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Tournées French Film Festival to begin February 6, 2015

The Tournées French Film Festival is coming to Poughkeepsie with a series of screenings that are free and open to the public every weekend in February beginning February 6.

The Tournées French Film Festival, supported, in part, by the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of New York, brings recent French and francophone cinema to American college campuses. This year, Vassar College’s festival theme is “Love in the 21st Century,” which highlights the many forms of love these films explore: a young couple with a sick child, love in old age, love and family in a new country, and same-sex love. The festival will include such well-known films as Amour, the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, and Blue is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film festival (2013).

The festival is sponsored by the Department of French and Francophone Studies and the Department of Film.

All films will be screened in the Rosenwald Theater in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, and will begin at 6:30pm. Faculty members from Vassar and neighboring colleges will introduce the films and lead post-screening discussionswith the audiences. A detailed schedule is below.

Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund. The festival is also supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.


Tournées French Film Festival: Love in the 21st Century

All films are free and open to the public.


Polisse, Maïwenn  (2/6) (Blu-Ray)

Introduction: Vinay Swamy (Vassar College, Department of French and Francophone Studies)

Respondent: Dawn Fulton (Smith College, French Studies)

Opening Reception

Declaration of War, Valérie Donzelli (2/7) (DVD)

Introduction: Leslie Dunn (Vassar College, Department of English)

Respondent: Susan Trumbetta (Vassar College, Department of Psychology)

Amour, Michael Haneke (2/13) (35mm)

Introduction: Matthew Amos (Bard College, French Studies)

Respondent: Shane Slattery-Quintanilla (Vassar College, Department of Film)

Blue is the Warmest Color, Abdellatif Kechiche (2/20) (Blu-Ray)

Introduction: Patricia Célérier (Vassar College, Department of French and      Francophone Studies)

Respondent: Peter Antelyes (Vassar College, Department of English)

Mauvais Sang, Leos Carax (2/21) (Blu-Ray)

Introduction: Tom Parker (Vassar College, Department of French and             Francophone Studies)

Respondent: Eva Woods (Vassar College, Department of Hispanic Studies)

The Past, Asghar Farhadi (2/27) (35mm)

Introduction : Amitava Kumar (Vassar College, Department of English)

Respondent: Sarah Kozloff (Vassar College, Department of Film)

Closing Reception

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, January 6, 2015