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 Center, presents. 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 Studies. 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. For more details see the festival website: https://sites.google.com/site/jhutournees/ Or look for us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JHU-Tournées-Festival/1465454790344469 Follow us on Twitter: @JHUcinefestival 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 English subtitles. 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 bras) 86 minutes. Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 pm (Hodson 110): Polisse 127 minutes. 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 minutes. Sunday, March 2 at 3:00 pm (Hodson 110): Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os) 120 minutes. See you there! Suzanne
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