Tournées French Film Festival Comes to Manhattan, March 21-28

The College will sponsor the second annual Tournées French Film Festival from March 21-28, and the festival will open with the film Potiche by François Ozon on Wednesday, March 21.

Manhattan College will sponsor the second annual Tournées French Film Festival with an opening reception on Wednesday, March 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Hayden Hall. The theme of the festival this year is The Art of Communication, and all are welcome to attend the weeklong event sponsored by the school of arts in conjunction with the modern languages and literatures, English, fine arts, peace studies, philosophy and sociology departments.

The festival will open with the film Potiche by François Ozon, followed by A Prophet by Jacques Audiard, Of Gods and Men by Xavier Beauvois, The Illusionist by Sylvain Chomet, and Certified Copy by Abbas Kiarostami. A full film schedule and descriptions are listed below, and all screenings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Hayden Hall, room 100. Faculty on the organizing committee will introduce the films and conduct a discussion after each showing.

The organizing committee consists of faculty from a variety of disciplines at Manhattan College: Samira Hassa, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern languages and literatures (French); Evelyn Scaramella, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern languages and literatures (Spanish); Sarah Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy; Margaret Toth, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; and Nevart Wanger, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures (French).

Film Schedule:

o Wednesday, March 21: Reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by Potiche, which translates to trophy wife by director François Ozon. Catherine Deneuve, known as the queen of French cinema, brings her comedic timing to this role as the film explores feminism on personal and political levels.

o Thursday, March 22: A Prophet by director Jacques Audiard, who is sometimes referred to as the French Martin Scorsese. The film examines prison life through Tahar Rahim’s poignant portrayal of Malik.

o Monday, March 26: Of Gods and Men by director Xavier Beauvois portrays a real incident from 1996 involving Trappist monks in Algeria. The film touches on the questions of faith and doubt as the monks’ story unfolds.

o Tuesday, March 27: The Illusionist by director Sylvain Chomet is an animated film following Chomet’s The Triplets of Belleville (2003). Written by comic Jacques Tati, the film offers a lovely message about how people can communicate nonverbally.

o Wednesday, March 28: Certified Copy by director Abbas Kiarostami, an acclaimed Iranian director, brings his first film to the West with a story that explores relationships through romance. Set in Tuscany, Certified Copy promises to make you ponder what is real and what is fake in relationships.

Tournées is a program within the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), and the festival is made possible with the generous support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. The Florence Gould Foundation, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Highbrow Entertainment and Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'image animée also sponsor the FACE program. 

For more information, please visit http://www.facecouncil.org/tournees/ or contact Samira Hassa by phone at (718) 862-7917 or email samira.hassa@manhattan.edu.