Ashland University’s Department of Foreign Languages will hold a Tournées Film Festival in October that will feature five recent French films and one classic film. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place October 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 at 7 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education.
The festival, which is presented in collaboration with Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was made possible by a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange received by Dr. Richard Gray, associate professor of foreign languages, who organized the festival.
Additional support also is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et l'Image Animée Campus France USA, the Florence Gould Foundation and highbrow entertainment.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Les Fantômes D’ismaël (2017) (Ismael’s Ghosts) will be shown. Amalric plays Ismael Vuillard, an accomplished filmmaker who has lived for 20 years in the shadow of the disappearance of his young wife Carlotta. One day, while Ismael is working in his seaside house, his girlfriend Sylvie is approached by a beautiful woman on the beach. She announces that she is Carlotta and that she has returned to reclaim her husband. Ismael’s life soon begins to fall apart. Desplechin contrasts this psychological drama with scenes from the film Ismael is in the process of writing.