Troy University to present French film series in Dothan

Posted: Monday, 08 September 2008

DOTHAN—Wiregrass cinema buffs looking for a change of pace take note: Troy University has received a grant to present a French film festival at its Dothan campus. The Tournées Festival will take place in Sony Hall beginning on Oct. 13 and will last through Oct. 29.

The library has presented a film series the past four semesters, and foreign films have been included in that series, said Director of Library Services Christopher Shaffer.

“There is a significant amount of interest in the Dothan area for cultural activities that are not routinely available in the Wiregrass,” Shaffer said. “Furthermore, there has been considerable interest within the community when I have shown foreign language films in the past.”

There is no admission charge and the films will be shown at 7 p.m. each date, Shaffer said.

The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). Sponsors for The Tournées Festival include The Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, highbrow entertainment, agnes b. and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

During the festival, the community will have the opportunity to view five French films: Persepolis on Oct. 13, Two Days in Paris on Oct. 20, La Faute a Fidel (Blame it on Fidel) on Oct. 22, Moliere on Oct. 27 and Ne Le Dis a Personne (Tell No One) on Oct. 29. The five films will showcase a wide spectrum of genres and plots.

Persepolis (Oct. 13) is an animated film about a young girl coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Because her parents fear for her safety, she is sent to school in Vienna. Eventually, she must decide between the love of her country or the freedom she knew in France.

Two Days in Paris (Oct. 20) is a comedy that takes the stereotypical American and French debates further and deeper than before. Jack, a New York interior designer, and his girlfriend Marion, a French photographer, have spent two years in New York and are about to spend two days in Paris. On this trip, Marion and Jack uncover more cracks in their compatibility, and Jack’s jealousy threatens to end their relationship in disaster.

La Faute a Fidel (Blame it on Fidel) (Oct. 22) is a drama seen through eyes of wealthy nine-year old Anna. After her uncle is killed by Franco’s police force, her parents become left-wing revolutionaries and Anna’s stable life goes awry. As she tries to make sense of the larger political events that shake her life, she does not settle for the simplistic answers that adults give children.

Moliére (Oct. 27) is a comedy about a young actor who dreams of becoming a playwright. After the wealthy Monsieur Jourdain releases him from prison, he is smuggled into Jourdain’s home so that he can teach him the dramatic art. Unfortunately, Jordain lacks talent and fails to notice his wife is falling for Moliére’s charms.

Ne Le Dis á Personne (Tell No One) (Oct. 29) is a thriller about pediatrician Alex Beck who is still grieving the murder of his wife eight years earlier. After receiving an anonymous email with a link to a video clip, which somehow suggests his wife is still alive, the police reopen the murder case. Alex finds himself the target of the investigation and must prove his own innocence