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‘Memories’ to Open Focus on French Cinema Festival

Focus on French Cinema has scheduled eight premieres for its five-day festival, starting March 27 in Connecticut with the U.S. premiere of Jean-Paul Rouve’s family dramedy “Memories” (Les Souvenirs).

The closing night film will be comedic thriller “Number One Fan” (Elle l’adore).

The festival, now in its 11th year, will include U.S. premieres of “The Little Queen,” which is based on the true story of a young cyclist who became embroiled in one of Canada’s biggest sports scandals; “I Kissed a Girl,” a comedy about a gay man who discovers he may be a closeted heterosexual; Swiss romantic drama “Pause”; “The Clearstream Affair,” a thriller about an investigative journalist who uncovered Luxembourg’s financial scandal; and the animated comedy “Asterix: Le Domaine des dieux.”

The festival will also host the world premiere of the documentary “The Pursuit of Endurance … On the Shoulders of Shackleton,” which follows a group of explorers who retraced the 19th century explorer’s epic endurance expeditions to the Antarctic.

Filmmakers and talent in attendance include Sandrine Kiberlain, Sabine Azéma, Dominique Besnehard, Jeanne Herry, Abd Al Malik, Fabien Coste, Gilles Lellouche, Dyana Gaye, Antoine Le Carpentier and Luc Hardy.

The first three days of the fest will take place at Bow Tie Cinemas in Greenwich, Connecticut. On March 30, it will continue onto IFC Center in New York City. It closes on March 31 at the French Institute Alliance FranASaise ( FIAF).

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