Impressive new films from renowned directors François Ozon of France and Italy’s Taviani brothers are the coups in Belmont World Film’s 12th annual international film series, running Mondays at 7:30 p.m. from March 11 through April 29 at the Studio Cinema in Belmont (376 Trapelo Road). This year’s theme is “Found in Translation,” as the fest celebrates eight international films, many of them US or area premieres, that deal with multiculturalism and/or feature multiple languages.
The fest’s closing feature, “In the House” (Dans la maison), is arguably Ozon’s best film since “The Swimming Pool” in 2003. Like that film, “In the House” is a seductive, psychologically dark and sometimes subversively funny drama about an older character’s infatuation with a younger one. Literature teacher and failed novelist Germain (Fabrice Luchini, from Ozon’s “Potiche”) becomes vicariously involved in his student Claude’s (Ernst Umhauer) intimate writings, leading to a blurring of reality and fiction. As usual with Ozon, there are hints of homoeroticism amid the danger and mystery. Emmanuelle Seigner and, particularly, Kristin Scott Thomas deliver memorable supporting performances.