The Department of French at Connecticut College presents the tenth annual Tournées Contemporary French Film Festival from Oct. 23-27, 2017.

All showings take place in Blaustein Humanities Building, Room 210, in central campus, and are free and open to the public. (Please note: there are two showings on Tuesday, Oct. 24.)  See directions to the College and the campus map.

Contact James Austin, jfaus@conncoll.edu, associate professor of French, for more information. Austin lectures frequently on Proust and on film in the United States and internationally. He is also an associate faculty member in the Film Studies program.

The Death of Louis XIV - La mort de Louis XIV image from the film

"La mort de Louis XIV" ("The Death of Louis XIV")

Monday, Oct. 23

Film screening: 7 p.m.

"After rising to the top of the festival circuit with astonishing retellings of Don Quixote, the Nativity, and the life of Casanova, the unpredictable Catalan auteur Albert Serra takes on two icons at once: the Sun King and the celebrated French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud. By offering the role of Louis XIV to the man who played Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows and its sequels, as well as starring in epochal modernist films by Godard and Pasolini, Serra has given film lovers the opportunity to once more marvel at the unmatched talent of a performer whose every gesture and intonation seems a work of poetry. . ." More about "La mort de Louis XIV."

image from “La noire de” (“The Black Girl”)

“La noire de” (“Black Girl”)

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Film screening: 4:15 p.m.

"The first film by Senegalese master Ousmane Sembène and the first feature produced in sub-Saharan Africa, Black Girl is the story of Diouana, an illiterate nursemaid from Dakar who follows her French employers to the Côte d’Azur with dreams of discovering France. But once in Antibes, she finds herself enslaved, trapped in the couple’s well-appointed holiday apartment and on the receiving end of their domestic frustrations. Her ensuing rebellion is both a desperate act and one of the great cries of cinematic outrage. . ." More about “La noire de.”

image from “Voir du Pays”  (“The Stopover”)

“Voir du Pays” (“The Stopover”)

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Film screening: 7 p.m.

"The second feature by the sisters Muriel and Delphine Coulin confirms their talent for striking images by beginning with incongruous shots of camouflaged soldiers in the Greek vacation paradise of Cyprus: a French military unit has just arrived on the island for a three-day 'decompression' stay in a five-star hotel before it heads home to France from Afghanistan. . ." More about “Voir du Pays.”

image from  “Quan on a 17 ans” (“On Being 17”)

“Quan on a 17 ans” (“Being 17”)

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Film screening: 7 p.m.

"With Being 17, the great French writer-director André Téchiné returns to the subject matter of his masterpiece Wild Reeds, a 1994 feature about the sexual awakening of a handful of teenagers in the rural southwest of France during the Algerian war, and a landmark in the representation of gay youth in French cinema. In this new film, the time is the present and the setting the majestic landscape of the Pyrenees. . ." More about “Quan on a 17 ans.”

image from “A peine j’ouvre mes yeux” (“As I Open my Eyes”) by Kino Lorber

“A peine j’ouvre mes yeux” (“As I Open my Eyes”)

Thursday, Oct. 26

Film screening: 7 p.m.

"Tunis, 2010. Fresh out of high school, eighteen-year-old Farah is butting heads with her mother over her all-night, beer-fueled outings with a new boyfriend and her refusal to enroll at medical school so she can pursue her dream of singing in a band. All this would be chalked up to growing pains if the setting were not Tunisia in the last months of the Ben Ali dictatorship and Farah’s irrepressible thirst for life and justice did not come out in politically charged concerts that draw the attention of the country’s notoriously corrupt authorities. . ." More about “A peine j’ouvre mes yeux.”

image from  “Avril et le monde truque” (“April and the Extraordinary World”)

“Avril et le monde truque” (“April and the Extraordinary World”)

Friday, Oct. 27

Film screening: 7 p.m.
Closing reception follows.

"Based on the unmistakable blend of urban grit and historical fantasy found in the drawings of Jacques Tardi, one of France’s most influential graphic novelists of the last half century, April and the Extraordinary World is not only an engrossing, wildly imaginative entertainment for the whole family but a slyly feminist statement, an ode to science, and an earnest plea for world peace. It is also one of the finest showcases for the visionary work being done in contemporary French animation. . ." More about “Avril et le monde truque.”