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Fort Kent festival to screen films in French

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

FORT KENT, Maine — Those who are seeking a dose of culture and entertainment next weekend can get both by heading to the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

The campus will hold its fourth annual Fort Kent French Film Festival, starting Thursday, March 26, and wrapping up Sunday, March 29.

The festival features a series of five different contemporary French language films. The films are being shown in French with English subtitles.

Katharine Harrington, assistant professor of French at UMFK and the festival’s director, said in a recent interview that she was excited to be involved with the event again.

“I have a personal interest in French film and when you live in a rural area, it is not always easy to see such films,” she said. “This is a great way to satisfy that craving and have the chance to do so with others.”

This year’s film festival features five films from France.

Harrington said the festival “represents a good mix of films that will appeal to a wide audience.”

The film “La Mome” (“La Vie en Rose”) will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday and at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. It is based on the life of Edith Piaf, the legendary French singer who went from the streets of Paris to the limelight of New York’s concert halls.

“Le Scaphandre et le Papillon” (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) is the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of Elle, who suffered a stroke at age 43. The film is being shown at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Persepolis,” being shown at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, is an animated film about a 9-year-old girl growing up during the Islamic revolution in Iran.

The film “Moliere,” to be shown at 8:30 p.m. Friday and at 6 p.m. Sunday, is about the early years of 17th century French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Moliere.

The final film, “La Faute a Fidel!” (“Blame It on Fidel!”), will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday. It tells the story of Anna, a 9-year-old in Spain and her family.

Harrington said the festival usually draws a good crowd.

“There is definitely a following,” she said.

While Harrington has received a grant to fund the festival for the past four years, she is hoping to receive enough money through admission fees to sustain the festival in the future.

Admission for each movie is $3.50, and UMFK students attend free.

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