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New Orleans French Film Festival 

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French folk heroes and fairy tales fill the New Orleans French Film Festival. The lineup includes both of director Jean-Francois Richet's films about the iconic criminal Jacques Mesrine, played by Vincent Cassel. The actual Mesrine returned to Paris in the 1960s after fighting for France in Algeria and became a career criminal, pulling off heists, kidnappings, escapes and continually defying civil law. His audacity made him a celebrity, and Richet's films, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 and Mesrine: Killer Instinct, drew best picture, actor and director nominations for France's equivalent of the Oscars. The festival also includes Jean Cocteau's classic Beauty and the Beast, which inspired Disney's animated version, and the recent films Mademoiselle Chambon, Let It Rain and Father of My Children. All films are in French with English subtitles. Presented by the New Orleans Film Society and the Consul General of France. Visit for schedule and details. Tickets $8.50 general admission, $6.50 film society members. — Will Coviello

New Orleans French Film Festival

Aug. 6-10

Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787;


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