Joplin, MO (SNS) – The Tournées Film Festival will open with “Les Femmes du 6eme Etage” (“The Women on the Sixth Floor”) at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Billingsly Student Center at Missouri Southern State University.

A Parisian captain of industry learns that there’s much more to life than turning a profit in Philippe Le Guay’s charming movie about friendship across class and language divides. Set in 1962, it centers on the transformation of third-generation stockbroker Jean- Louis. The self-centered businessman starts to discover his altruistic side after he’s made aware of the inferior plumbing and other, graver hardships endured by the half-dozen Spanish maids, refugees from Franco’s regime, who live above him.

Admission is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Last fall, the Honors Program and Spiva Library received a $2,200 grant through the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation to stage the French film festival on campus. The program, now in its 20th year, has partnered with more than 450 universities to bring French cinema to campuses in the United States.

The Tournées Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.