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April 18, 2011
French Film Festival offers a pre-festival evening of shorts

Pre-celebration events tied to the 10th Sacramento French Film Festival (happening in June) continue. First was the successful collaboration with the Sacramento Philharmonic on two screenings of the silent film "An Italian Straw Hat." Next was a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, the late singer, actor and perennial embodiment of cool.

The festivities continue at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Verge Center for the Arts (625 S St., Sacramento) with a program of French shorts. The program will include the animated short "Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage" -- recently nominated for an Oscar -- and other new works, as well as favorites from previous editions of the Sacramento French Film Festival.

Admission to the event, a fund-raiser for the SFFF and Verge Center for the Arts, is $5 (or free to "Friends of the Festival" supporters). For information, see the festival's website or call (916) 455-9390.

The 10th French Film Festival will unspool June 17-19 and June 25-26 at the Crest Theatre.
-- Carla Meyer

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