July 12th - July 14th

Sacramento's first French Film Festival  
will be held on July 12th through July 14th 2002
to celebrate Bastille Day

In July 2002, Sacramento will host its first French Film Festival representing French cinema in all its variety. It will feature five new French films, some yet to be released on the West Coast, and one restored French classic. The three day festival will be held at the TOWER THEATRE on July 12th through July 14th.

The SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL will open with a fabulous Wine Reception (catering by Enotria, wine by Barton-Guestier) at THE TOWER CLUB on Friday July 12th at 5:00pm followed by the opening night film READ MY LIPS, at 7:15pm.

Come experience the first SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL!


Friday July 12th
  Opening Night Reception, at The Tower Club

  Opening Night Film, Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres, 115 min), a film noir and love
story, by Jacques Audiard. Preceded by SCHERZO, a short film by Sacramento filmmaker Mark Herzig
Saturday July 13th
1:00pm     Girls Can't Swim, (Les Filles ne Savent pas Nager, 101 min) an exhilarating coming of age movie, by Anne-Sophie Birot
3:40pm   Happenstance, (Le Battement d'Ailes du Papillon, 97 min) a charming comedy about fate, by Laurent Firode with Audrey Tautou, star of the Academy Award nominated film Amélie
6:30pm   The Town is Quiet, (La Ville est Tranquille, 127 min) a touching social drama, by Robert Guediguian
9:40pm      Band of Outsiders,  (Bande à Part, 95 min) a 1964 classic from "la Nouvelle Vague", a comic gangster movie by Jean-Luc Godard
12:00 am   Special Midnight Screening: Trouble Every Day, (102 min) Claire Denis' latest provocative film, the sensation of the 2001 Cannes film festival (WARNING ! this film contains violent sex scenes and frequent nudity).
Sunday July 14th
1:00pm   The Town is Quiet (127 min)
3:40pm     Band of Outsiders (95 min)
6:15pm   Happenstance (97 min)
8:30pm   Girls can't Swim (101 min)

Open discussions will follow some screenings.

More information about each film :

 - READ MY LIPS, by Jacques Audiard, with Emmanuelle Devos and Vincent Cassel (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Birthday Girl, Elizabeth).

Winner of three 2002 Césars (French Academy Awards) : Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Sound.

Official Selection : Toronto International Festival 2001, Berlin International Festival 2002, Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, New York 2002, San Francisco International Festival 2002.

Not Rated (violence)


- GIRLS CAN'T SWIM, by Anne-Sophie Birot, with Isild Le Besco, Karen Alyx.

Official Selection : Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, New York 2001.

Not Rated (sex, nudity)


- HAPPENSTANCE, by Laurent Firode, with Audrey Tautou (Amélie) and Faudel.

Restricted (sexual situations)


- THE TOWN IS QUIET, by Robert Guediguian, with Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meyland, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Official Selection : Venice International Film Festival 2000, Toronto International Film Festival 2000, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2000, Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, New York 2001.

Not Rated (sex, drug use)


- BAND OF OUTSIDERS, by Jean-Luc Godard, with Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur.

Not Rated.


- TROUBLE EVERY DAY, by Claire Denis,  with Vincent Gallo (Buffalo 66, The Funeral, Arizona Dream) Béatrice Dalle (Betty Blue) and Tricia Vessey (Ghost Dog).

Official Selection : Cannes International Film festival 2001.

Not Rated (WARNING ! Gory Sex Scenes, Frequent Nudity)



-Single Ticket (At Box Office Only) : $8 - Alliance Française's member $7

-Full Pass (access to all the films and to the Opening Night Cocktail    Party) : $50

-Film Pass (access to all the films without the Opening Night Cocktail Party) : $25

-Opening Night Pass (Cocktail Party and screening of "Read my Lips") : $25


Sales at the door will be cash only. No checks, no charge.


To purchase passes for the festival, you can use the form below.  Passes will be also available at the box office.

Single tickets will be sold only at the theater for $8 general price / $7 for Alliance Française's members. Don't forget to bring your Alliance Française's card member to benefit from this special discount.


The SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is supported by local film director Mark Herzig, Signature Press, Ernst and Young Accounting Firm, Enotria Cafe & Wine Bar, Barton-Guestier Wine, Rialto Pictures, The Cultural Service of the French Embassy, Bank of the West, Warren J. Bender co. Insurance and Bonds, Corti Bros, Perrier, Le Grand Confectionary, the Honorary French Consulate of Sacramento, the Alliance Française, as well as several individual sponsors, including generous members of the Alliance Française.


The TOWER THEATRE is located on 2508 Land Park Drive at the corner of Broadway. Free parking is available adjacent to the theatre.

The TOWER CLUB is located on 1517 Broadway, across the street from the Tower Theatre.

If you need any more information, please call the Alliance Française, 453 1723.