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Southwestern Receives Grant to Host French Film Festival

The French Program at Southwestern University has received an $1,800 grant that will enable it to host a communitywide French Film Festival.

The French Program at Southwestern University has received an $1,800 grant that will enable it to host a communitywide French Film Festival. The festival will feature five recent films depicting life in Paris, France.

Films will be shown Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 12. The films will focus on a range of topics, from the comic aspects of arriving in Paris for the first time to the tensions that can surface against this great city’s beautiful backdrop. Artists’ lives are particularly brought to the fore, along with glimpses of multiethnic youth culture and of the relationships that form as groups of friends cross paths.

The movies to be shown are as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 12 – “Avenue Montaigne.” The charming story of a young girl’s adventures upon her arrival in Paris. Wednesday, Sept. 19 – “Games of Love and Chance.” An award-winning portrayal of an energetic group of suburban teenagers as they prepare for a school play. Wednesday Sept. 26 – “The Case of the Grinning Cat.” A reflection on mysterious urban art paintings from noted cinema-essayist Chris Marker. Wednesday, Oct. 3 – “The Beat That My Heart Skipped.” A stylish neo-noir thriller in which a young underworld figure struggles to break free and become a concert pianist. Wednesday, Oct. 10 – “Not on the Lips.” A lighthearted high-society farce based on a 1920s operetta.

All films will be shown in room 105 of the F.W. Olin Building. They are free and open to the public.

The film festival is being organized by Aaron Prevots, assistant professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Prevots received a grant to show the films from the Tournées Festival, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE).

The program is made possible by support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Grand Marnier Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Franco-American Cultural Fund (SACEM, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association), Highbrow Entertainment and Agnès B. “We are excited about this opportunity to expose the local community to another culture through a wide range of stories and film genres,” Prevots said.

For more information on the festival, including descriptions of each film, visit www.southwestern.edu/~prevots/tournees/.