Tuesday, December 10, 2002

"8 Women" stars Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant and Danielle Darrieux, among others.

French film fest pays tribute
to Catherine Deneuve

Star-Bulletin staff

Union des Français dE l'Étranger and Restaurant Row 9 Art House Theaters present a French Film Festival, an homage to Catherine Deneuve, opening with the Honolulu premiere of "8 Women," the new film by France's enfant terrible François Ozon, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, preceded by a cocktail party at Meritage Restaurant from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the opening night event are $35, in a Christmas benefit for the UFE children's program. Call 922-5509 for tickets and information. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Here is a schedule and synopses of the films:

"8 Women" -- Industrialist Marcel is found stabbed to death in a manor house, and eight women -- among them Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Danielle Darrieux and Virginie Ledoyen -- all seemingly with a motive, are his potential murderers. Comic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets, punctuated by stars breaking into song. Opening night film.

"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964) -- Causing an international sensation when first released, the film is entirely sung and features a beautiful score by Michel Legrand. Directed by Jacques Demy. Screens at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 19, and 4 and 9:30 p.m. Monday.

"Belle de Jour" (1967) --One of Luis Buñuel's most accessible, yet bizarre films, it follows Severine, a beautiful young woman who, though in love with her doctor husband, cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. Eventually she becomes a prostitute, working in a brothel in the afternoons while remaining chaste in her marriage. Screens 4 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 19, and 1 and 7 p.m. Monday.

"The Young Girls of Rochefort" (1968) -- The only film in which Deneuve appeared with her sister, Françoise Dorléac. Delphine (Deneuve) is a dancing teacher, and Solange (Dorléac) composes and teaches the piano. They are looking for love, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close. With Gene Kelly and another winning score by Michel Legrand. Directed by Jacques Demy. Playing at 4 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

"Indochine" (1992) -- Set in 1930s Indochina on the brink of revolution, one of the largest rubber-tree plantations is owned by the French colonist Eliane (Deneuve), a proud but imprudent woman. Directed by Regis Wargnier. Plays 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 4 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

"Est-Ouest" (1999) -- In June 1946 Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland, but it's a trap. Directed by Regis Wargnier. Screens at 4 and 10 p.m. Sunday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

"Le Temps Retrouvé" (1999) -- On his deathbed, Marcel Proust surveys photographs bringing back memories of his youth, his lovers and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. Directed by Raul Ruiz. Screens at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, and 4 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

For more information, call 526-4171.

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