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French Film Festival

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While NOMA is adorned with master paintings depicting French women of the Belle Epoque, the New Orleans Film Society and Consulate General of France have assembled a more modern glimpse into French society. The French Film Festival includes several remarkable works including Army of Shadows (1:30 p.m. Sun., March 25), which won critical acclaim across the United States and was called the best film of the year by The New York Times' film critic. It's the story of brothers in the French resistance to Nazi occupation and was a precursor to director Jean-Pierre Melville's noirish gangster films (pictured). Director Bertrand Tavanier will attend the screening of his film L.627 (3:30 p.m. Sat., March 24). The Exterminating Angels (1:30 p.m. Sat., March 24) adds a racy touch to the offerings and no one under 18 will be admitted to the film about exploring pleasure. Academy award nominee Days of Glory opens the festival (7:30 p.m. Fri., March 23). All films are in French with English subtitles. Tickets $8 general admission for each film, $6 film society members. -- Will Coviello

Fri.-Sun., March 23-25

Prytania Theater, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787

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