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Rhodes To Host Tournées French Film Festival Sept. 19 - Oct. 3

Publication Date: 9/17/2012

Rhodes will host the Tournées French Film Festival, an initiative to bring contemporary French cinema to American college campuses, Sept. 19 - Oct. 3. Free and open to the public, the film screenings will take place in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus. The Tournées Festival will feature five French films (with English subtitles) covering a variety of cinematic genres and themes.

The series begins Sept. 19 with a 6:30 p.m. reception and a 7 p.m. screening of Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” the 2012 winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. A charming homage to the era of silent film in Hollywood, “The Artist” will be introduced by Shira Malkin, associate professor of modern languages and literatures at Rhodes.

The film series continues on Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. with Aki Kaurismäki’s film “Le Havre,” a tale of an unlikely and touching friendship and a celebration of France’s national ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Rashna Richards, assistant professor of English and director of film studies at Rhodes will introduce the film.

On Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., the festival will present master director Jean-Luc Godard’s “Film Socialisme,” an experimental and provocative reflection on European history and the conflicts which continue to trouble the modern world. Alberto del Pozo Martinez, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures, will introduce the film.

The festival will resume on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. with a screening of the documentary “As a Young Girl of 13” directed by Elisabeth Coronel. The film tells the true story of Simone Lagrange and her harrowing experiences during the Holocaust and the wartime French Resistance as well as her decisive role in bringing the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice.

The finale of the film series will take place Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. with Céline Sciamma’s “Tomboy,” screened in partnership with the Queer Advocacy student organization at Rhodes. The film is a complex and sensitive portrait of childhood and a reflection on the complexities of gender and identity. It will be introduced by Judith Haas, assistant professor of English and director of gender and sexuality studies.

The Tournées Festival is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Film Studies, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rhodes in conjunction with the Alliance Française of Memphis. The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, with the support of the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE).


The Tournées Festival is part of Rhodes′ Communities in Conversation series. Beginning its second year, Communities in Conversation provides a forum for dialogue on a variety of topics in the humanities as well as those related to current affairs.

More information on the films is available at rhodes.edu/tournees or contact Dr. Laura Loth, assistant professor in modern languages and literature at (901) 843-3587 or lothl@rhodes.edu

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