are pleased to present


For 36 years, the Washington, DC International Film Festival has brought the best of world cinema, featuring many new and exciting films from around the globe. Come discover or re-discover the French hits shown at the festival through this delightful series curated by the Filmfest DC staff. All screenings will take place at La Maison Française.


Mozart's sister
(Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart)

February 14, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Directed by René Féret, 2010, 115 minutes

The story begins in 1763, as Nannerl, her parents, and her 10-year-old brother, Wolfgang, tour Western Europe, dazzling the nobility with the kids' musical gifts. An elaborate (and fictionalized) series of events brings Nannerl into contact with the heir to the French throne, who encourages the teenager's desire to compose. But Prince Louis is a mercurial patron, and Nannerl ultimately decides that she prefers her family to a quixotic attempt to win musical fame.

The Hedgehog
(Le Hérisson)

February 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Directed by Mona Achache, 2009, 98 minutes

An intellectual concierge (who reads Tolstoy to her cat), a precocious 11-year-old (who documents her environment with her father's Super-8 camera) and a refined Japanese gentleman are the strange trio at the heart of this sometimes uplifting, sometimes cynical film based on Muriel Barbery's bestselling novel. Making audiences feel clever while also delivering an oldfashioned fairytale of unexpected love (and even a dose of social critique), Mona Achache's helming debut unashamedly has it all ways. The result is a touching, engaging parable about the importance of unconventionality.


All screenings will take place at La Maison Française, the Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington DC 20007

Tickets are $10.00
$5.00 for students (student ID is required)

Doors open at 6:30 and close at 7:00 PM
Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, and allow extra time for security screening. Registration and valid ID are required. Masks are recommended in the auditorium.


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