Hiram College

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Hiram College will host a French film festival on campus this fall, thanks to a recent grant from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation. The Tournées French Film Festival, hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Gelbke Auditorium in the Gelbke Fine Arts Building located at 6832 Hinsdale St. in Hiram.

The French film festival is the first of its kind at Hiram College, which was one of only 20 schools across the nation selected to participate in the program.

“There is a significant population of people at Hiram, and in the surrounding community, who enjoy foreign films and/or would like to develop their ability to listen to native French productions,” said Hiram College Professor of French, Ella Kirk, Ph.D. “Going to Cleveland to the Cinematheque for the occasional French film is not always feasible or desirable. This brings the experience here directly.”

The first in the six-film series will be “Augustine,” which explores the ethical boundaries in a real doctor-patient relationship between 19th century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and a young, illiterate maid named Augustine. The remainder of the films include:

Sept. 30          “Abus de faiblesse,” (“Abuse of Weakness”)
Oct. 7              “L’Ecume des jours” (“Mood Indigo”)
Oct. 14            “Timbuktu”
Oct. 21            “Hiroshima mon amour”
Oct. 28            “La Religieuse”

All films will be shown in French with English subtitles, and will begin at 7 p.m. Each showing is free and open to the public.

“The films are chosen on an annual basis and represent some of the best work done in France for that year. Grantees are asked to choose six films for their festival, one of which must be a ‘classic,’” said Dr. Kirk. “I tried as much as possible to link the six films to the overall ethics theme of the year, ‘borders.’ For example, the first film explores the borders between doctors and patients; another will explore the borders and limitations of memory,” she said.

About the Tournées Festival
The Tournées Festival is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée and the Franco-American Cultural Fund. Additional sponsors include the Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France and Highbrow Entertainment.