The films, which all feature English subtitles, include the latest masterwork by the Dardenne brothers, a stunning animated film by Michel Ocelot, the festival’s first French Canadian movie, a delightful romantic comedy and a charming story about a culture clash when a group of exiled Spanish maids change the life of a French businessman.With a two-story digital-tile screen, multiple-speaker surround sound and stadium-style seating, the Rieveschl Digitorium offers one of the finest movie-viewing facilities in the region.
The Tournées program is sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange, which provides grant money for colleges and universities to host film festivals showcasing some of the best of recent French cinema. In 2010, the NKU Cinema Studies Program partnered with the departments of English and world languages and literatures to make NKU the first school in the region to host the Tournées.
“We have once again chosen five exciting films that represent the diversity of modern French and French-language film, all being shown in our state-of-the-art Digitorium,” said NKU Cinema Studies Director Dr. John Alberti. “This year we are especially excited to feature another animated masterpiece from Michel Ocelot, two wonderful comedies, our first movie from Quebec and the latest triumph from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers. We invite all film lovers to our campus to celebrate the continuing vitality and excitement of French-language cinema.”
2013 Tournées Film Festival Schedule
March 21: Les Contes de la Nuit (Tales of the Night), Michel Ocelot; 84 minutes (2011)
The esteemed animator Michel Ocelot – best known for Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) and Azur and Asmar (2006), a 2010 Festival favorite – returns with Tales of the Night. This collection of six marvelous, visually bold fairy tales is rendered in a “shadow puppet style” with silhouetted characters set against gorgeously colored, Day-Glo backgrounds. These stories span the globe and historical eras, taking place in the Caribbean, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, Africa, and Tibet
March 28: Les Émotifs Anonymes (Romantics Anonymous), Jean-Pierre Améris; 80 minutes (2010)
Angélique is a supremely gifted chocolatier, but she’s so self-effacing that any compliment sends her into great distress. Jean-René, the owner of the Chocolate Mill, is so uncomfortable around others that he’s afraid to answer his own telephone. Neither suspects that the other suffers from the same ailment – a predicament leading to very funny results during their first date. Will they overcome their social fears?
April 4: Curling, Denis Côté; 92 minutes (2010)
Côté’s singular fifth film is set in a bleak, rural town in Quebec and focuses on the odd, touching relationship between Jean-François and his 12-year-old daughter, Julyvonne. Confined to the house by her pathologically overprotective father, Julyvonn keeps herself occupied by reading and occasionally talking to the corpses she finds in the woods near her home. After the arrival of Isabelle, their relationship will take another direction.
April 11: Les Femmes Du 6Ème Ètage (The Women on the 6th Floor), Philippe Le Guay; 104 minutes (2010)
Set in 1962, The Women on the 6th Floor centers on the transformation of third-generation stockbroker Jean-Louis, husband of a brittle, insecure woman from the provinces and father of two boarding-school brats. The self-centered businessman starts to discover his altruistic side after the arrival of the new Spanish maid María, who stirs deep compassion in Jean-Louis with her stories of working 15 hours a day as a teenager at a tobacco factory back home during Franco’s regime.
April 18: Le Gamin Au Vélo (The Kid with a Bike), Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne; 87 minutes (2011)
Featured on 10 best lists around the world, this sublime tale of love and redemption begins with an 11-year-old boy in frantic, desperate motion. Refusing to acknowledge that he’s been abandoned by his father, Cyril escapes the children’s home where he’s been living. As the authorities from the children’s home catch up with him, Cyril, refusing to return, tightly grips a total stranger, a woman named Samantha, who will prove to be the heartbroken boy’s savior.
Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation and highbrow entertainment. Additional sponsors include the NKU Department of English, Department of World Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences, and Cincinnati World Cinema.
Admission to each of the films is free to students and anyone with an NKU ID and just $5 for the general public. Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by an NKU faculty member. Advanced tickets can be purchased by contacting Tiffany Budd in the NKU Department of World Languages and Literatures at (859) 572-7650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.