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Carthage presents French Film Festival through Nov. 17

  • Carthage hosted the Tournees Festival in 2013.
    Carthage hosted the Tournees Festival in 2013.

By Mike Moore

October 02, 2013

Over several weekends this fall, the Carthage community will say “Bonjour!” to some of the best recent French cinema.

The Diversity Task Force will present The Tournees Festival from Oct. 5 to Nov. 17. A total of five French-language films will be shown, with two showings each weekend. Films will be screened in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium.

Admission is free for those with a current Carthage ID and $3 per movie for the general public (cash only). Attendees do not need to purchase tickets for the entire series.

As a member of the College’s Diversity Task Force, Professor Isabel Rivero-Vila was awarded a grant to put on the festival. The French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, created the program to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses.

Carthage is among 30 colleges and universities nationwide that were approved for The Tournees Festival in 2013-14. Other institutions chosen for the highly competitive grant include the University of Notre Dame and Duke University.

Prof. Rivero-Vila, who teaches French and Spanish in the Modern Languages Department, chose the films from a pool available under the FACE grant. They cover a wide array of themes, which she said allows students of all disciplines and the public to find something of interest. All are either documentaries or fictional dramas based on real events.

She’s confident the series will clear up misconceptions and stereotypes about various cultures. In addition, Prof. Rivero-Vila said it would introduce viewers to what’s considered the birthplace of moviemaking.

“This cinema needs to be known,” she said, adding that France ranks third in the world in movie production.

The offices of the President and Provost, the Division of the Humanities, and the Modern Languages, Communication and Digital Media, and Religion departments also contributed toward the series. The French club, French Fellow, and International Friendship Society are helping with promotion.

While all of Prof. Rivero-Vila’s French students are required to attend the festival, it will provide a special blueprint for those in her Topics course. They’ll be charged with putting on their own festival as part of the Francophone Cultures Through Film and Multimedia class.

English subtitles are available for all films in the festival. These movies have not been independently rated, so families should use their discretion when deciding whether to bring children.

For more information, contact Prof. Rivero-Vila at