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Tournées Festival

Carthage hosts The Tournées Festival, a festival of new French films, Oct. 7-Nov. 12, 2017. Six French films will be shown at Carthage to celebrate French cinema and culture. The festival is open to the public.

Carthage is one of 70 colleges and universities nationwide selected to receive a grant to participate in this year’s Tournées Festival. The festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The program distributes close to $200,000 in grants annually to encourage colleges and universities to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. 

Now in its 22nd year, The Tournées Festival offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. The films span generational and geographic borders, offer a range of genres and subjects, and showcase innovations in both style and storytelling.

Films will be shown in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium. Admission for each film is $3 for the general public. Student admission is free with a valid student ID. English subtitles are available for all films.

La cour de Babel

School of Babel

Oct. 7-8, 2017

Oct. 7 — 4 to 6 p.m.
Oct. 8 — 7 to 9 p.m.

This image from the film, La cour de Babel, is of a young boy raising his hand in a classroom.

“School of Babel” follows a year in a Paris schoolroom for children who have recently immigrated to France. Using a surprisingly intimate fly-on-the-wall style, Julie Bertucelli’s documentary gives us unforgettable glimpses into the lives of tweens and teens from Mauritania, Serbia, Venezuela, Romania, Senegal, Libya, Ireland, Brazil, and China, who have come to France for reasons ranging from studying violin at the Paris conservatory to escaping genital excision. The film’s triumph is in its remarkably succinct manner of creating complex portraits of the children and capturing the diversity of their experience.

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Louise en hiver 

Louise by the Shore 

Oct. 14-15, 2017

Oct. 14 — 4 to 6 p.m.
Oct. 15 — 7 to 9 p.m.

From the film Louise en hiver, this cartoon photo is of a elderly man in a hat.

When elderly widow Louise misses the last train out of the seaside resort she usually summers in, she finds herself stranded in a ghost town of empty buildings and waxing and waning tides. She soon becomes a genteel Robinson Crusoe, building a hut on the beach and settling in with a raggedy talking dog and the memories of her childhood.

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oct. 21-22, 2017

Oct. 21 — 4 to 6 p.m.
Oct. 22 — 7 to 9 p.m.

From the film Fatima, this photo is of two women talking outside on a busy street.

Writer-director Philippe Faucon’s long-running project of making films about those members of the French population traditionally left off-screen reaches a state of grace in Fatima, perfectly balancing sharp observation of the harsh realities of the immigrant experience with an inspiring story of individual resilience. Fatima is a middle-aged, divorced Algerian woman living in a French suburb, cleaning houses and offices from dawn to dusk to provide her spirited teenage daughters with a better future. It takes a workplace accident for Fatima to finally pay attention to her own needs and discover a powerful means of expressing them through poetry.

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Oct. 28-29, 2017

Oct. 28 — 4 to 6 p.m.
Oct. 29 — 7 to 9 p.m.

From the film, Diplomatie, this photos is of two men talking at a desk.A brisk, intelligent adaptation of the World War II–set play of the same name, Volker Schlondorff’s “Diplomacy” features magnificent performances by two lions of French cinema: Niels Arestrup and Andre Dussollier, re-creating the roles they originated onstage. The former plays Dietrich von Cholitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris; the latter stars as the Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling. The actual meetings between these two historical figures, which occurred over several days — and which were earlier dramatized in René Clément’s 1966 film, “Is Paris Burning?” — are here compressed to one extremely tense night in August 1944 at the hotel that served as von Cholitz’s base during the war. It is in this grand lodging on the Rue de Rivoli that Nordling tries to convince the Nazi commander not to carry out Adolf Hitler’s orders to bomb Paris. To watch the nimble negotiating that follows is to witness two formidable actors at the top of their craft.

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Bandes des filles  


nov. 4-5, 2017

Nov. 4 — 4 to 6 p.m.
Nov. 5 — 7 to 9 p.m.

From the film Bandes des filles, this is a photo of a girl smiling outside.

Set in the impoverished banlieues that ring Paris and are home to many of its French-African denizens, Bandes des filles focuses on Marieme (Karidja Touré), a 16-year-old who assumes responsibility for her two younger sisters while their mother works the night shift; the teenager must also frequently absorb the wrath of her tyrannical slightly older brother. School provides no haven from these hardships: Having already repeated a grade twice, Marieme is told that vocational training is her only option. Rather than accept this indignity, she falls in with a triad of tough girls, abandoning her braids for straightened hair, her hoodie for a leather jacket — and learning the pleasures of raising hell at malls in Les Halles and impromptu dance-offs on the Métro. Led by the swaggering Lady (Assa Sylla), this crew — whose members are all played by charismatic first-time performers — boosts Marieme’s confidence. “You have to do what you want,” Lady exhorts her; Marieme tries to put this mantra into practice while being repeatedly reminded of her limited options.

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Bande à part 

Band of Outsiders  

nov. 10 & 12, 2017

Nov. 10 — 2 to 4 p.m.
Nov. 12 — 7 to 9 p.m.

From the film Bande a part, this is a black and white photo of a girl holding a mirror.

This film puts leading New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard’s love of B-movies and detective novels front and center, with the story of a heist carried off by the unlikely trio of two shiftless Paris guys and the moony au pair they both love, but is at its most exhilarating with its famous “digressions”: the legendary line dance in a Paris café or the whirlwind trip to the Louvre, in which the trio break the record for the fastest museum visit. Along with this constant playfulness, the film’s mix of youthful ebullience and romantic tragedy, its interplay between the gritty black and white images of Paris and Godard’s poetic voiceover, and the thrilling moments in which the camera seems to break with the narrative to capture the young actors’ very essence create a particularly enjoyable primer in the art of the New Wave, as well as Godard’s most accessible film.

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