Bookmark and Share
  • Text +
  • Text -

Pomona College Hosts French Film Festival: Feb. 6 to March 6, 2009

A still image from the animated film Persepolis

Pomona College will host its first film series with The Tournées Festival, a French-language film festival. The screenings will be held February 6 to March 6, on Fridays at 6:30 p.m., in the Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). For further information, call: (909) 267-4001. 

The schedule of films is as follows: 

Feb. 6  Heading South 
Vers Le Sud (Heading South, 2005) is a film by director Laurent Cantet about the experience of three middle-age white women in the late 1970s traveling to Haiti for sexual tourism against a backdrop of class issues and a deteriorating political climate. The film won the Marcello Mastrioanni Award and the CinemAvvenire Award at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. 

Feb. 13  Flight of the Red Balloon 
Le Voyage du ballon rouge (Voyage of the Red Balloon, 2007), directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien, starring Juliet Binoche, and inspired by the 1956 classic The Red Balloon, involves a young boy, a red balloon, a pre-occupied puppeteer mother and a Taiwanese film student hired to help care for her son. 

Feb. 20  Before I Forget 
Avant que j'oublie (Before I Forget, 2007) is the third semi-autobiographical film by Jacques Nolot. This film focuses on a 58-year-old former gigolo who outlived his working years despite being HIV-positive for 24 years, and 15 years after the death of the man who kept him a prominent man in French society. 

Feb. 27  Her Name is Sabine 
The multiple award-winning Her Name is Sabine (2008), is a beautiful, moving portrait of Sabine, a 38-year-old autistic woman, filmed by her sister, French actress Sandrine Bonnaire. She includes personal footage filmed over 25 years, intimately depicting how society still does not know how to take care of citizens with physical and psychological disabilities. 

March 6  Persepolis 
Persepolis, the 2007 animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical novel of the same name, is a coming of age story set during the Iranian Revolution, an unhappy sojourn in Austria, depression and returning to Iran, and once again having to flee the country. The film won the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 

The Pomona College Tournées Festival was organized by MD Xiaoye Ma '11. The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC) grant approximately $180,000 annually to colleges, in an effort to encourage students to begin their own self-sustaining French festivals. Awards are granted based on students' proposals of films to include in the series.