French Film Festival at the MFA

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This month the MFA presents the 18th Annual Boston French Film Festival! We’ve sampled the selections in previous years, and have always found something to inspire. This year we are particularly intrigued by Haute Cuisine, a film profiling the personal chef to President François  Mitterand, and You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils), in which the proprietor of a prestigious vineyard wishes to leave his property to the son of his estate manager rather than his own unambitious child. We also are hoping to see the wonderful Juliette Binoche in Camille Claudel 1915, starring as the tragic sculptor whose tortured relationship with the married sculptor Rodin led her to the psychiatric hospital. Claudel’s powerful sculptures are some of my favorites, and ever since seeing them long ago on a trip to Paris her story has remained in my mind. Are you planning to see a French film or two during the festival?

18th Annual Boston French Film Festival. July 11-28. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Admission per film: members, students, seniors $9; nonmembers $11. Full festival pass (22 films) $185/$200; half-pass (11 films) $85/$100.

Image from Haute Cuisine.

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