• The Swell Season

Music Box dispenses with a weeklong run in its main theater this week to present two series (though they’re billed as festivals—everything has to be a festival now). Friday through Sunday the theater takes advantage of Music Box Films—its new distribution company for international features, which scored early with Tell No One—to present the Chicago French Film Festival, with Chicago premieres of six recent French features. Monday through Thursday, Music Box presents the Summer Music Film Festival, six music-related documentaries both old (The Last Waltz) and new (The Swell Season, with Once costars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova); our sidebar has commentary from Ted Shen, Lisa Alspector, and Dave Kehr.