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From dramas to animation to romance, five French language films will be shown during Beloit College’s annual Tournées Festival running Fridays from March 21 – April 18. Each film will start at 7 p.m. and take place in Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall. The screenings are free and open to the public.
The films are as follows:
March 21: AMOUR (2012) – Drama
DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke
RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes
A staggering, profound examination of love, this Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film centers on Georges and Anne, long-married octogenarians who still take great delight in each other. Their bonds will be tested, however, as Anne grows increasingly debilitated, both mentally and physically. In depicting what has rarely been shown onscreen before—two elderly people struggling to maintain their dignity in the face of the unremitting cruelties of aging—director Michael Haneke brilliantly shows that the greatest crucible of life’s final chapter is figuring out how to best honor the past.
March 28: COULEUR DE PEAU: MIEL (2012) – Animation
Approved for Adoption
DIRECTORS: Laurent Boileau, Jung
RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes
RATING: Not rated
An enchanting hybrid of animation and live-action, this adaptation of co-director Jung’s autobiographical graphic novel recounts his childhood and adolescence after a Belgian couple adopts him from a South Korean orphanage in the early 1970s. Interspersed throughout the animated sequences of this lively character’s youth is footage of the real Jung, now in his 40s, in his native country, trying to learn more about his past. Approved for Adoption poignantly traces one man’s interrogation of ethnicity and culture. During this memorable quest, Jung learns to redefine “home”—and, in the process, discovers the seeds of his many talents.
April 4: LES ADIEUX À LA REINE (2012) – Drama
Farewell, My Queen
DIRECTOR: Benoît Jacquot
RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes
Benoît Jacquot’s nimble, lush adaptation of Chantal Thomas’s 2003 novel portrays Versailles on the eve of the 1789 revolution as told through the eyes of Sidonie, the besotted reader to Marie Antoinette. Compressed to four tumultuous days, the film follows Sidonie as she tries to make sense of the rumors spreading in the royal palace. Rendered blind to the queen’s caprice by love, Sidonie both thrills under her affections and seethes with jealousy for the queen’s prized pet, Gabrielle de Polignac, giving rise to the discreet yet heated passion that unfolds in Farewell, My Queen.
April 11: LA PIROGUE (2012) – Drama
DIRECTOR: Moussa Touré
RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes
RATING: Not rated
Moussa Touré’s trenchant chronicle of a sea trek from West Africa to Europe lays bare the incalculable perils of immigration, as veteran fisherman Baye Laye reluctantly agrees to be the captain of the long, narrow canoe of the title. Illegally transporting roughly 30 people from Dakar, Senegal, to Spain, the pirogue’s passengers each hope to start anew in the West and escape the grim economic realities at home. Unlike most films about immigration, The Pirogue refuses to speak in hazy ideologies: it presents the brutal realities that millions worldwide face in the effort to leave one land for another.
April 18: DE ROUILLE ET D’OS (2012) – Drama, Romance
Rust and Bone
DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard
RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes
RATING: Not rated
This invigorating melodrama from Jacques Audiard centers on the explosive chemistry of two damaged souls: the beefy, penniless Ali, who has traveled south to Antibes with his young son in the hopes of starting a new life, and Stéphanie, a whale trainer who becomes a double amputee after a freak accident at the marine mammal park where she works. We witness the evolution of their tumultuous relationship that, despite (or because of) their many differences and the obstacles they face, results in nothing less than a great love story.
The Tournées Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée. Funding is provided by the Florence Gould Foundation, CampusFrance USA and highbrow entertainment.