THE TOURNEES FESTIVAL OF NEW FRENCH CINEMA
The Tournées Festival of New French Cinema will be held from January 6 - February 3, 2012.
For the fourth year, the FSC and France Chicago Center partner to bring a series of contemporary French films to campus. This winter, spend five Friday evenings with the films of innovative directors whose work represents the best of French cinema today.
White Material Friday, January 6, 7pm
A haunting, enigmatic look at the horrors of colonialism’s legacy through the eyes of a coffee-plantation owner (Isabelle Hupert) who is blindly determined to continue her business while civil war rages on around her. (Claire Denis, 2010, France, French with English subtitles, 35mm, 102 min)
Un homme qui crie/A Screaming Man Friday, January 13, 7pm
Writer-director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun creates a tender but unsentimental portrait of present-day Chad, simultaneously unfolding private and national tragedies through the tale of a father, a son and a gleaming swimming pool. (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad/France/Belgium, 2010, French and Arabic with English subtitles, 35mm, 92 min)
Hadewijch Friday, January 20, 7pm
Bruno Dumont’s exceptional film about faith and religious fervor, which takes its title from the name of an isolated 13th-century poet, Hadewijch of Antwerp, profoundly yet calmly explores the relentless pursuit of faith in both Christianity and Islam—and what drives certain believers to acts of extreme violence. (Bruno Dumont, 2009, 35mm, 120 min)
L’Illusioniste/The Illusionist Friday, January 27, 7pm
Sylvain Chomet’s delightful, exquisitely animated film is based on an unproduced script by the French comic genius Jacques Tati, who portrays himself as an aging, itinerant stage magician who can’t compete with a wildly popular proto-Beatles band. (Sylvain Chomet, UK/France, 2010, 35mm, 80 min)
Persepolis Friday, February 3, 7pm_ Full of warmth and surprise, alive with humor and a fierce independence of spirit, Persepolis observes the Islamic Revolution through the eyes of a fearless nine-year-old girl. (Marjane Satrapi, France/US, 2007, English version, 35mm, 96 min)
Film Studies Center
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