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Carleton College’s Tournées Film Festival Presents François Ozon’s Comedy, “Potiche”

October 9, 2011

Carleton College continues its inaugural Tournées French Film Festival with a public screening of François Ozon’s hilarious comedy, “Potiche,” on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles and Carleton College faculty members will provide a brief introduction prior to the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

“Potiche” (2010, Rated-R), set in 1977 in a provincial French town, is a free adaptation of the 1970s hit comic play of the same name. Catherine Deneuve stars as Suzanne Pujol, a housebound “trophy wife” (or “potiche”), who steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her husband (Fabrice Luchini) after the workers go on strike. To everyone’s surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. Gérard Depardieu plays a former union leader and Suzanne’s ex-beau who still holds a flame for her. Acclaimed writer-director Ozon (“Swimming Pool,” “Under the Sand”), who previously directed Ms. Deneuve in the international hit “8 Women,” twists the original play on its head to create his own satirical and hilarious take on the war between the sexes and classes. More information and a trailer for the film can be found at

The Tournées Festival at Carleton College offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. This year’s festival concludes with “Un Secret (A Secret)” (2007, directed by Claude Miller) on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema.

The Tournées Festival at Carleton College is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). Support is also provided by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Grand Marnier Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and highbrow entertainment.

This event is presented by the Carleton College Department of French and Francophone Studies. For further programming information or inquiries regarding The Tournées French Film Festival, contact Dana Strand at (507) 222-4126. The Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 North Third Street in Northfield. For additional information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4389 or visit online at