A still from The 400 Blows, distributed by Cocinor.

Arts around town: European Film festival lands at Manship, Authors After Hours welcomes writer Elizabeth Berg, and more

A look at arts-related events in the area:

This Friday, March 3, the EBRPL Main Branch will host bestselling author Elizabeth Berg for a special Authors After Hours event ideal for literary enthusiasts or writers-to-be. Having published her first novel—one of 21—in 1993, with three turned into TV movies and several holding stints on the New York Times bestseller list, Berg will answer questions from visitors and speak about the trajectory of her writing career and how it’s grown since she began.

During the month of March, the Manship Theater will host its annual European Film Festival, honoring some popular and Academy Award-nominated films from countries like France, Sweden and Italy. The festival opens this Friday, March 3, with the seminal French New Wave masterpiece The 400 Blows, the first of François Truffaut’s celebrated five-film serial about the character Antoine Doinel, a young boy from a troubled Parisian family coming of age in an increasingly complicated world. Next up on Saturday, March 4, comes this year’s Oscar nominee for Best Actress in Elle, a psychological thriller centered on a middle-aged woman and her quest to achieve revenge against an unknown assailant from her past. A Man Called Ove, nominated at the Oscars this year for Best Foreign Language Film, will screen Sunday, March 5, and tells the comedic and heart-wrenching story based on Fredrrik Backman’s novel of  a depressed Swedish widower who forms an unlikely bond with his new neighbor, an Iranian immigrant who recently moved to town. Followed by the Israeli dance documentary Mr. Gaga; the French animated film My Life as a Zucchini, Italy’s Fire at Sea, a sympathetic documentary about the European migrant crisis; and the German-Austrian Oscar-nominated Toni Erdmann, the festival continues through Friday, March 31.

Between Friday, March 4, and Saturday, April 15, Kelwood Contemporary Art will hold a Juried National Show featuring 38 different artists from around the country. The show’s theme responds to the events of 2016 and how the community can bond together to face the year ahead. The gallery will host an opening reception this Saturday, March 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. During normal weeks, the studio is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With the help of LSU Professor of Chemistry John Polman, the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum will display an exhibit opening this Saturday, March 4, on Polymers in Art Throughout the Centuries. Polymers are chemical compounds that can be found either naturally or artificially in various art materials. This exhibit will provide a broad overview of polymers and works that they are featured in.