11/9/2011 - Last Screening of Tournées French Film Festival Nov. 9
The Tournées French Film Festival will be held at JudsonCollege in Marion, AL from Oct. 26 to Nov. 9. The Judson College Art Club and Departments of Art and English receiveda nationally competitive collegiate grant from the French American CulturalExchange (in partnership with the cultural services of the French Embassy) forthe acquisition and screening of five recent French-language films on campus.
Speaking on behalf of the festival organizers, ChrisHokanson, Head of the English Department, said: “We are excited to bring someof the best examples of contemporary French cinema to Marion, many of which aremaking their Alabama premieres. We hopecommunity members will also attend the festival, which truly is a uniqueopportunity to learn about and experience French culture.”
Judson is the first college in the area to host theTournées Festival, which over the last 16 years has been held at over 350American universities and has made it possible for over 450,000 students todiscover French-language films. Thefestival committee at Judson was provided with a list of over 70 films fromwhich to choose. "We have selected five films for this festival thatcenter around education and religious and women’s issues that will especiallyspeak to our unique student body," said Jamie Adams, Head of the ArtDepartment.
The films to be screened are:
L’Illusioniste/The Illusionist (2010, dir. SylvainChomet) is an inspired tale of the friendship that grows between an agingFrench magician whose vaudeville act is out of step with the rock and rollculture of the 1960s and a young Scottish girl whom he befriends and cares foras her substitute father despite their lack of a shared language. Nominated for a Best Animated Film AcademyAward in 2011, this film is based on an unproduced screenplay by France’s mostfamous comedic director and actor, Jacques Tati.
La Fille du RER/The Girl on the Train (2008, dir. AndréTéchiné) is a film ripped from the French tabloids. The film reimages the true events of July2004 when a non-Jewish, young woman falsely claimed to have been the victim ofan anti-Semitic attack while on a commuter train into Paris. The film explores the impact that betrayaland a devastating breakup can have on a young woman’s psyche and brings to lifethe racial and religious tensions at play in post-colonial France.
Le Père de Mes Enfants /The Father of My Children (2009,dir. Mia Hansen-Løve) depicts the behind the scenes running of a small movieproduction company by a man who is devoted to his children but also harborsdeep secrets. The film explores theramifications that his business and personal decisions have on his family.
Entre Les Murs/The Class (2008, dir. Laurent Cantet),winner of the Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival, depicts a year inthe multi-ethnic classroom of a young French language teacher at an inner-cityParisian junior high school. The teacheris portrayed by the screenwriter, François Bégaudeau, who based the film on hisown teaching experiences.
Lourdes (2009, dir. Jessica Hausner) tells the story ofChristine, a young wheelchair-bound sufferer of multiple sclerosis, who travelsto Lourdes hoping for a cure. The filmreflects on the ethereal nature of miracles and is a brooding study of therelationships individuals have with their faith.
All screenings will take place in the Adams-ArmstrongLecture Hall of the Lowder Science Building at Judson College. Admission is free to students and anyone witha Judson ID card. Admission for the general public is $5. Various Judson faculty members will lead thepost-screening discussions of the first four films. Dr. Carmen Mayer-Robin, Associate Professorof French at the University of Alabama, will be a guest speaker and discussionleader at the final screening on November 9.
The screening schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, October 26 @ 7:00 p.m.: L’Illusioniste/TheIllusionist
Tuesday, November 1 @ 2:30 p.m.: La Fille du RER/The Girl on theTrain
Wednesday, November 2 @ 7:00 p.m.: Entre Les Murs/The Class
Tuesday,November 8 @ 7:00 p.m.: Le Père de Mes Enfants/The Father of My Children
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7:00 p.m.: Lourdes