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2008 Schedule

Byrd Theatre

Friday, March 28

3 p.m. Jacquou le Croquant
Discussion with French actor Léo Legrand
6:45 p.m. La Vérité ou presque
Followed by the Master Class “From best-seller to box office: adapting a novel for the screen” and discussion with French director Sam Karmann, American novelist Stephen McCauley, author of True Enough, and French actress and lyricist Catherine Olson
10:10 p.m. Deweneti a short by Dyana Gaye
Ulzhan by Volker Schlöndorff and starring Philippe Torreton

Saturday, March 29

8 a.m. First Short Film Series
Manon sur le bitume
Heureux qui comme Edouard
Pour quelques minutes de plus

Premier voyage
Les Hommes s’en souviendront
Juste une heure
Discussion with French directors Gilles Cuvelier, Gabriel Jacquel, Valérie Müller, Elizabeth Marre, Olivier Pont, Vincent Burgevin, Franck Lebon, Matthieu-David Cournot and Virginie Peignien and French animator Mikaël Fenneteaux
10:15 a.m. Michou d’Auber
Discussion with French director Thomas Gilou
1:10 p.m. Dialogue avec mon jardinier
Discussion with French director Jean Becker
3:45 p.m. Presentation of the 2008 French Delegation, introduced by His Excellency Pierre Vimont, the French Ambassador to the United States, and presided by French director Jean Becker and French actor Thierry Lhermitte

Discussion with French actor Thierry Lhermitte
7 p.m. Official Reception at the Renaissance Conference Center
8 p.m. Gala Dinner at VCU’s historic Scott House
10 p.m. J’aurais voulu être un danseur by Alain Berliner

Sunday, March 30

8 a.m. La Fémis Short Film Series
Les Quarante Voleurs
All About Yvonne
Le Grand Bal
Parcours d’obstacles
L’Heure bleue
L’Arbre d’Hugo
Discussion with directors and La Fémis graduates Karine Arlot, Yoann de Montgrand, Sébastien Hestin, Thomas Favel, Macha Kassian and Noémie Gillot led by Pierre-William Glenn, French director and president of Commission Supérieure Technique de l’Image et du Son
10:05 a.m. On dirait que…
Discussion with French documentary director Françoise Marie and French producer Annie Miller
12:20 p.m. Jean de La Fontaine, le défi
Discussion with French director Daniel Vigne
2:50 p.m. Un secret by Claude Miller
Discussion with screenwriter Natalie Carter
5:20 p.m. Closing ceremony with French Delegation
Ensemble, c’est tout

The Byrd Theatre is located at 2908 W. Cary St. in Richmond. A parking deck is located directly behind the theatre. All films have English subtitles.

Official reception
The Official Reception for all Festival pass holders (Student VIP, Faculty VIP, Regular VIP and VIP Pass Plus) will be held on the evening of Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m., at the Renaissance Conference Center, located at 107 W. Broad St. Free valet parking will be provided.

Gala dinner
The Gala Dinner for VIP Plus pass holders will take place on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. at VCU’s historic Scott House, located at 909 W. Franklin St. Special parking on both sides of West Franklin, from Laurel to Harrison (two blocks), has been arranged for Gala Dinner guests (VIP Plus pass holders), exclusively.






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