French Film Festival movies show @ 8PM in Hawkins-Conard Auditorium. Free.
The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE
(French American Cultural Exchange) which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses.
The program distributes over $200,000 in grants annually to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. Now in its 15th year, The Tournées Festival has partnered with more than 300 universities, making it possible for more than 450,000 students to discover French-language films.
Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi
2007 / 95 min.
Wednesday, OCTOBER 19
Persepolis is the story of a girl coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Through the eyes of young Marjane we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power. Clever and fearless, Marjane outsmarts the “social guardians”. But fear of the new regime runs deep; her family sends her abroad to school at 14.
Wednesday, OCTOBER 26
Anne Fontaine’s exploration of the pre-fame life of the world’s greatest fashion designer focuses on Coco Chanel during the Belle Epoque. The film opens in 1893 and ends before the Chanel empire is launched with its revolutionary approach to fashion.
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 2
Chomet’s follow-up to The Triplets of Belleville is an exquisitely animated film, based on an unproduced script by the French comic genius Jacques Tati. A struggling magician befriends a poor girl who follows him to Edinburgh. Neither speaks the other’s language; The Illusionist shows the ways people understand each other non-verbally.
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 9
A sublime tale of faith and doubt based on a real incident, Of Gods and Men chronicles the story of eight French monks living in an impoverished Algerian village. When faced with threats from fundamentalist terrorists and the Algerian military, the monks must decide whether to seek safety or risk their lives and stay with the Muslim villagers who have come to trust them and rely on their aid.
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 16
A Secret follows the life of a Jewish family in post-World War II Paris. François is a solitary child who creates an imaginary brother and a fairytale history for his parents. One day, he discovers a dark family secret : his imaginary brother was real. As a trusted family friend reveals the painful secret bit by bit, the story is played out in flashback against the background of the Nazi Occupation of France.