The French section of the Department of Classical & Modern Languages,
The 2013 Tournées
January 31 – March 1
FREE and open to the public
The Princess of Montpensier [La Princesse de Montpensier] by Bertrand Tavernier
Thursday, January 31 – 5 pm (*) & 8 pm
Friday, February 1 – 2 pm
(*) Post-screening discussion led by Wendy Yoder (French professor, President of Alliance Française de Louisville)
Le Havre [Le Havre] by Aki Kaurismäki
Thursday, February 7 – 5 pm (*) & 8 pm
Friday, February 8 – 5 pm [NOTE: Special Time]
(*) Post-screening discussion led by Tracy Heightchew (President of Louisville Film Society)
A wonderful celebration of France’s national motto—liberty, equality, fraternity—Le Havre is also something of a paean to World War II Resistance dramas. Le Havre centers on Marcel Marx, a once-famous Parisian writer now making his living shining shoes in the northern port town of the title. Marcel divides his time between drinking with his neighbors at the local bar and caring for his ill wife, Arletty. But he soon serves a much nobler purpose when he comes to the aid of Idrissa, a young illegal immigrant from Gabon.
Thursday, February 14 – 5 pm (*) & 8 pm
Friday, February 15 – 2 pm
(*) Post-screening discussion led by Matthieu Dalle (French professor)
Besotted teenagers Sullivan and Camille struggle, as all couples must, with a painful push-pull dynamic, heightened by the decision of the young man—who’s not quite ready to commit—to leave Paris and travel in South America. As a heartbroken 15-year-old, Camille spirals into a paralyzing depression; gradually she grows stronger, discovering an avid interest in architecture, which she studies with an older professor who becomes her lover.
Outside Satan [Hors Satan] by Bruno Dumont
Thursday, February 21 – 5 pm (*) & 8 pm
Friday, February 22 – 2 pm
(*) Post-screening discussion led by Andrew Cooper (Professor of Film and Digital Media)
A mysterious poacher—who may be the Devil, an avenging angel, or perhaps Christ himself—is the central figure of Bruno Dumont’s transcendent look at sinners and saints. Possessed with supernatural powers, he engages in several near-wordless rituals, committing mostly acts of beneficence. But he’s also capable of carrying out horrific violence. Deliberately ambiguous, Outside Satan asks us to consider the repercussions of evil committed in the name of good and vice versa.
Thursday, February 28 – 5 pm (*) & 8 pm
Friday, March 1 – 2 pm
(*) Post-screening discussion led by Kaila Story (Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Pan-African Studies)
A sensitive portrait of childhood just before pubescence, Tomboy astutely explores the freedom of being untethered to the rule-bound world of gender codes. Laure, a gangly, short-haired kid about to go into fourth grade has just moved to a suburban apartment complex with her family a few weeks before the school year starts. The clan’s relocation provides Laure an opportunity for re-invention. Childhood, the film intimates, is full of ambiguities, of sorting out what you are drawn to and what repels you.
For more information, please contact Dr. Matthieu Dalle, PhD, m.dalle (@) louisville.edu, (502) 852-6115
The Tournées Festival is made possible with the generous support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, the Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France, and Highbrow Entertainment.