French Film Series includes screenings and discussion

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August 28, 2012

McDaniel College will hold its annual French film series during the month of September, showing five films with post-screening discussions by Cinema, Sociology and Political Science faculty. 

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.

McDaniel is one of 34 American colleges and universities selected this year to participate in the Tournées Festival, a program that gives grants to academic institutions to organize campus showings of contemporary French films.

The Festival is a program of the French American Cultural Exchange in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. This year, the Festival will partner with CampusFrance, the organization in charge of promoting studies in French universities, in order to educate professors and students on the study programs available in France.

Among the colleges selected to participate are Duke University, Franklin and Marshall College, Lafayette College, University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University. For a full list of participating colleges and other information visit


French Film Series includes screenings and discussion
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” follows the expedition into Chauvet Cave in southern France and the ancient art found there.


6:30 p.m. Sept. 6, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
Post-screening discussion led by Jonathan Slade, Cinema professor

This 3D documentary by German filmmaker Werner Herzog follows his expedition to the Chauvet Cave in southern France. Discovered in 1994, the cave is home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. In English and French, with English subtitles. (2010, 90 minutes, rated G)

5:30 p.m. Sept. 10, “The Kid with a Bike”
Post-screening discussion led by Richard Brett, Cinema professor

Written and directed by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, this acclaimed drama tells the story of a preteen boy who is abandoned by his father and fostered by a local hairdresser. In French, with English subtitles. (2012, 1 hour, 27 minutes, rated PG-13)

5:30 p.m. Sept. 15, “Tomboy”
Post-screening discussion led by Sara Raley, Sociology professor

Telling the story of a 10-year-old girl who wants to be a boy, this is the second feature film written and directed by French filmmaker Céline Sciamma. In French, with English subtitles. (2011, 1 hour, 22 minutes, not rated)

6:30 p.m. Sept. 23, “Free Men”
Post-screening discussion led by Anouar Boukhars, Political Science and International Studies professor

Directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi, this drama tells a little known story about the French resistance. Set in German-occupied Paris during World War II, the film is about a young unemployed Algerian named Younes who earns his living as a black marketer. He signs up as an informant when the Nazis catch him with stolen goods and spies on a Paris Mosque, then switches his allegiances when he discovers that an imam there is hiding and protecting Jews. In French, with English subtitles. (2011, 99 minutes, not rated)

6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, “A Cat in Paris”
Post-screening discussion led by Martine Motard-Noar, French professor

This 2012 Academy Award® nominated animated comedy about a cat that leads a double life is directed by the French animation team of Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol. By day, the cat, Dino, lives with Zoé, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. At night, he is the accomplice to a Parisian cat burglar named Nico. In English. (2011, 1 hour, 5 minutes, rated PG)

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