2018 Tournées French Film Festival
University of Louisville
Floyd Theater, Student Activities Center – 2100 South Floyd Street
February 1- March 2, 2018
Free and Open to the Public – All Films in French with English Subtitles
The 2018 University of Louisville Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, the Florence Gould Foundation, Highbrow Entertainment, the Speed Art Museum Cinema, Ms. Nancy Brown, and the following UofL partners: Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Student Activities Board, Film Liberation Unit, LGBT Center.
Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre)
Clément Cogitore (2015 / 100 min.)
Thursday February 1, 5 pm [*] and 8 pm
Friday February 2, 2 pm
In collaboration with UofL’s Film Liberation Unit
[*] Introduction and post-screening discussion with Nathan Viner, Film Liberation Unit
When French soldiers stationed at a remote outpost in Afghanistan begin vanishing without a trace, their commander Captain Antarès Bonassieu (Jérémie Renier) assumes that enemy troops are responsible. Then he learns that the Taliban are also disappearing and realizes he may be facing the most invisible of enemies. A combination psychological thriller and ghost story, Neither Heaven Nor Earth reminds us that this is a part of the world where the terrain may hold mysteries older than time itself.
Philippe Faucon (2015 / 79 min.)
Thursday February 8, 5 pm [*] and 8 pm
Friday February 9, 2 pm
[*] Introduction and post-screening discussion with Wendy Yoder, Department of Classical and Modern Languages
Fatima is a middle-aged, divorced Algerian woman living in a French suburb, cleaning houses and offices from dawn to dusk to provide her spirited teenage daughters with a better future. It takes a workplace accident for Fatima to finally pay attention to her own needs and discover a powerful means of expressing them through poetry. Faucon deftly presents a story of everyday racism, illiteracy, and the clash between traditional, older immigrant generations and their assimilating children.
Latest News from the Cosmos (Dernières Nouvelles du cosmos)
Julie Bertuccelli (2016 / 89 min.)
Thursday February 15, 5 pm [*] and 8 pm
Friday February 16, 2 pm
[*] Introduction and post-screening discussion with Stephen Roszell, family medicine, Norton Community Medical Associates and Mary Bouldin, psychiatry, LifeSpring Health Systems
For most of her life, Hélène, an autistic child who lived with her parents in rural France, did not communicate. And then, at the age of 21-with no formal schooling and never taught to read or write-she did. By arranging laminated alphabet letters, Hélène created words, then phrases and finally a book, one letter at a time. Director Julie Bertuccelli prompts us to contemplate the nature of creativity and communication and the hidden potential in humans of all abilities.
This is Our Land (Chez nous) – NATIONAL PREMIERE
Lucas Belvaux (2017 / 114 min.)
Thursday February 22, 5 pm [*] and 8 pm
Friday February 23, 2 pm
[*] Introduction and post-screening discussion with Matthieu Dalle, Department of Classical and Modern Languages
An attractive working-class single mother naively agrees to run for mayor, representing the ultra-conservative Patriotic Bloc. With the help of the town’s esteemed physician, the Populists’ rhetoric seizes control of the minds of the electorate. Catherine Jacob plays the blonde-bobbed leader who never met an angry crowd she couldn’t make angrier. In a premiere performance here ahead of the film’s April 18 national release, This is Our Land is a thought-provoking story of the right-wing populist surge in France and around the world.
Summertime (La Belle Saison)
Catherine Corsini (2015 / 105 min.)
Thursday March 1, 5 pm [*] and 8 pm
Friday March 2, 2 pm
In collaboration with UofL’s LGBT Center
[*] Introduction and post-screening discussion with Elizabeth Miller, UofL French MA graduate
Carole and Delphine fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. After living in the city, Delphine is called home to help with her family farm in the countryside and is forced to choose between her responsibility to them and the life of love she had in Paris with Carole. An enlightening tale about the infatuation of first love and its universal themes.
The 2018 UofL Tournées French Film Festival includes two additional films, which will be shown at the Speed Art Museum Cinema:
Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la bête)
Jean Cocteau (1946 / 96 min.)
Sunday February 11, 1 pm
Introduction and post-screening discussion with John Greene, Department of Classical and Modern Languages
Louise by the Shore (Louise en hiver)
Jean-Francois Laguionie (2016 / 75 min.)
Sunday February 25, 1 pm
Introduction and post-screening discussion with Daniela Arias Ordonez, Louisville Children’s Film Festival