French Film Festival at Carleton

Tournées FestivalTornees Film Festival

Carleton College hosts The Tournées Festival, a festival of new French films, April 6-22, 2015. Six French films will be shown at Carleton's Weitz Center Cinema to celebrate French cinema and culture. The festival is open to the public.

Carleton is one of 30 colleges and universities nationwide selected to receive a grant to participate in this year’s Tournées Festival. The festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The program distributes close to $200,000 in grants annually to encourage colleges and universities to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals.

Now in its 19th year, The Tournées Festival offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. The films span generational and geographic borders, offer a range of genres and subjects, and showcase innovations in both style and storytelling.

 La Vénus à la FourrureLa Venus a la Fourrure

dir. Roman Polanski, 2013,  96 mn

Monday, April 6
Weitz Center Cinema

Alone in a Parisian theatre after a day of auditioning actresses for the lead character, Wanda vonDunayev, Thomas laments on the phone of the poor performances to come through. As he is preparing to leave the theatre, an actress named Vanda arrives disheveled. In a whirlwind of energy and unrestrained aggression, Vanda convinces the director to let her read the part. To Thomas’s amazement, Vanda shows great understanding of the character and knows every line by heart.  As the audition progresses, the intensity is redoubled and the attraction of Thomas turns into obsession.


dir. Mahamat Saleh Haroun, 2013, 101mn

Wednesday, April 8
Weitz Center Cinema

Starring Soulémane Démé, Mariam Monory, Cyril Guei and Marious Yelolo.  It is about a 25-year-old man with a paralysed leg who dreams of becoming a dancer, and starts to work for a gang of petrol smugglers.

La Grande IllusionLa Grande Illusion

dir. Jean Renoir, 1937, 114mn

Monday, April 13
Weitz Center Cinema

French war film directed by Jean Renoir.  The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French officers who are prisoners of war during World War I and are plotting an escape.  The perspective of the film is generously humanistic to its characters of various nationalities.  It is regarded by critics and film historians as one of the masterpieces of French cinema and among the greatest films ever made.

Le Passéle passe

dir. Asghar Farhadi, 2013, 130mn

Wednesday, April 15
Weitz Center Cinema

French-Italian-Iranian drama film, written and directed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.  Coming back to finalize his divorce procedure, Ahmad, an Iranian man, arrives in France after four years to meet his (soon-to-be) ex-wife Marie and her daughters from her previous marriage. She is in a relationship with an Arab man named Samir who has a son and whose wife is in a coma. The relationship between Marie and her older daughter, Lucie is strained because Lucie disapproves of her mother’s relationship with Samir.

La Dansela danse

dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2009, 159mn

Monday, April 20
Weitz Center Cinema

French documentary film directed by Frederick Wieseman. Besides aiming to reveal “how the company functions as an organic whole”, the film follows the production of seven ballets by the Paris Opera Ballet.

Couleur de peau: Miel

couleur de peau: mieldir.  Laurent Bóileau, Jung

Wednesday, April 22
Weitz Center Cinema

This French-Belgian film uses animation to adapt Jung’s graphic-novel memoir of his formative years.  Comic-book artist Jung returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned at the age of 5.