The Sacramento French Film Festival, now in its 10th year, will open June 17 with "The Names of Love," a romantic comedy in which a young liberal woman (best-actress Cesar winner Sara Forestier) tries to convert right-leaning politicians by sleeping with them.
Did we mention this is a French film festival?
The 2011 French Film Festival, running June 17-19 and June 25-26 at the Crest Theatre, will offer its usual stellar mix of recent French films Sacramentans might otherwise not get to see on a big screen, classics (including "The Young Girls from Rochefort" this year) and midnight movies.
For its 10th year, the festival has added a program called "One That Got Away," spotlighting a film festival organizers wanted to show, but were unable to, when it first was released. This year's selection is the 2003 film "A Real Man," a musical and romantic comedy starring Mathieu Amalric ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly").
The French Film Festival also will show a film directed by Almaric called "On Tour," in which an American burlesque troupe performs in France.
For tickets and information, see the festival website or call (916) 455-9390.
-- Carla Meyer