Opening Night of Stony Brook Film Festival, July 19:

     Packed House to “A Family Secret” (Le Secret de ma mère)

Enthusiastic Response to the French-Canadian Dramatic Comedy


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July 20, 2007, Stony Brook, NY -- On Stony Brook Film Festival’s Opening Night, A Family Secret  (Le Secret de ma mere) was sold out, heralding an exciting ten days of independent films screening at Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY through July 28.  The French-Canadian film, distributed by Seville Pictures in Canada, made its U.S. Premiere in Ghyslaine Côté’s third visit to the Stony Brook Film Festival.


Ghyslaine Côté, writer and director of A Family Secret attended the festival along with actress and well-known French-Canadian singer, Ginette Reno, who played the pivotal character of Blanche in the film. Ghyslaine Côté’s first language is French, but she had to use the word “flabbergasted” to describe how she felt about the audience’s enthusiastic response. “There is no better word, even in French,” said Ms. Côté.


Alan Inkles, director of the Stony Brook Film Festival, noted, “We had a glorious Opening Night with A Family Secret. My only regret is that even with a 1000+ seat house, we had to turn away dozens of people who came out for the film.”

A free party in the University Art Gallery after the Q&A added to the festivities, with a brass band and dramatic lighting in the Gallery and outside on the ceiling of the Staller Center walkway.


The presenting sponsors for the Stony Brook Film Festival for 2007 are HBO, Jet Blue Airways, Long Island Pulse magazine, Suffolk County, Teachers Federal Credit Union, The Village Voice and WALK 97.5 Radio.  For more information on the festival and a complete schedule of film and events, visit