POLLYWOOD | CINEMA DIPLOMATIQUE
BY JEAN DAVID LEVITTE, AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE
When we set out to create the first French film festival in Washington D.C., we were faced with many questions and challenges. With the multitude of cultural events already taking place, was there room in Washington for yet another festival? If yes, then when would the festival take place, and what would we call it?
To answer the first question, there was but one answer: a French film festival in America's capital was long-overdue. Then, with its vibrant colors and cool breezes, autumn seemed the natural time. One can almost taste the crisp Parisian air while walking by the Seine, warmed by a scarf and a companion. And with a glamorous opening night soiree at the Embassy of France coupled with numerous other events surrounding the festival, it became self-evident that the name would come from its very spirit: chic! The Embassy was truly privileged to welcome Jerome Cornuau, an acclaimed French director, to present his new film The Tiger Brigades at our opening night gala. Mr. Cornuau also took part in master classes at local universities, reaching out to the next generation of film-makers. The exchange between Cornuau and those who participated was dynamic and warm, and provided a unique view into the world of film from the eyes behind the camera.
I would like to thank all Washingtonians for enthusiastically embracing this festival, and I join them in looking forward with great anticipation to the second annual C'est Chic 2007 Festival. Contact: www.la-maison-francais; Frenchfilm.firstname.lastname@example.org