Director Antony Cordier in attendance. Gaspard’s family run a zoo, which he has been avoiding for years. When his father decides to get remarried, Gaspard must return for the wedding. Afraid to show up alone, he convinces a stranger, Lucy, to join him as his date. Young French actors Félix Moati (Sink or Swim) and Laetitia Dosch (My King) share the lead in this hilarious and witty family reunion story.
French Film Festival
22nd Annual French Film Festival: February 15 – 21, 2019
The 22nd New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest running foreign language festivals in the country, showcases excellence in contemporary and classic francophone Cinema for audiences of about 4,000 at the Prytania Theatre, the oldest single-screen movie house operating in Louisiana.
Live music and lectures will accompany a curated selection of French, French language films and a program of short films. On opening night, prior to the opening film, join a dedicated audience of Francophiles, cinephiles, sponsors, and patrons for at an invite-only Patron Party and is exclusively for French Film Festival Patron Pass holders and members of the New Orleans Film Society’s Producer’s Circle and Executive Producer’s Circle.
Passes are available now, go to the Passes and Tickets page on the left hand bar to get yours!
Individual tickets will go on sale on January 29th for the New Orleans Film Society members and #FFF2019 passholders, and on February 5th for the public.
All films will be screened with English subtitles.
Let your friends know you’re joining the festival on our Facebook event page.
All screenings, music, and lectures will take place at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans.
Free parking on street around the theater.
Public transit three blocks from the streetcar stop on St. Charles and Jefferson (green line), six blocks from the bus stop on Magazine and Jefferson (line 11).
If you are interested in volunteering during the French Film Festival, please let us know by signing up here.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Lead Media Sponsor
In partnership with
Special thanks to Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, and Tuleu Consulting.
New Orleans Film Society’s Scene Stealer, Producer’s Circle, and Executive Producer’s Circle members get two complimentary French Film Festival patron passes. Moviegoer and Take Two members get $15 off of passes.
STUDENT PASS | $35
- Admission to all festival screenings (excludes Opening Film, Closing Film & the Special Presentation)
- Early access to online reservations on January 29th at noon (a week before tickets go on sale for the public)
- An advance copy of the festival brochure mailed to your address
Email a copy of your valid Student ID to firstname.lastname@example.org receive a link to book your pass online.
Opening & Closing Films – $12 for members | $15 for non-members
All Other Screenings – $10 for members | $13 for non-members
Passes and tickets are now available. Become a New Orleans Film Society member for discounted tickets at the French Film Festival, and more.
WORLD PREMIERE: Grammy-winning Louisiana band Lost Bayou Ramblers push the boundaries of Cajun music and breathe new life into the Louisiana French language through their genre-bending music. Followed by a live music set from Lost Bayou Ramblers to celebrate the film's World Premiere.
At once an intimate chronicle of a romance and a sprawling portrait of gay life in early 1990s France, Sorry Angel follows the intertwining journeys of Jacques, a worldly, HIV-positive Parisian writer confronting his own mortality, and Arthur, a curious, carefree university student just beginning to live.
Closing Film: Non-fiction, the latest film by award-winning French director Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper), starring Academy-Award winning actress Juliette Binoche (Chocolat, The English Patient) and Guillaume Canet (Love Me If You Dare) will close the festival on February 21st.
New this year, the French Film Festival partners with Krewe du Kanaval to curate a selection of musicians with connections to Haiti. Local and visiting musicians will perform live before film screenings. Krewe du Kanaval was founded by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne and members of Preservation Hall in 2015 to celebrate and strengthen the bond between Haiti and New Orleans.
Damas “Fanfan” Louis (Drums)
Friday, February 15th, 7:00PM-7:30PM
Prior to the Opening Night Film: Gaspard at the Wedding
Sabine McCalla (Cello and vocals)
Saturday, February 16th, 1:30PM-2:00PM
Prior to the screening of Out of Chaos
Bruce Sunpie Barnes (Guitar and vocals)
Sunday, February 17th, 1:45PM-2:15PM
Prior to the screening of The Nun
Paul Beaubrun (Multi instruments and vocals)
Thursday, February 21st, 7:15PM-7:45PM
Prior to the Closing Night Film: Non-fiction
In addition to the Krewe du Kanaval curation above, festival-goers will enjoy two more special music performances:
Camille Lenain GAC (Spinning French vinyl)
Friday, February 15th, 5:30PM-7:00PM
French Film Festival Patron Party
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Sunday, February 17th, 8:45PM
The Grammy-winning Louisiana band will perform a special live music set in celebration of the World Premiere of On Va Continuer!, after the film screening.