• From Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways, which plays tomorrow

Starting tonight and continuing through the weekend, the Alliance Francaise will present several recent French-language films from around the globe. The first selection, The Weight of the Oath (aka Le Poids du Serpent) comes from Burkina Faso; it screens tonight at 6:30 PM with the film’s director, Daniel Sanou Kollo, in attendance. The event is free and open to the public, as is tomorrow night’s Chicago premiere of Laurence Anyways, the latest from the young Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats). Based on descriptions, the film sounds like an ambitious undertaking for the 23-year-old writer-director: it runs 160 minutes and takes place over ten years. Time Out Chicago‘s Hank Sartin will be present to introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

The series continues on Saturday with three additional films: Grey Matter, a meta-movie from Rwanda; Toussaint Louverture, a Haiti-set historical epic made for French TV; and Mesnak, a Quebecois feature about an actor who reconnects with his indigenous roots. These screenings aren’t free, but if you preorder tickets, you can see all three for a mere $10.