You are all invited to the fifth annual Tournées Festival of French Cinema at
Johns Hopkins University. All films are free and open to the public. Please
pass the word to anyone who might be interested. This year's screenings--all
free and open to the public--include a physical comedy, thrillers, a
behind-the-scenes documentary on a fabled restaurant, and Leos Carax's
indescribable art-house favorite Holy Motors.
The festival opens February 20 with The Fairy, a sublime, inventive celebration
of the sight gag. The night porter of a cheap hotel meets an eccentric redhead
who claims to be a fairy and grants him three wishes. Paris-based film critic
and journalist Sabrina Bouarour, visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins’ Humanities
On February 22, the Tournées Festival continues with a Saturday afternoon
screening of Step up to the Plate, Paul Lacoste’s hypnotic documentary on the
passionate, obsessive quest for gastronomic perfection of father-and-son master
chefs Michel and Sébastien Bras.
Next up, on Sunday, February 23, is Polisse, an intense, immersive drama based
on real cases of the Paris police unit that investigates crimes against
children. Polisse brings together a brilliant ensemble cast as it follows ten
officers reacting to overwhelming brutality.
The series continues into its second week on Feb. 25 with Pierre Schoeller’s
study of political ambition, The Minister, on a high-ranking French politician
who reels from crisis to crisis, plagued by surreal nightmares involving naked
women devoured by alligators. Presented by April Wuensch, who teaches a highly
popular course on contemporary French culture and politics at Johns Hopkins.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 features Leos Carax’s visually astonishing Holy Motors, the
story of a man, played by the extraordinary Denis Lavant, who continually
reinvents himself, jumping in and out of a dozen different lives in a single
day. Presented by JHU Professor of French Derek Schilling.
The festival continues with Beloved, Christophe Honoré’s moving musical that
follows the loves of Catherine Deneueve, Chiara Mastroianni, and Ludivine
Sagnier from the sixties to the twenty-first century. Presented by journalist
Sabrina Bouarour, who is currently at work on a major study of the musicals of
Jacques Demy and Vincente Minelli.
The festival will conclude March 2 with a Sunday afternoon screening of Jacques
Audiard’s visceral Rust and Bone, the drama of two fractured lives--Ali, a
burly, stoic bruiser down on his luck, and Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard), a
former whale trainer who has lost her legs in a horrific accident. Followed by
a discussion led by Linda Delibero, Director of the Program in Film and Media
The Tournées Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural
Services of the French Embassy in the US and the Centre National de la
Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, and by the Florence Gould Foundation,
Campus France USA, and highbrow entertainment.
Festival sponsors include the Johns Hopkins University Department of German and
Romance Languages & Literatures, Program in Film & Media Studies, and Center
for Advanced Media Studies.
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Festival Schedule with screening rooms
All screenings are to be held on the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins
University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. All films are in French with
Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 pm (Hodson 110): The Fairy (La Fée). 93 minutes.
Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 pm (Hodson 110): Step Up to the Plate (Entre les
Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 pm (Hodson 110): Polisse
Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 pm (Gilman 50): The Minister (L’Exercice de
l’Etat). In 115 minutes.
Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm (Gilman 50): Holy Motors. 115 minutes.
Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 pm (Hodson 110): Beloved (Les Bien-Aimés). 139
Sunday, March 2 at 3:00 pm (Hodson 110): Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os)
See you there!
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