Cameron University presents Fifth Annual French Film Festival

Cameron University’s annual French Film Festival returns for the fifth year with three contemporary French language films from August 23-25. Free screenings of “Indochine,”, “Le Petit Nicholas” and “Ne le dis a personne” will take place in the Cameron University Theatre. Films are shown in French with English subtitles. The festival will extend throughout the Lawton/Fort Sill community with special events held in conjunction with the films. For more information, contact Dr. Dean Clement at 580-581-2925 or

Here’s a look at the films selected for this year’s festival as well as community events planned in conjunction with the French Film Festival:

Thursday, August 23 (Date Night):  “Indochine”  

poster for IndochineReleased in 1992, this movie weaves a complex web that explores relationships between the French and the Vietnamese, a mother and a child, and lovers. The story is set from the 1930s to the 1950s, as French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman (Catherine Deneuve), who owns a rubber plantation, raises a Vietnamese princess as if she was her own daughter. She and her daughter both fall in love with a young French naval officer (Vincent Perez). “Indochine” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Deneuve was nominated for Best Actress. (PG-13)

Green Acres Market will provide free samples of croissants and French hors d’oeuvres in the Cameron University Theatre lobby beginning at 6 p.m. The film will start at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 24 (Family Night): “Le Petit Nicolas” (“Little Nicholas”)

poster for Le Petit NicolasBased on a series of children’s books, “Le Petit Nicolas” is a light-hearted comedy that focuses on friendship, hilarious misunderstandings, and the love between children and parents. A friend of Nicolas has a baby brother and thinks brotherhood is horrible. When Nicolas overhears a conversation that makes him think he will soon have one as well, he and his friends band together to embark on several schemes to help him get rid of his “coming” little brother. (PG)

Cherry Berry will provide free frozen yogurt to attendees, and free face painting will be available. Doors open at 6 p.m. The film will start at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 25 (For mature audiences): “Ne le dis a personne” (“Tell No One”)

poster for Tell No OneReleased in 2006, the Cesar Award-winning “Ne le dis a personne” is a thriller based on the novel “Tell No One” by Harlan Coben. Eight years since Dr. Alexandre Beck’s beloved wife was murdered by a serial killer, the discovery of two bodies near his estate stirs things again in a long-buried case in which nothing is as it appears. The combines action, mystery and humor in a uniquely French way. (Not Rated but suitable for audiences 13 and older)

Closing night of the French Film Festival will kick off with a red carpet gala at 5 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet and be photographed by Getty Pictures. Dillard’s Lancome will provide free samples and make-up touch ups. Marco’s Fund, a non-profit organization commemorating the life of the late Marco Baillergeon, will present an award to a deserving Cameron student prior to the film. The screening of “Ne le dis a personne” will begin at 6 p.m.

Cache Road Liquor, the Lawton Country Club, and Viridian Coffee will embrace the French spirit in conjunction with the festival.

Cache Road Liquor will offer a French wine tasting on Saturday, August 18, and Saturday, August 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Lawton Country Club dining room will be open to the public from Thursday, August 23, through Saturday, August 25, with a menu of savory and dessert crepes. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 580-353-2076.

Viridian Coffee will offer French brew and croissants at Anderson Pharmacy in its selection of coffees and side orders from Monday, August 20 through Saturday, August 25.

The Fifth Annual French Film Festival is presented by the Cameron University French Film Club. Funding has been provided by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts, Comanche Nation Hotel, and Apache Casino Hotel.



August 14, 2018