11/07/2012 Chris Karlesky

Annual Festival Highlights French and Francophone Films

From a little-known tale of the French resistance during World War II to a story of religion and love in the 16th century, members of the Franklin & Marshall and Lancaster communities are experiencing a series of adventures in French film this semester.

The Tournees Festival, F&M's annual French and Francophone Film Series, has returned to campus for the seventh time with a new series of films subtitled in English. Two of the series' five films remain in this year's festival, both to be presented Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall: "Les Contes de la Nuit" (Tales of the Night) at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, and "La Princesse de Montpensier" (The Princess of Montpensier) at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Assistant Professor of French Carrie Landfried, who is organizing the festival for the second straight year, said a devoted audience has been enjoying this year's series.

"We have a faithful following of people from the Lancaster community as well as students in French classes at F&M," Landfried said.

F&M Professor of French and Chair of International Studies Lisa Gasbarrone will introduce Les Contes de la Nuit, an animated film by director Michel Ocelot about a young man overcoming obstacles to win the hand of a princess. A week later, F&M Visiting Assistant Professor of French Nicholas Russell will introduce La Princesse de Montpensier, a historical epic based on the novel of the same name.

The festival is presented by F&M's Department of French in collaboration with the International Studies Program. The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the Centre National de la Cinematographie provide support for the festival.

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