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French Film Festival Nov. 6 - 10

PLATTSBURGH, NY __In celebration of National French Week, The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, in collaboration with the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), presents the Tournees Festival, Monday - Friday, Nov. 6 - 10.

"This is a way we can promote French culture in an interesting way to students," said Dr. Marie Cusson, assistant professor of foreign languages and literature. "These are mainstream award-winning French films that are not easily available in local video stores. They will provide students and community members alike a different experience of French culture."

The festival at SUNY Plattsburgh was made possible through a grant from FACE, with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Le Centre National de la Cinematographie, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

"Our desire to bring the Tournees Festival to campus stems from our conviction that cinema provides an essential and dynamic complement to the French language, literature and civilization courses taught at SUNY Plattsburgh," said Cusson.  "The festival promotes a renewed sensibility to the unifying and differing elements of French and American artistic, aesthetic, historical, social and linguistic expressions. We're very happy that this festival of films was available to us through FACE."

For more information on the Tournees Festival at SUNY Plattsburgh, contact Dr. Marie Cusson at 518-564-3831.


The Tournees Festival at SUNY Plattsburgh will feature the following French films:

Monday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m., 200 Yokum Hall
La Petite Jerusalem (Little Jerusalem), directed by Karin Albou
The film depicts the intimate lives of two women while raising questions of religious interpretation, freedom, sexuality and family relationships.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., 200 Yokum Hall
La Face Cache de la Lune (Far Side of the Moon), directed by Robert Lepage
Estranged brothers relive childhood disputes as they dispose the belongings of their recently deceased mother. This captivating cinematic journey probes issues of competition and reconciliation while searching for meaning in the universe.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m., 200 Yokum Hall
L'Enfant (The Child), directed by Jean-Pieere and Luc Dardenne
This film depicts the social drama lived by a young couple where the father is hiding his project from the young mother, sells their newborn baby to the black market.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., 200 Yokum Hall
Comme Une Image (Look At Me), directed by Agnes Jaoui
Lolita, a stocky dark-haired young woman, wants to become a singer in a world ruled by skinny blonds. The film paints a vibrant portrait of the Parisian social whirl, but one which doesn't gloss over the undercurrent of backbiting and backstabbing that flows just beneath the glittering surface.

Friday, Nov. 10
Le Chignon d'Olga (Olga's Chignon), directed by Jerome Bonnell
Julian and his sister, Emma, lost their mother and live with the pain of her death. After an unsuccessful attempt to seduce a woman, Julian finds along with his childhood friend that they have deep feelings for each other.

For more information on these films, visit the FACE Website at: www.facecouncil.org/tournees
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