saint Omer (2021)
  • Monday, March 11: Casablanca Beats (2021)
  • Wednesday, March 13: Paris Memories (2022)
  • Monday, March 18: Chocolate (1988)
  • Wednesday, March 20: Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Admission is free for UNA students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the community. The festival is the result of a grant from the Albertine Cinémathèque program of the FACE Foundation and Villa Albertine partnership with the French Embassy in the United States.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/