Chinese Food & a (French) Movie On Erev Christmas

It happened in St. TropezAre Chinese diner and a movie part of your Christmas traditions? If the answer is yes (or oui) and you want to add a little something French to your Erev Christmas, look no further than the Washington DC Jewish Community Center on 16th street. They will be screening It Happened in Saint-Tropez, a French comedy of manners featuring the stunning (and now age appropriate Bond girl) Monica Bellucci. The screening will be preceded by some traditional Chinese food starting at 6:30PM.

Speaking of “traditional Jewish Christmas food,” the night before (12/23) you can also swing by DGS Delicatessen, which will be hosting its second  “Jewish Christmas” Chinese  banquet, with guest chefs Erik Bruner Yang of Toki Underground and Tim Ma of Water & Wall. The menu (hello Kung Pao pastrami!) looks SO fun!

French Movies at the 2014 AFI-EU Film Showcase

2014 AFI-EU Film Showcase The 2014 AFI-EU Film Showcase opens today at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Presented by the American Film Institute (AFI) in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and EU Member States, the festival showcases the best in current European filmmaking and this year’s selection includes more than 50 films shown throughout the month of December (the 27th edition of the festival runs from December 3-21, 2014.)

French and French-language films are well represented, as always:

  • The Dardenne brothers’ “Two days, one night” (showing Fri, Dec 12, 7:30 and Sun, Dec 14, 3:40), Belgium’s official selection for the Oscars
  • Girlhood (Thu, Dec 4, 9:45pm and Sat, Dec 6, 10pm)
  • Marie’s Story (Sun, Dec 7, 5:30pm and Mon, Dec 8, 9:15pm)
  • If you don’t I will (Sun, Dec 14, 1:30pm and Tue, Dec 16, 7:30pm)
  • Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery which is premiering on the festival’s closing night and is a clever nod on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (Dec 20, 8pm.) The screening will be following by a reception sponsored by the European Union Delegation to the United States.
  • Jackie in the Kingdom of Women (Sat, Dec 20, 10:10pm and Sun, Dec 21, 7:45pm)
Gemma Bovery, with Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton

Gemma Bovery, with Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton

On Saturdays December 6, 13 and 20, from 5-7pm, the theater is also offering wine samples from the countries showcased that particular day. That means French wine on the 20th! On the 14th, don’t miss a special free screening of 3 short films on December 14 at 5:45pm. The films include Castello Cavalcanti by Wes Anderson and a French language movie called Les Lézards.

Click here for more information on the 2014 AFI-EU Film Showcase and to view a full schedule.

My french Film Festival Point Com

 

MyFrenchFilmFestival.com was quite a success last year with 750,000 film viewings in different 189 countries so it’s not a surprise that the leading worldwide French film festival on the Internet is back on our computers. The 4th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival.com takes place between 17th January and 17th February and feature 10 features and 10 shorts in 13 different languages.  That’s all great, but my favourite part of the whole festival? The poster! I find it quite brilliant of course 😉french film festival, french films, french movies, french, french culture, how to watch french films online, movie festivals

 

You can download the film on iTunes for a fee but if you’re in DC, you can also screen them for free at Malmaison and Napoleon Bistro and Lounge. Starting on February 3rd, Napoleon will screen Augustine and Le jour des Corneilles (2/3 at 7PM), Au galop and Comme un Lion (2/4 at 7PM) and J’enrage de son Absence and Mobile Home (2/5 at 7PM). After that the festival continues at Malmaison with La Vierge, les Coptes et Moi and Mariage à Mendoza (2/6 at 7PM) and all of the short films on the 8th.

I haven’t seen or heard much about any of the films (Augustine does screen on Netflix right now though) so I can’t really tell you much about them. Let me know if you see any of them and they are any good though!!