2014 CineCola

2014 Columbia Community French & Francophone Film Festival

GABRIELLE by Canadian Director, Louise Archambault
2013 / 104 minutes
Columbia Museum of Art, Reception to follow

GABRIELLE$10 for general public. Free for students with school ID. Free for CMA Members.
Discussion leader and special guest: Alexandre Landry, lead actor in the film

Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. After she meets her boyfriend Martin at the recreation center where they are choir members, they become inseparable. However, because they are "different," their loved ones are fearful of their relationship. As the choir prepares for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence. As determined as she is, Gabrielle must still confront other people's prejudices as well as her own limitations in the hope of experiencing a love far from the "ordinary."

Special thanks for our opening festivities go to: the Columbia Museum of Art, the Alliance Française of Columbia, the French Program, Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of South Carolina, and the Gender and Women's Studies Program at Columbia College.

LA JALOUSIE (Jealousy) by French director Philippe Garrel
2013 / 77 min.
Cottingham Theatre, Columbia College

JEALOUSYFree & open to the public.
Discussion leader: Professor Christine Hait

As a man leaves his wife and daughter, a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tell the story of the relationships that founder and thrive in the wake of this difficult decision.

Sponsored by the Columbia College Division of Languages & Literatures


GRIGRIS by Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun 
2013 / 101 min.
250 Gambrell Hall, USC

GRIGRISFree & open to the public.
Discussion leader: Professor Jeanne Garane

Despite a paralyzed leg, Grigris, 25 year old, dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his uncle falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers.

Sponsored by the French Program, Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of South Carolina.

ERNEST & CELESTINE by Belgian directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, and French director Benjamin Renner
2012 / 80 min.
Columbia Museum of Art

ERNEST & CELESTINEFree & open to the public.
Discussion leader: Professor Daniela Di Cecco

There is a world where the bears live above ground in their cities and the rodents live below in in their underground ones in mutual fear and hate. However, Celestine, an apprentice mouse dentist, finds at least momentary common cause with Ernest, a poor street bear musician, that gets them rejected from both their respective worlds. In spite of this misfortune, the exiles find a growing friendship between themselves as their respective talents flower. Despite this, their quietly profound challenge to the founding prejudices of their worlds cannot be ignored as the authorities track them down. When that happens, Ernest and Celestine must stand up for their love in the face of such bigotry and achieve the impossible.

Co-sponsored by International Programs and the French Program, Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of South Carolina