As we mentioned in last week's Film Scene, Feb. 22 and 23 finds Georgia Southern University's Armstrong Campus on southside Savannah hosting the 10th annual Francophone Film Festival. This underappreciated event consists of five critically acclaimed French-language feature films shown over the course of two days. Each title will be screened once only, and shown with English subtitles for those of us who would find them impossible to understand otherwise.

Shown in the University's Ogeechee Theatre, which is basically a large lecture hall with a decent-sized screen at the far end, these selections are all well-respected by critics and audiences alike and run the gamut from dramas to comedies to fantasy flicks. In a somewhat unusual programming move, there are only two live-action features in the bunch (the remaining three titles are animated). There will be an opening night reception after the 6 p.m. film "Borders," with complimentary snacks for all attendees. Best of all, these screenings are completely free to the public. For a detailed listing of the lineup for this year's Francophone Film Fest, as well as an interview with the longtime director of the event, see my separate article here on

1935 Oscar gem

Now, heading out to the beach, there's plenty of alternative cinema action taking place at Tybee Island's historic, single-screen Post Theater. First up is a one-show-only revival of Frank Capra's timeless romantic comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as a mismatched couple. This 1935 gem swept the Oscars, nabbing Best Actor, Actress, Director and Picture. Admission includes your choice of beverage (alcoholic or otherwise). The show is at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, and ticket prices to all Film Scene events can be found in our accompanying sidebar listings.

Current contender

A few nights later, the Post kicks off back-to-back limited, second-run engagements of two of the past year's most celebrated feature films - starting with the darkly tragi-comic revenge drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," which is increasingly seen as a favored contender for the Best Picture Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Written, produced and directed by Oscar-winning British-Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (who received the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film back in 2004), it stars a powerhouse ensemble of veteran actors adept at mixing deadpan humor with intense pathos, including Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and John Hawkes.

The less you know about the plot of this film the better, but suffice it to say, it is rooted in a furious mother's grief over the loss of her daughter and the unorthodox methods she employs to try and find her child's killer. It's an incredibly well-constructed and cathartic big-screen experience that benefits from a quiet and respectful audience. Four showings only, at 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26, plus a 3 p.m. matinee Feb. 25.

WWII thriller

Then, from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the same venue, "Dunkirk," the WWII thriller from heralded director Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "The Dark Knight," "Interstellar," "Inception") will be shown. A visually stunning blockbuster about the evacuation of Allied troops from the titular French city, "Dunkirk" stars Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. It was both adored and despised for its unconventional approach to non-linear storytelling, but it's clearly designed for a cinematic experience. It screens at 7 p.m. each night.

'Cat' remake

Moving back to the Southside, the Regal Stadium 10 multiplex is the location for three high-def streaming programs courtesy of Fathom Events. At 7 p.m. Feb. 22, they'll show a live recording of the British National Theatre Co.'s recent stage revival of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." This new production of the steamy, dysfunctional family drama co-stars Sienna Miller, and is said to be a terrific and gripping adaptation. Can't make this one-night-only showing? Just wait a few weeks till the exact same program is shown downtown at the Lucas for as little as $5 (the Regal showing costs over $23).

Popular 'La Bohème'

Next up at the Regal is the Metropolitan Opera's HD recording of Puccini's "La Bohème," which has been called "the world's most popular opera." This revival of the respected production by the legendary Franco Zeffirelli boasts a cast of new and rising stars in the contemporary opera world. It's in spoken and sung Italian, of course, but English subtitles will be provided onscreen throughout the three-hour and 20-minute show. Regal will screen "La Bohème" at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and again at both 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Lesson on social media

And finally, on Feb. 27 (and again March 1), Fathom debuts the latest motivational, inspirational program from Kirk Cameron, the former child TV star-turned controversially intolerant evangelical Christian figurehead. Titled "Kirk Cameron: CONNECT," it's billed as a guide for Christian parents on how to strengthen their families by regulating their children's social media usage. The fact that Cameron and his wife have six kids of their own is the main selling point of his supposed expertise in such matters. Showtime on both dates is 7 p.m.

'In The Fade' hit at Cannes

Moving back toward downtown - but not quite all the way - local film organization CinemaSavannah presents the exclusive area engagement of the award-winning 2017 French-German co-production "In The Fade," starring Diane Kruger, at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery one block south of Forsyth Park.

She nabbed the Best Actress Award at the most recent Cannes Film Fest for her riveting portrayal of a woman who loses her husband and young son in a Neo-Nazi terror attack. Inspired by real-life events and described as a tough and harrowing look at grief, rage and a search for justice, this thriller has left critics and audience members unsettled and searching their own souls for answers to difficult questions of mourning and propriety. It will be shown twice, at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25, in spoken German with English subtitles. Please note that admission is cash only at this venue.

'Blacker than the Night'

Three nights later, on Feb. 28 at The Sentient Bean, the Psychotronic Film Society's award-winning weekly series of underappreciated or downright obscure feature films from around the world continues with a rare public viewing of the 1975 Mexican horror flick "Más negro que la noche" aka "Blacker than the Night." Virtually unknown in the U.S. (despite a low-budget 2014 remake under a similar title that was briefly released here in the States), it's a creepy tale of four women who move into a house that one of them has inherited, only to discover that once the former owner's black cat suffers misfortune, a series of unexplained murders occur in earnest.

Bizarre incidents, disembodied voices and all manner of ghostly, supernatural incidents plague the new inhabitants of the home in a film that is something of a minor legend south of the border, where some Mexican horror film fans call it the most terrifying old-fashioned fright flick they've ever seen. The PFS will screen the full, uncut international version, in spoken Spanish with English subtitles. 8 p.m. showtime, with discounts on craft beer and organic wine during the event.

Violating obscenity laws

And finally, on March 1, the Lucas Theatre offers up another HD streaming event. It's the BroadwayHD presentation of "Indecent," the Broadway debut of Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel. It is based closely on the controversial Yiddish play "God of Vengeance," which was itself produced on Broadway in the early 1920s, resulting in the play being shut down after just six weeks and its cast arrested and charged with violating U.S. obscenity laws.

Dealing with issues such as homophobia, anti-Semitism and America's Red Scare, it's a critically praised stage presentation about a critically praised stage presentation that earned Vogel's collaborator Rebecca Taichman the Obie Award for Outstanding Director of a Play. It will screen once only, at 7 p.m., with admission discounts for seniors and military. Students with a valid ID from any school get in for just $5. Beat that.

Until next week, see you at the movies, be kind to those around you and don't forget to turn off that cell phone.

Jim Reed directs the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah. Email


What: 10th annual Francophone Film Fest

When: Feb. 22-23

Where: GSU's Armstrong Campus, Ogeechee Theatre, 11935 Abercorn St.

Cost: Free


What: "It Happened One Night"

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 22

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $10


What: National Theatre Live: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 22

Where: Regal Stadium 10 and Cinemark Bluffton

Cost: $23.54


What: The Met: Live in HD "La Bohème"

When: 12:30 p.m. Feb. 24; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28

Where: Regal Stadium 10

Cost: $25.68-$21.40


What: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26; 3 p.m. Feb. 25

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $5-$7


What: "In The Fade"

When: 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25

Where: S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.

Cost: $8, cash only


What: "Kirk Cameron: CONNECT"

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 1

Where: Regal Stadium 10 and Cinemark Bluffton

Cost: $13.38


What: "Dunkirk"

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 28-March 2

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $5-$7


What: "Blacker than the Night"

When: 8 p.m. Feb. 28

Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Cost: $8


What: BroadwayHD: "Indecent"

When: 7 p.m. March 1

Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Cost: $5-$15