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 Wednesday, Oct. 10, Visages, Villages (2017) (Faces, Places) will be shown. In this Cohen Media Group production, 89-year-old powerhouse Agnès Varda teams with the world-famous young street artist JR to make a film as wide-ranging as it is personal, as fanciful as it is pointed. Setting off on French country roads to find subjects for JR’s trademark mural-size portrait photographs, the two artists focus on people generally outside of the spotlight, including retired miners, factors workers, the wives of dockers and farmers. Each encounter fills in another piece of an idiosyncratic portrait of modern-day France. Faces, Places was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Documentary of 2017.