The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of New Mexico hosts the Tournees Festival, a showcase of contemporary French cinema, April 13 through May 4. All films are shown in original French with English subtitles. The event is free and open to the public.
Screenings feature five award-winning selections from French directors including Bruno Dumont, Emmanuel Laurent, Xavier Beauvois, Catherine Breillat and Sylvain Chomet. The films explore different aspects of French culture and political landscape.
In addition, the first two screenings feature introductions and discussions by guest speakers, David Pettersen, assistant professor of French and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Grace An, associate professor of French and Cinema Studies at Oberlin College.
The Tournees Festival is made possible by the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). Pettersen and An lectures and discussions are made possible through the support of the Carol Raymond Fund.
Friday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mitchell Hall, room 122
"Hadewijch" (2009) - Directed by Bruno Dumont, this film explores the mysteries of faith and religion as a devout Christian young woman becomes fascinated by the teachings of Islam after meeting a rebellious Arab teen.
Saturday, April 14, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Education, room 104
"Two in the Wave" (2009) - This documentary, directed by Emmanuel Laurent, showcases the lives of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard as they collaborate together and eventually became instrumental in French cinema.
Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mitchell Hall, room 122
"Of Gods and Men" (2010) - Directed by Xavier Beauvois, this film is based on a real incident in 1996 that is reverberated in France even today. The story centers around eight French monks who offer medical aid to a village in Algeria, and the hardships they must face when a terrorist group attempts to remove them completely.
Friday, April 27, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mitchell Hall, room 122
"The Sleeping Beauty" (2010) - Director Catherine Breillat has earned a reputation as an intelligent investigator of female sexuality, and this film is no exception. Featuring an infant girl cursed to die at a young age, a set of fairies aiming to reverse it and vivid dream landscapes, the film has received high praise from French critics.
Friday, May 4, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mitchell Hall, room 122
"The Illusionist" (2011) - This animated film, directed by Sylvain Chomet, is a follow up to 2003's "The Triplets of Belleville." Using witty comedy and innovative film styles, Chomet tells the story of a magician and his unlikely bond with a poor cleaning girl named Alice.