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January 31, 2012

Merchants Square Restaurants Feature Special Offers on Nights of William and Mary Film Festivals

Merchants Square restaurants offer specials during two upcoming film festivals – the William and Mary French and Francophone Film Festival, Feb. 3-Feb. 17, and the William and Mary Global Film Festival, Feb. 16-19 – at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.
WM4F and WMGFF VIP passes provide access to exclusive “Merchants Square Movie + Dinner Specials” offered in conjunction with each of the festival screenings at participating restaurants including Aromas, the Blue Talon Bistro, Berrett’s Seafood Restaurant, David Everett’s Trellis, the Cheese Shop, the Fat Canary and Seasons. VIP passes for $10 for WM4F, $30 for WMGFF and $35 for combination tickets.

A WM4F pass gives admission to film screenings at the William and Mary French and Francophone Film Festival. The WMGFF pass provides access to all William and Mary Global Film Festival activities. VIP passes can be purchased at the Kimball Theatre box office or reserved by calling 1-800-HISTORY and tickets can be picked up at the box office.

All passes include movie/dinner partnership with restaurants in Merchants Square with special meal offers and discounts, and the opportunity to participate in post-movie discussion at one of the restaurants. WMGFF passes also include entrance to a VIP reception, an After Party with filmmakers and a bag of goodies.
For specific offers from each restaurant, visit for more information.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre and Merchants Square restaurants are not responsible for lost passes.

William and Mary French and Francophone Film Festival

The William and Mary French and Francophone Film Festival (WM4F), formerly the Tournees Festival, features a series of film screenings featuring award-winning French language films Feb. 3 - Friday, Feb. 17.

  • White Material (2009). In this drama directed and co-written by Claire Denis, Isabelle Huppert plays Maria, a white French expatriate living in an African nation that has fallen into political chaos. French with subtitles. Shows at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. Not rated.
  • Kinshasa Symphony (2011). Kinshasa is the capitol city of the Congo, one of the largest and poorest cities on the African continent. The film Kinshasa Symphony shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. French/Lingala with subtitles. Shows at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. Not rated.
  • Un vie de chat/ A Cat In Paris (2010). This animated feature from filmmakers Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol is a thrilling mystery that unfurls in the alleys and on the rooftops of Paris over the course of one adventurous night. French with subtitles. Shows at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Not rated.
  • Fauteuil d’orchestre/Avenue Montaigne (2007). Jessica, a charming young woman (Cecile De France, L’Auberge Espangnole), comes to Paris and lands a job waiting tables at a chic bistro on fabled Avenue Montaigne, the city’s nexus for art, music, theater and fashion. French with subtitles. Shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Rated: PG-13.

    Admission without a VIP pass is $3 for general admission and $2 for William and Mary students.

    William and Mary Global Film Festival

    The William and Mary Global Film Festival (WMGFF) celebrates its fifth anniversary Feb. 16-19 with the theme, “Film and the City,” which recognizes cinema as both local and global. The festival features films made in and about some of the most iconic cities in the world, while also showcasing smaller, lesser known cities including Williamsburg.

    The festival opens at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 with “City Symphonies: Origins and New Beginnings” featuring four documentaries including “A New Olde Town, A World Turned Upside Down: A Williamsburg City Symphony.” At 10:30 p.m., guests enjoy “New York City on Film.”

    The Global Film Festival continues at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 with “24speed in the City.” For the eighth Annual W&M 24Speed Filmmaking Contest participating teams will be required to plan, film and edit a short film in a 24-hour period and in accordance with a city-themed directive drawn from a hat. These speedy city films will be screened and judged with a variety of awards being presented. A VIP cocktail party begins at 4 p.m. The day closes at 11 p.m. with a late night special of “City Cult Films from Around the World.”

    On Saturday, Feb. 18, the focus shifts to “City Film for the Whole Family” at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. a student short film competition will be held. During a Filmmakers Roundtable, the theme is a Chinese film special event in conjunction with the launching of the college’s Confucius Institute.

    While admission without a VIP pass is $3 for general admission and $2 for William and Mary students to the WMGFF, some events are free.

    For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

    In 1999, Colonial Williamsburg benefactors Gretchen and the late Bill Kimball made a major gift to renovate the historic facility and to transform it into the multipurpose Kimball Theatre. The 35-seat screening room was underwritten by a grant from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation. Other generous donors continue to make gifts to endow Kimball Theatre programming. Their names are listed on plaques in the theater lobby.

    Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts, and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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