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).
ADA accessibility

If you are interested in volunteering during the French Film Festival, please let us know by signing up here.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Interested in shining your brand in the 2019 French Film Festival? Please check our 2018 impact report here and feel free to contact Jennifer Samani for sponsorship inquiries.

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Special thanks to Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, and Tuleu Consulting.

  • $75 for members | $90 for non-members
  • Free admission to all festival screenings
  • Early access to online reservations
  • Priority entrance to all screenings
  • Advance copy of the #FFF2019 brochure in your mailbox
  • $110 for members | $125 for non-members
  • All benefits of the regular pass
  • Invitation to the Patron Party at a New Orleans residence prior to the Opening Film on February 15th

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.


  • 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 info@neworleansfilmsociety.org receive a link to book your pass online. 


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Ticket Prices:
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.

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Claire’s Camera (La Caméra de Claire)

February 16, 12:00pm + February 18, 12:00pm, The Prytania Theatre

Claire, a music teacher in possession of a camera that might be magical, who, upon her first visit to Cannes, meets a recently fired film sales assistant.

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A Faithful Man (L’Homme fidèle)

February 16, 4:00pm, The Prytania Theatre

Nine years after she left him for his best friend, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) gets back together with his recently widowed old flame Marianne (Laetitia Casta).

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My Son (Mon garçon)

February 16, 5:45pm, The Prytania Theatre

During a stopover in France, Julien gets a message from his very distraught ex-wife: Mathys, their seven-year-old, has disappeared during a camping trip with his class.

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Wild (Sauvage)

February 16, 7:45pm, The Prytania Theatre

Leo, a French hustler, longs for meaningful connection, maybe even love.

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Yellow is Forbidden

February 17, 12:00pm + February 20, 12:00pm, The Prytania Theatre

Recognition from Paris’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture is considered the apex of the fashion industry, and Chinese designer Guo Pei is determined to reach it.

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The Nun (La Religieuse)

February 17, 2:15pm + February 19, 12:00pm, The Prytania Theatre

Adapted from the 18th-century novel by Denis Diderot, the film stars Anna Karina as Suzanne Simonin, a young woman removed from her family home to become a nun against her will, becoming an allegorical figure of freedom of speech and revolt.

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February 17, 5:00pm, The Prytania Theatre DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

When suicide haunts a high school in a small town in French-speaking Canada in the late 1990s, everyone is forever transformed.

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On Va Continuer!

February 17, 7:45pm & February 19, 6:00pm, The Prytania Theatre DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

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.

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Short Films

February 18, 5:45pm, The Prytania Theatre

Fauve - 16 min | Upset Body (Corps Contrarié) - 21 min | The Ties that Bind (Ce qui nous tient) - 30 min

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The Competition (Le Concours)

February 18, 7:15pm, The Prytania Theatre DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

In this Venice Film Festival and True/False winner, director Claire Simon goes behind closed doors during the months-long admissions process at France’s most selective film school, La Fémis, where thousands of hopefuls apply for only 40 available slots.

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Custody (Jusqu’à la garde)

February 19, 8:00pm + February 21, 12:00pm, The Prytania Theatre

Miriam and Antoine have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son, Julien, to protect him from a father she claims is violent. As the conflict between the couple escalates, Julien becomes a hostage in the heartbreaking battle.

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Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite)

February 20, 7:45pm, The Prytania Theatre

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.

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The Image Book (Le Livre d’images)

February 21, 5:30pm, The Prytania Theatre

The legendary Jean-Luc Godard adds to his iconoclastic legacy with this provocative collage film essay, which was the winner of the first Special Palme d'Or to be awarded in the history of the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

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Closing Film: Non-fiction (Doubles vies)

February 21, 7:45 pm, the Prytania Theatre

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.

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Closing Film: Transit

February 21, 7:45 pm, the Prytania Theatre

In Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa, Georg, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski, Happy End), flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer, Frantz).

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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.

Bruce Sunpie Barnes (Guitar and vocals)
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

Damas “Fanfan” Louis (Drums)
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.