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APSU a hosting site for Spring 2015 International Francophone Film Festival

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Throughout the months of February and March, Austin Peay State University will be hosting the Spring 2015 International Francophone Film Festival. A part of the 2015 Tournées Film Festival, six internationally acclaimed French films will be screened on campus, beginning February 25.

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Throughout the months of February and March, Austin Peay State University will be hosting the Spring 2015 International Francophone Film Festival. A part of the 2015 Tournées Film Festival, six internationally acclaimed French films will be screened on campus, beginning February 25.

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses.

The films that will be screened at APSU include:

 

Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.

“The Past” (Le passé) by Asghar Farhadi

In a working-class suburb of Paris, Marie (Bérénice Bejo) lives with her two daughters and the young son of her boyfriend Samir, whom she hopes to marry soon. But before the couple can even consider wedding plans, Marie must finalize her divorce from her estranged husband Ahmad, who flies into Paris from Tehran for the court procedure.

(Room: Clement Auditorium)

 

Friday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.

“The Attack” (L'attentat) by Ziad Doueiri

The film tracks the growing disillusion of Amin Jaafari, a highly successful Palestinian surgeon who lives and works in Tel Aviv. After a suicide bombing which leaves the physician valiantly struggling to save lives at the hospital where he works, Israeli police tell Amin that his wife was likely the jihadist responsible for the carnage.

(Room: UC 307)

 

Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m.

“Bastards” (Les salauds) by Claire Denis

This scalding examination of the abuse of power and the sin of looking the other way is inspired by William Faulkner’s 1931 novel “Sanctuary” and the Sadean sex parties attended by Dominique Strauss-Kahn and other French higher-ups. Bastards centers on a revenge plot that begins tenuously but grows only more inexorable.

(Room: UC 303)

 

Wednesday, March 18 at 5 p.m.

“Grisgris” by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

In a disco in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, Souleymane, a man with a paralyzed leg nicknamed “Grigris” dazzles the crowd with his spectacular dance moves.

(Room: Clement Auditorium)

 

Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

“The Missing Picture” (L'image manquante) by Rithy Panh

On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge seized Cambodia’s capital city and Pol Pot began his genocidal regime. Ingeniously using carved and painted figures to represent himself and his family, Rithy Pang recounts the story of legions of Cambodians and their relentless suffering during the Khmer Rouge’s horrific four-year reign.

(Room: UC 307)

 

Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00p.m.

“Grande illusion” (La grande illusion) by Jean Renoir

This masterwork by Jean Renoir, shot just three years before the beginning of World War II, examines the relationships that form among a group of French officers held in a German prisoner of war camp.

(Room: WND Afriacan American Cultural Center)

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Christophe Konkobo at konkoboc@apsu.edu or Dr. Karen Sorenson at atsorensonk@apsu.edu.

The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.