‘Something for everyone’ at film festival

The very best French language films will once again be in the spotlight as the Focus on French Cinema event returns with an in-person opening night screening at the Avon Theater Film Center in Stamford along with a full slate of nine virtual film premieres.

The 17th annual local film festival will kick off April 28 and run until May 2. Last year’s successful virtual festival welcomed 11,000 participants from all over the tristate area.

The Alliance Française of Greenwich is putting together Focus on French Cinema 2022, and its hybrid slate will feature an opening night screening of “Drunken Birds” (“Les Oiseaux Ivres”) by Serbian-Canadian director Ivan Grbovic on April 28 at the Avon, Followed by a question-and-answer session with Joe Meyers, the festival’s director of programming.

“We’re really looking forward to our opening night at the Avon,” said Renée Amory Ketcham, president of Alliance Française of Greenwich. “We’ve done many things with the Avon over the years, and we love having the ability to bring people back to the theater. We want people to come. We worked very hard on this and saw over 100 films this year. And we’re really excited about presenting the diversity of French cinema.”

According to IMDB.com, “Drunken Birds” is a Canadian film telling the story of a man’s quest to find his long-lost love leads him to leave Mexico and travel to Montreal, where he becomes a seasonal worker.

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