Festival showcases multi-faceted French cinema

August 21, 2008

The Tournées Festival, the college’s second French film screening, is being sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Culture (CNC) and the McDaniel College Department of Foreign Languages.

The goal, Motard-Noar said, is to give audiences “a more nuanced and complex perception of what’s happening in French cinema, to show it’s quite alive and has many facets.”

For instance, she said, “The first one is an awesome thriller that has won tons of awards. People may not think of French cinema thrillers, but actually the French do thrillers quite well.”

The college’s Department of Foreign Language and Literatures competed with many of the country’s top universities to secure a grant to present the films, which are free and open to the public.

The films, which will be shown in French with English subtitles, are being screened in Decker Auditorium in Lewis Hall of Science as scheduled:

7 p.m. Sept. 2
“Ne Le Dis À Personne (Tell No One)”
Directed by Guillaume Canet, 2006

Pediatrician Alexandre Beck is still mourning the loss of his wife, Margot, the victim of a brutal murder nearly a decade earlier, when the discovery of two bodies near the scene of the crime prompt police to reopen their investigation into her death. Alexandre becomes the primary suspect --- again. The mystery deepens when he receives an anonymous email that includes a link to a video that suggests Margot may be alive but implores him to “tell no one.”

6:30 p.m. Sept. 7
Written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 2007

In this true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in 1970s Iran, Marjane Satrapi chronicles the struggle to reconcile her ideals, wishes and dreams with her love for a country that threatens to stifle it all.

6 p.m. Sept. 15
“Dans Paris (Inside Paris)”
Written and directed by Christophe Honoré, 2006

A deeply depressed Paul grapples with the break-up of his marriage, his mother’s absence and his sister’s death. After a breakdown that sends him back to his father’s house in Paris, Paul confines himself to his brother’s old room and slowly finds reasons to live.

7 p.m. Sept. 18
“Frantz Fanon: Sa Vie, Son Combat, Son Travail (His Life, His Struggle, His Work)”
Written and directed by Cheikh Djemaï, 2004

After his experience with the French Army during World War II, psychiatrist Frantz Fanon gravitated toward radical politics, Sartrean existentialism and the philosophy of black consciousness known as negritude. “Frantz Fanon: Sa Vie, Son Combat, Son Travail (His Life, His Struggle, His Work)” traces his fascinating journey.

5 p.m. Sept. 30
“La Faute à Fidel! (Blame it on Fidel!)”
Directed by Julie Gavras, 2006

Nine-year-old Anna yearns for her formerly simple, orderly and privileged lifestyle as she copes with her parents’ radically shifting political views after her aunt’s husband is killed by Franco police forces and she is forced to move in with Anna’s family.