French film festival returns to the Hill

August 29, 2011

McDaniel College is one of 43 American universities selected this year to participate in the Tournées Festival, a program that gives grants to academic institutions to organize a campus showing of contemporary French films.

The program, a collaboration between the French American Cultural Exchange and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, is sponsored by the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, the Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment. Among other colleges selected to participate are Auburn University, Duke University, Franklin and Marshall College, Lafayette College, University of Notre Dame, University of Oregon and Vanderbilt University.

“A number of members in the audience tell me every year that for them, watching a movie made by an African movie director was a first. And others have laughingly admitted that now they know that French movies are not necessarily about love or suicide!” said Martine Motard-Noar, professor of French, explaining that this is the fourth time McDaniel College has been selected to participate.

The films will be screened in Decker Auditorium in Lewis Hall of Science, with post-screening discussions by various faculty members. All films are free and open to the public.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 “Of Gods and Men,” Rated R
In 1996 in the Algerian mountains, caught between a military government and extremist guerillas, a group of monks face the decision of their lives.  Post-screening discussion by faculty Greg Alles, professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies; Anouar Boukhars, assistant professor of Political Science and International Studies; and Jill Krebs, adjunct lecturer of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 “The Illusionist,” Rated PG
An outdated, aging magician is forced to wander from country to country and crosses paths with a young girl at the start of her life’s journey. Post-screening discussion by faculty: Richard Brett, assistant professor of Communication and Cinema.

7 p.m. Sept. 15 “A Screaming Man,” Unrated
In present-day Chad, a country in the throes of civil war, a 60-year-old man is forced to give up his job when the hotel he works at is taken over by Chinese buyers. Post-screening discussion by faculty: Debora Johnson-Ross, associate professor of Political Science and International Studies.

4 p.m. Sept. 19 “Nénette,” Unrated
Born in the jungles of Borneo, Nénette is a 40-year-old orangutan, and the oldest and most beloved inhabitant at the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Post-screening discussion by faculty: Vera Jakoby, associate professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

6 p.m. Sept. 25 “A Prophet,” Rated R
A 19-year-old who cannot read or write is condemned to six years in jail and forced to carry out missions for the gang ruling the prison. Post-screening discussion by faculty: Naïma Hachad. assistant professor of French.