April in Paris film festival in Hartford returns with nine films over seven days

The April in Paris film festival, which took a two-year hiatus due to COVID, is back in 2022 with a slate of nine French-language films to be shown at Cinestudio in Hartford from April 3 to 9.

Among the offerings are one of the most acclaimed thrillers of all time — the 1955 classic “Les Diaboliques” — a 1928 silent film set at the Eiffel Tower and a modern-day adaptation of Sophocles’ ancient Greek play “Antigone.”


The films come from France, Belgium, Canada, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire. All will be shown at Cinestudio, at 300 Summit St., on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford. Admission for each film is $10, $8 students and seniors, $7 Friends of Cinestudio. A closing reception will be April 9 at 7 p.m. More information at

The schedule

April 3, 2:30 p.m.: “The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower,” Julien Duvivier’s 1928 silent film, accompanied by Patrick Miller on piano. It tells the story of a thief chased through Paris by menacing men in hoods.


April 3, 7:30 p.m.: “Les Diaboliques,” Henri-Georges Clouzot’s story of two women (Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot) who plot to kill a man, but they don’t anticipate the aftermath of the killing.

April 4, 7:30 p.m.: “A Tale of Summer,” Eric Rohmer’s 1995 comedy about a man and three women.




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April 5, 7:30 p.m.: “A Dramatic Film,” Eric Baudelaire’s 2019 documentary about a Paris middle school, which touches on themes of Islamophobia, assimilation and economic inequality.

April 6, 7:30 p.m.: “Slalom, Charlene Favier’s drama about a ski instructor exploiting his young protégé.

April 7, 7:30 p.m.: “Little Girl,” Eric Baudelaire’s 2019 drama about a transgender child.

April 8, 7:30 p.m.: “Night of the Kings,” Philippe Lacote’s 2020 drama from France, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Canada, about a youth who saves his life in prison by telling a lengthy story.

April 9, 2:30 p.m.: “The Society of the Spectacle,” Guy Debord’s 1974 documentary collage about capitalism, imagery and power.

April 9, 8 p.m.: “Antigone,” a 2019 Canadian drama, directed by Sophie Deraspe, which sets Sophocles’ drama in an immigrant community in Montreal. A Q&A with the film’s star, Nahema Ricci, will follow the screening.


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