Tournées French Film Festival, February 1-23, 2017

Vassar College will host its third Tournées French Film Festival, February 1-23. All screenings are free and open to the public and will be held in Taylor Hall, room 203, 6:30pm. A full schedule is below.

Supported in part by the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of New York and a Humanities New York Action Grant, the Tournées festival features recently released, critically renowned French-language films. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member and a discussion will follow.

“The selection of films this cycle offers an exciting opportunity to reflect on changing identities in France and in Europe in a way that is very relevant to an American audience,” says Anne Brancky, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies. “These films ask important questions about immigration, integration, religious, ethnic, sexual and linguistic diversity, and the struggle to reconcile difficult histories with an emerging global and plural future.”

This year’s line-up of films delves into a variety of issues: Chocolat, which explores the complex boundaries of colonial power; Summertime, a film that deals with feminism, homophobia and class divisions;  questions of job precarity and social solidarity in Two Days, One Night; same-sex and intergenerational relationships as well as undocumented migrants in Eastern Boys; national patrimony, European politics and cultural branding in Francofonia; and religion in May Allah Bless France.


The festival is organized by the Department of French and Francophone Studies at Vassar College and is cosponsored by the Department of Film, the Women’s Studies Program, the International Studies Program, the Dean of Faculty and the VSA French Club.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 1: Chocolat (1988, Claire Denis)
Introduction: Joshua Schreier (History)
Respondent: Matthew Amos (French Studies, Bard College)

Thursday, February 2: May Allah Bless France (2014, Abd al Malik)
Opening Reception at 6pm
Introduction: Patricia-Pia Célérier (French & Francophone Studies)
Respondent: Alexander Kupfer (Film)

Thursday, February 9: Francofonia (2015, Alexander Sokurov)
Introduction: Charles Arndt (Russian Studies)
Respondent: James Mundy (The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center)
This screening was postponed due to inclement weather. It has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 in Rockefeller Hall, room 200.

Wednesday, February 15: Summertime (2015, Catherine Corsini)
Introduction: Mita Choudhury (History)
Respondent: Christina Owens (Women’s Studies)

Thursday, February 16: Eastern Boys (2013, Robin Campillo)
Introduction: Abdulhamit Arvas (Drama)
Respondent: Giovanna Borradori (Philosophy)

Thursday, February 23: Two Days, One Night (2014, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Closing Reception at 6pm
Introduction: Vinay Swamy (French and Francophone Studies)
Respondent: Charles Batson (French, Union College)

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (


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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, January 23, 2017

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