Wake Forest University hosts French film festival

By Maggie Barrett
April 5, 2006

Wake Forest University's department of Romance languages presents its French film festival, "Tournées: French Films in 35mm," throughout the month of April. All films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Annenberg Forum in the university's Carswell Hall. All film screenings are free and open to the public.

The first film, "Un Long Dimanche De Fianšailles," or "A Very Long Engagement," will be shown April 6. The film tells the story of a young French woman embarking on a journey to find her fiancé, a soldier, after the end of World War I. The film is rated R.

The festival continues with four films that are not rated, but may be inappropriate for children.

The first of these films, "Pas Sur La Bouche," or "Not on the Lips," will be shown on April 10. Based on André Bardes' 1920s-era operetta, it is a comedy about a French socialite who finds herself in a quandary when her second husband, who does not realize his wife was previously married, meets and befriends her first husband.

Wednesday, April 12, "Moolaadé," a film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, will be shown. Shot in the African nation of Senegal, the movie focuses on the ritual of female genital mutilation.

"L'Esquive," or "Games of Love and Chance," will be screened April 18. Set in a suburban housing project in France, the film follows the development of a love triangle within a group made up of mostly poor, immigrant teenagers.

The final film, "A Tout De Suite," will be shown April 24. Like "Games of Love and Chance," it is about teenage relationships, but focuses on a Parisian girl who falls in love and flees home with an accused criminal, only to be abandoned by him in a foreign country.

The Tourneés program is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Culture and Wake Forest University's film studies program and department of Romance languages.

For more information about the films, call (336) 758-5649.