Tournées Film Festival brings French cinema to TROY

A scene from the film

A scene from the film "Francophonia," one of six French films being shown at the Troy Campus as part of the Tournees Film Festival.

The Tournées Film Festival will make its home at Troy University for the next three weeks and offer students an insight into French cinema.

The Troy University Library and the College of Communication and Fine Arts will show six films during the series, which began on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and continues through Thursday, Nov. 3.

The festival, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation (FACE) and a partner of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, seeks to bring French cinema to American college campuses.

According to the FACE program’s website, “Tournées Film Festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres — fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films — giving participants the opportunity to expand their programming and for audiences to experience French cinema through a wider lens.”

The library received a $2,200 grant from FACE to make the event possible.

“Everyone at the library is incredibly excited about this series,” said Dr. Christopher Schaffer, dean of library services. “This series of films allows the library to expose our students to another culture through the medium of film, and also allows us to continue to reaffirm our commitment to the international vision of Dr. Hawkins and Troy University.”

The series started with “Two Days, One Night” on Oct. 11, and continues with “Ernest & Celestine” on Oct. 18, “Pierrot le Fou” on Oct. 20, “In the Courtyard” on Nov. 1 and concludes with “Valley of Love” on Nov. 3. Each film will be shown in Room 129 of Bibb Graves. “Francofonia” will be shown on Oct. 20 in Room 103 of Patterson.

All films begin at 4 p.m. and are free to the public.

The Troy Campus has previously hosted the Tournees Festival in 2013, 2010 and 2008.