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French film festival to kick off March 21

Thursday, March 6, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

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:

AmourMarch 21: AMOUR (2012) – Drama

Amour

DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke

RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes

RATING: PG-13

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.


 

Approved for AdoptionMarch 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.


 

Farewell My QueenApril 4: LES ADIEUX À LA REINE (2012) – Drama

Farewell, My Queen

DIRECTOR: Benoît Jacquot

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

RATING: R

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.


 

The PirogueApril 11: LA PIROGUE (2012) – Drama

The Pirogue

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.


 

Rust and BoneApril 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.