The 14th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival begins tonight at the Prytania Theatre with a 7:30 p.m. showing of “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life,” equal parts biography of the singer Serge Gainsbourg and “a quintessential time capsule to ‘60’s Paris.”
Rene Brunet, the 89-year-old owner of the Prytania Theatre and its gracious doorman, describes growing up in the theater side of the movie business, his hobby of playing the organ, and the Prytania’s place in the world today, in a wide-ranging interview with the website NOLA Defender.
With today’s announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominees, the Prytania Theatre made an announcement of its own: between now and March 3, the Uptown cinema will be hosting a full slate of Oscar contenders.
The “Best Picture Series” is already underway with showings of The King’s Speech, which led the field with 12 nominations. Through the next several weeks, the Black Swan, Oscar-nominated short films, “True Grit” and “The Fighter” will all be shown, the cinema announced.
Screenings of nearly 30 different films in the New Orleans Film Festival will dominate the schedule at the Prytania Theatre from Friday to the following Thursday.
Taking the theatre stage to a full house’s standing ovation after Monday’s late showing, Shearer thanked the audience for their enthusiasm but described his broader goal.
“Nothing is more moving to me than hearing the reaction of the people of New Orleans, the city I adopted, the city that adopted me,” Shearer said. “But it wasn’t made for us. It was made for the rest of the country.”
Prytania Theatre gets press from the Independent Weekly for premiering The Blind Side.
The Independent – The Blind Side opens today.