Paris - err - Burlington when it sizzles

BURLINGTON Savor some onion soup gratin饠at Leunigs Bistro. Enjoy escargot at the Caf頓helburne. Chow down an order of Als Pommes Frites. National French Week (Nov. 5-11) can be celebrated in many ways. At Champlain College, the celebration is cinematic. Recent feature films from France and French-speaking countries will be screened in the colleges Alumni Auditorium, 375 Maple St. All the films have English subtitles, and all are free and open to the public. On Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., Her Name is Sabine relates the story of a 38-year-old autistic woman in footage filmed by her sister, French actress Sandrine Bonnaire. The Man of My Life, to be shown Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., explores male bonding from a feminine perspective. In other full-length films, a Nigerian peasant tries to rebuild his life (Dreams of Dust, Nov. 9, 3 p.m.), and a young French actress searches for her father in India (The Untouchable, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.). A collection of six notable French short films, LOrigine de la Tendresse and Other Tales, will be displayed on Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. The shorts range in style and genre, from animation to fiction to documentary. Champlain Colleges film feast is part of the Tourn饳 Festival, the French American Cultural Exchanges annual grant program designed to support the screening of contemporary French cinema on American university and college campuses. Since its inception, the festival has made it possible for more than 300,000 students to discover French-language films. Champlain College is one of only 100 American colleges and universities selected to participate in the 2008-2009 Festival grant program. Vive le Festival! Vive la France!

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