23rd New Orleans French Film Festival Announces Opening Night Film


The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced that the 23rd New Orleans French Film Festival will be held between February 27 – March 4, 2020, at the Prytania Theatre. Festival passes are now on sale at neworleansfilmsociety.org

The New Orleans French Film Festival is one of the longest-running foreign language festivals in the U.S. and it is no coincidence that it takes place at The Prytania Theatre, the oldest continuously running single-screen theater in New Orleans. The festival traditionally showcases 20+ feature-length and short French-language films from Belgium, Canada, the Carribean, France, Haiti, North Africa, and Francophone communities here in Louisiana. As always, all films will be screened with English subtitles. The French Film Festival is also known for its eclectic music performances by local musicians prior to film screenings.


The complete festival lineup and schedule will be announced at the end of January. However, the Opening Night Film is out! Premiered at the most recent Cannes Film Festival, French director Justine Triet’s SIBYL brings together an all-star cast with Virgine Effira (Elle, Victoria), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color), and Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann). This sultry and stylish psychodrama follows a psychotherapist who begins to use a patient’s life as source material for her novel. The film is the perfect appetizer to get the festival-goers avid for the next 6 days of programming.


Acquiring a French Film Festival Pass is the best way to experience the festival. Passholders get free access to all screenings, skip the lines with priority entrance, keep their seats without having to leave the theater between screenings, and book their tickets a week before tickets go on sale for the public.

The Patron Pass, on top of all the benefits of a regular pass, comes with an invitation to the French-themed Patron Party on February 27th at a New Orleans residence prior to the Opening Night Film.

Individual tickets will be available to book for festival passholders and New Orleans Film Society members on February 3rd, a week earlier than tickets go on sale to the public on February 10th.

For more information on passes & tickets, visit neworleansfilmsociety.org/french-film-festival

New Orleans Film Society’s Scene Stealer, Producer’s Circle, Executive Producer’s Circle, and Director’s Circle members get two FREE passes to the French Film Festival! Moviegoer and Take Two members get $15 off of passes or $3 off of individual tickets.

To become a member, visit neworleansfilmsociety.org/become-a-member

Join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/470418756953762/



The 23rd New Orleans French Film Festival’s premiere sponsor is TV5Monde. The festival’s lead media sponsor is The New Orleans Advocate – Times-Picayune, with other sponsorship support from L’Union Francaise. The festival is organized in partnership with the Prytania Theatre and WWNO is a media partner.




Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:30 PM, The Prytania Theatre

Dir. Justine Triet | France| 2019 | 101min. | Cast: Virgine Effira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sandra Hüller, Gaspard Ulliel

A sly, sultry character study from filmmaker Justine Triet, SIBYL follows a psychotherapist (Virginie Efira) who decides to quit her practice and return to writing instead. As Sibyl starts dropping patients, she begins to struggle with excess time and a lack of inspiration–until she gets a call from Margot (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young actress wrapped up in a dramatic affair with her costar, Igor (Gaspard Ulliel), who happens to be married to the film’s director (Sandra Hüller). Becoming further enmeshed in Margot’s life, Sibyl starts to blur past and present, fiction with reality, and the personal with the professional as she begins to use Margot’s life as source material for her novel.

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