A mini French film festival at Laemmle Theatres

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The Laemmle Theatres are going Gallic this Wednesday with their ‘Rendez-Vous With French Cinema’ showcase. Five contemporary French films will be screened at the Claremont 5, the Town Center in Encino, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and the Monica 4 in Santa Monica.

Laemmle has joined forces with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Unifrance Films and Emerging Pictures for this annual French cinema festival.

Screening at 1 p.m. Wednesday is ‘Smugglers’ Songs,’ directed by Rabah Ameur-ZaImeche, revolving around 18th century folk hero and bandit Louis Mandrin.

‘Pater,’ directed and starring Alain Cavalier, follows at 3:10 p.m. Cavalier joins forces with actor Vincent Lindon for a semi-improvised comedy about men, power and, of course, politics.


Following at 5:20 p.m. is ‘Moon Child,’ directed by Crystal Fournier and also starring Lindon, a drama about the relationship between a dermatologist and a boy with a genetic deficiency that makes it impossible for the child to be in the daylight.

Mathieu Amalric (‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’) is the director of ‘The Screen Illusion,’ on tap for 7:40 p.m. The film is an updated adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th century tragicomedy.

The showcase concludes with Laurent Archard’s ‘The Last Screening,’ at 9:55 p.m. The film is being described as ' ‘Cinema Paradiso’ meets ‘Psycho.’ ‘

Each film has a separate admission price. For more information, go to

— Susan King