The schedule has been announced for the Tournées Film Festival, set for March 26-April 12 at Missouri Southern.
Sponsored by Spiva Library, all screenings will be offered in Phelps Theatre on the first floor of Billingsly Student Center. Each film will be presented in French with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public.
The lineup for the festival will include:
Tuesday, March 26: 3-5 p.m.
“Ma vie de courgette” / “My Life as a Zucchini”
Swiss director Claude Barras’s charming stop-motion animated film is an unexpectedly uplifting look at childhood tragedy. After his alcoholic mother’s death, 9-year-old Icare — known to his friends as Zucchini — is placed in a group home where he soon forms alliances and rivalries.
Tuesday, April 2: 3-5 p.m.
“Jauja” takes a basic Western scenario — a man (Viggo Mortensen) rides off into the desert looking for his kidnapped daughter — and follows it to a point where what felt archaic proves to be timeless and the horse opera becomes a fairy tale.
Wednesday, April 3: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
“Le Grand Mechant Renard et Autres Contes” / “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”
“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” is a delightful animated film, charmingly old-fashioned in its graphics but sly and witty in its contents. Consisting of three stories, the film is presented as a theatrical revue, with the “big bad” fox (who is in fact anything but) appearing on a stage before each segment to introduce the action.
Friday, April 5: 1-3 p.m.
“Marcel Proust’s: Time Regained”
Director Raoul Ruiz’s accomplishment is not only to deliver a surprisingly profound yet accessible digest of Proust’s themes and leading characters, but to create a self-standing, utterly captivating film that adds an original vision of cinema to Proust’s meditations on the passage of time, the construction of memory and the evolution of relationships and society.
Tuesday, April 9: 3-5 p.m.
Shortly after World War I, Anna discovers a stranger at the grave of her late fiancé Frantz, one of the thousands of young Germans killed in the war. The stranger introduces himself as Adrien, a French friend of the dead soldier. Anna begins to come out of mourning for Frantz and once again embraces her future. Then Adrien makes a terrible confession and disappears, forcing Anna to go searching for him.
Friday, April 12: 1-3 p.m.
“BPM / 120 Battements Par Minute”
BPM is a fictionalized account of the history of Act Up-Paris, the triumphant true story of some of the great heroes of our era: the men and women who fought for the recognition and improved treatment of HIV and AIDS patients at a time when a diagnosis was a death sentence.
The Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.