Free French film fest through April at WCU

Free French films will show at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through April in Room 121 of the McKee Building on the campus of Western Carolina University. The department of modern foreign languages is sponsoring the series, which is now under way. Students and the public are welcome.

The lineup includes:

Feb. 6, “Être et avoir,” a moving documentary that explores education in rural France and one teacher’s passionate devotion to his tiny and diverse classroom.

Feb. 13, “Le Retour de Martin Guerre.” A suspenseful film set in 16th-century France, “Le Retour de Martin Guerre” is a complex exposé of deceit, greed and duplicity with a compelling performance by Gérard Depardieu.

Feb. 20, “Bande à Part.” An intertwining exposé of love, murder and robbery, “Bande à Part” is director Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive masterpiece of weirdness and cinematic genius.

Feb. 27, “Lumumba,” the true story of the ascent to power and vicious assassination of the first democratically elected president of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

March 12, “Kirikou et la Sorcière,” a delightful animated film that recounts Kirikou’s magical struggles to save his village from evil forces.

March 26, “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg,” a classic musical about two lovers separated by war and the wistfulness that ensues from roads not taken.

April 2, “Betty Fisher et Autres Histoires.” A mother distraught over the death of her son steals another person’s child in this turbulent narrative about crime and family.

April 9, “Les Visiteurs.” A magic potion prepared by a senile sorcerer displaces two medieval men into a strange era in this hilarious comedy.

April 16, “Les Glaneurs et les Glaneuses.” Commissioned by the city of Nice, this Agnès Varda “docu-poem” traces the myths of the Côte d’Azur.

April 23, “Le Dîner des Cons.” This farce about a group of French socialites who make sport of inviting bores to a weekly dinner also is a poignant commentary on social structure.

April 30, “Salut, Cousin!” Algerian Allio meets his cousin Mok, an expert liar and Renaissance rapper, in the racially volatile environment of Paris.

For more information about the French film fest, contact Jamie Davis of the department of modern foreign languages at (828) 227-3872 or jddavis@email.wcu.edu.