The Tournees Festival - Mes Provinciales (2018)

Presented by The Department of Foreign Languages Ashland University
January 14-29, 2020 (All films begin at 7:00 p.m.)
Ronk Lecture Hall (Schar College of Education)
Free admission for AU students, faculty, staff, and the general public Presented in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences

With this story of a young man from the provinces moving to Paris to find his fortune, Jean-Paul Civeyrac provides a fresh spin on a narrative tradition reaching back at least as far as Balzac and Flaubert. In this case, the young man is Étienne Tinan, a passionate aspiring filmmaker who enrolls at university to study film, immersing himself in the artistic quarrels and enthusiasms of the day. He falls in and out of love, meets showboating aesthetes and diehard political activists, tries and fails to make films that live up to his ideals, then tries again. As a film professor himself, Civeyrac strikes a winning balance between an authentic, highly contemporary depiction of the lives and interests of film students today and the time- honored themes of solitude, devotion, hope and hopelessness that have molded our view of young people lost in the urban rush since the age of the Romantics.

Support for the Tournees Festival is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States / Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée Campus France USA / Florence Gould Foundation / highbrow entertainment.

Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm