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MFA’s French Film Festival goes virtual this year

Lise Leplat Prudhomme in "Joan of Arc."
Lise Leplat Prudhomme in "Joan of Arc."Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts has an extensive film program, and its annual biggest event takes place in July: the Boston French Film Festival. The MFA remains closed, so this year’s festival, July 10-31, is being held virtually. Eleven films are on the bill.

Highlights include Bruno Dumont’s “Joan of Arc” (2019), a sequel to his “Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc” (2017), and a three-film tribute to actress Romy Schneider (1938-82). In the former, Lise Leplat Prudhomme plays the Maid of Orléans. The Schneider films are “Les choses de la vie” (1970), costarring Michel Piccoli, who died in May; “César and Rosalie” (1972), costarring Yves Montand; and “L’important c’est d’aimer” (1975), which translates to “The Most Important Thing Is Love.” Could a sentiment be more French?


Romy Schneider in “César and Rosalie.”
Romy Schneider in “César and Rosalie.”Museum of Fine Arts

Dog lovers will want to note the one animated feature, Anca Damian’s “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” (2019). The title character is a particularly endearing mutt. Conversely, they might object to the title of “My Dog Stupid” (2019). Yvan Attal, who directed, costars in the comedy with his wife, Charlotte Gainsbourg.

A scene from "Marona's Fantastic Tale."
A scene from "Marona's Fantastic Tale."Museum of FIne Arts

Albert Serra’s costume drama “Liberté” (2019) is set in the 18th century and stars Helmut Berger as a German duke. “The Perfect Nanny” (2019) was directed and co-written by Lucie Borleteau. Its story line about a child-care helper whose perfection proves sinister is based on the international bestseller by Leïla Slimani.

A scene from "The Perfect Nanny."
A scene from "The Perfect Nanny."Museum of Fine Arts

Also screening are “Someone Somewhere” (2019), “The Girl With a Bracelet” (2019), and “Papicha” (2019).

Go to www.mfa.org/programs/film.

Mark Feeney can be reached at mark.feeney@globe.com.