The MFA Film Program is delighted to present a 7-show engagement of French director Christophe Honoré’s modern musical Love Songs (Les Chansons d’amour), May 17-22. The May 17 screening is part of the Boston Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival, May 7-18.

Christophe Honoré was born in Brittany, France in 1970. He wrote for the prestigious «Les Cahiers du Cinéma» before becoming a film director. Honoré has also written numerous novels and screenplays, including Anne-Sophie Birot’s film Girls Can’t Swim, which the MFA screened in an engagement in 2002. The MFA also recently screned his previous film Dans Paris.

«In LOVE SONGS, I dared to present people who felt love for each other, but it was, above all, brotherly love. I still felt embarrassed about the emotions of love. For me, it was a big step to place emotion at the heart of a story. I’ve never been able to do it before. This led to the idea of a film in which the characters start singing as soon as they are in a state of love because they are incapable of expressing it otherwise. I have always loved songs, the way they allow you to express strong emotions in a fleeting manner.» – Christophe Honoré

Tickets: May 17: Members, seniors and students $8; general admission $10. May 22-31: Members, seniors and students $8; general admission $9. To purchase please call the box office at 617-369-3687 or online at www.mfa.org/film.

Love Songs
Sat, May 17, 8:45 pm
Thu, May 22, 8:20 pm
Fri, May 23, 7:45 pm
Sat, May 24, 1:45 pm
Sun, May 25, 2:15 pm
Thu, May 29, 5:45 pm
Sat, May 31, 5:45 pm

Love Songs (Les Chansons d’amour) by Christophe Honoré, (France, 2007, 100 min.). Christophe Honore further makes a case as one of the most exciting filmmakers of our generation with the exuberant and tender Love Songs. A modern day musical told through unforgettable songs sung entirely by the cast and scored by Alex Beaupain, the film has overjoyed audiences at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals while earning recognition in its native country with four French Cesar nominations. In the hope of sparking their stalled relationship, Ismael (Louis Garrel of Dans Paris, The Dreamers) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier of Swimming Pool) enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice (Clotilde Hesme of Regular Lovers). When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love. For Ismael, this means negotiating through the advances of Julie’s sister (Chara Mastroianni of Persepolis) and a young college student, Erwann (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet of Strayed); who may offer him redemption. In French with English subtitles.

The media sponsor is The Boston Phoenix.

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