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“Welcome” (Lioret) on October 14th

An exerpt from an interview online with director Philippe Lioret:

The theme of my film is immigrants, but its subject is the drama between two couples. I wanted to explore this theme through the real life of people—those like you or me—who generally don’t know much about the problems of undocumented refugees and how, when confronted with the issue, it changes their lives.
Welcome is made of two love stories, but with complications because the two love stories crash against the walls of this strange and illogical world order. Without these two love stories I wouldn’t have had a movie but a documentary about immigrants. I’ve seen many of these documentaries—and they have all been very good—but unfortunately I don’t think people are necessarily moved by them. If people are interested in my film, it’s because it speaks to them emotionally.

RP: How did you develop the script?

PL: I spent six weeks living with immigrants and the volunteers in Calais, and after that learnt enough about these issues to write a script. I wanted a story that didn’t overdramatise things, but which contained real drama.

October 14, 9:30 pm
Browning Cinema
University of Notre Dame

Tickets are $6, $5 faculty/staff, $4 seniors, and $3 all students. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 574-631-2800 or visit http://performingarts.nd.edu. Minors in European Studies can pick up free tickets at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, 211 Brownson Hall.

“Séraphine” (Provost) on October 14

A beautiful biopic of French painter Séraphine Louis (1864-1942) and her extraordinary, unexpected art. Winner of seven French Césars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Yolande Moreau. Directed by Martin Provost.

October 14, 6:30 pm
Browning Cinema
University of Notre Dame

“Seraphine” will be introduced by Vittorio Hösle, Paul Kimball Chair of Arts & Letters and Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study.

Tickets are $6, $5 faculty/staff, $4 seniors, and $3 all students. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 574-631-2800 or visit http://performingarts.nd.edu. Minors in European Studies can pick up free tickets at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, 211 Brownson Hall.

“Paris” (Klapisch) on September 30

In Cédric Klapisch’s wistful ensemble film about the City of Light, characters of vastly different backgrounds intersect, providing a sense of the multitudes and complexities contained within one of the world’s greatest metropolises. Cameroonian immigrants try to help their families back home; an imperious manager of a boulangerie begrudgingly approves of her new employee, also from an immigrant family; a middle-aged professor woos a student with Baudelaire-inspired text messages.

But the beating heart of Klapisch’s love letter to the city is the relationship between Pierre, a former dancer at the Moulin Rouge, and his older sister, Elise, a divorced, overburdened social worker raising three young children. After Pierre discovers that he has a potentially fatal illness, Elise and her brood move into his cramped apartment, taking care of and comforting a man who now fully appreciates the preciousness of life.

September 30, 7:00 pm
Browning Cinema
University of Notre Dame

Introduction by Jean Fallon, Professor of French at Hollins University, who is writing a book-length study of Klapisch and his films.

Tickets are $6, $5 faculty/staff, $4 seniors, and $3 all students. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 574-631-2800 or visit http://performingarts.nd.edu. Minors in European Studies can pick up free tickets at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, 211 Brownson Hall.

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This is a weblog devoted to the 2010 Tournées Festival of French film at Notre Dame, scheduled for the month of October.

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE [French American Cultural Exchange] which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. The program distributes over $200,000 in grants annually to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. Now in its 15th year, The Tournées Festival has partnered with more than 300 universities, making it possible for more than 450,000 students to discover French-language films… The films span generational and geographic borders, offer a range of genres and subjects, and showcase innovations in both style and storytelling. There are films by first-time directors alongside those from respected and revered fixtures in French cinema.

The festival at Notre Dame will start on September 30 with a screening of Cédric Klapisch’s new film, “Paris,” starring Juliette Binoche and Romain Duris.  The full schedule is as follows:

September 30, “Paris” (Klapisch), 7:00 pm
October 14, “Séraphine” (Martin Provost), 6:30 pm
October 14, “Welcome” (Philippe Lioret), 9:30 pm
October 21,“Home” (Ursula Meier), 6:30 and 9:30 pm
October 28, “C’est dur d’être aimé par des cons”  (Daniel Leconte), 6:30 pm

All films will be screened in the Browning Cinema, located in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The Tournées Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC).

This blog is under construction this week, so please check back soon for updates.  Each film will have a separate post, before and after, and your comments are welcome.