French Film Festival - Spring 2014
- Presented by: The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Stetson University
- Dates: March 12 through April 3; screenings begin at 7 p.m.
- Location: The Language Commons, Sampson Hall room 129 (unless otherwise noted)
- Cost: Free admission for students and faculty, $5 general public
- Presented in collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies, the Office of Interfaith Initiatives, the Division of Creative Arts and the Department of Education.
Wednesday, March 12 (Elizabeth Hall room 315)
Le chat du rabbin/The Rabbi's Cat
Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar 2011 (France) 76 min.
Post-screening panel discussion with Rabbi Barry Altman, Department of Religious Studies, Lindsey Graves, Assistant Director of Interfaith Initiatives, and Zineddine Saoula, Fulbright Lecturer in Arabic
Wryly philosophical, beautifully drawn, and meticulously detailed, this animated film based on co-director Joann Sfar's popular comic-book series takes place during the ‘20s and '30s in Algiers, where said cat is preparing for his bar mitzvah. Having previously devoured his master's parrot, the remarkable, if hairless and giant-eared, feline at the center of the film now has the power of speech, which he uses, as a devout soul should, to constantly question and probe his faith during his and his master's voyage to Ethiopia.
Tuesday, March 18
La Fée/The Fairy
Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, 2011 (France/Belgium) 93 min.
Post-screening discussion with Yves-Antoine Clemmen, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Alan Ware, Athens Theater
This wonderful homage to the physical comedy and slapstick of earlier movie eras kicks off when Dom, a mild-mannered hotel clerk in Le Havre, is visited by Fiona, a redheaded woman who claims to be a fairy. She fulfills two of the night porter's wishes: a scooter and a perpetual supply of gasoline. But does Fiona really have supernatural powers, or is this spritely lady certifiably insane? As Dom tries to come up with his final wish, The Fairy unfolds as one ingenious sight gag after another, becoming a wild, hilarious, one-of-a-kind experience.
Tuesday, March 25
Dir. Leos Carax, 2012 (France) 115 min.
Post-screening discussion with Stephen Ellis, Division of Digital Arts
Expansive, breathtaking and thrillingly unclassifiable, Holy Motors is writer-director Leos Carax's first feature since Pola X (1999). Monsieur Oscar is a professional chameleon who inhabits nearly 12 different personas over the course of a single day. Steered through the streets of Paris in a white stretch limo, he consults a thick dossier for the particulars of his next "appointment," scenarios that require him to reinvent himself exhaustingly again and again. Focusing on the "beauty of the act" of Oscar's creation of these personas, Carax's extraordinary film succeeds in reminding us of the blurry line separating moviemaking and movie-watching.
Thursday, March 27 (Elizabeth Hall room 315)
Entre les bras/Step Up To The Plate
Dir. Paul Lacoste, 2012 (France) / 86 min.
Pre-screening tasting and discussion hosted at the Cress Restaurant with Executive Chef/Owner, Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., (more information)
Paul Lacoste's hypnotic documentary about father-son master chefs Michel and Sébastien Bras revolves around a particularly crucial moment for the Bras family: Michel is about to hand over control of the restaurant, located on a hilltop in the Aubrac region in southern France, to Sébastien. Lacoste examines not only the consummate skill involved in running a Michelin three-star restaurant but also larger questions regarding legacy and the anxiety of influence, all while sharing the visual pleasure of the development of their exquisite dishes.
Thursday, April 3
Dir. Phillippe Falardeau, 2011 (Québec) / 94 min.
Post-screening discussion with Carine Strebel, Ph.D., Department of Education
Writer-director Philippe Falardeau's unforgettable movie, based on a one-person play by Evelyne de la Chenelière, explores the intricate process by which M. Lazhar earns the respect and trust of his pupils; some, the children of immigrants or, like this devoted instructor, recent arrivals to Quebec. As the reasons for M. Lazhar's immigration to Canada from Algeria are made clear, so, too is his rather unconventional method for applying for the teaching position. Monsieur Lazhar is that rarest of movies about education, one that avoids clichés and sentimentality, favoring instead honesty and clear-eyed compassion.
Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by:
- Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Centre National de la Cinématographie et l'Image Animée
- Campus France USA/Florence Gould Foundation/highbrow entertainment.