A Mélange of French and Memphis Culture

Posted on January 23, 2014


By Claire Richard


Memphis is a city of history and jazz but now being added to that list, host of The Tournées Festival. The goal of The Tournées Festival is to bring contemporary French cinema to college campuses around the United States. Being a program if FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), the festival has partnered with over 350 universities and has reached over 450,000 college students. Memphis’ very own Rhodes College is as one of the three colleges or universities in the south selected to host this year’s film festival.  Showing from January 22nd to February 5th, the five French, subtitled films will be, Les Adieux à la Reine (Farewell my Queen), Monsieur Lazhar (Mr. Lazhar), La Pirogue (The Pirogue), Berlin 1885: La Ruée sur L’Afrique (Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa), and Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat). Between Rhodes College and University of Memphis, who hosted the event in 2010, Memphis will continue to provide opportunities for those who thirst culture.

The grant for the The Tournées Festival is awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, created in in 1959 by the then president, Charles de Gaulle. The intent when creating this ministry was to recover the spirit and identity of the French culture lost in World War II. This preservation of the French culture in what is known as the Droit à la Culture, or in other words, right of culture. One of the biggest threats to French Cinema is in fact, American media. So in a small exchange of culture, Memphis, a city fiercely proud of its own culture, accepts the little taste of France. When you come to one of these viewings you will see that French cinema is different kind filmmaking. French Cinema is a completely different viewing experience from its character driven story line, to different humor, to the pace of the film.

The films will be shown in Rhodes College’s Blount Auditorum. Admission is Free.

Support for the Tournées Film Festival is provided by: Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States/ Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée / Campus France USA/ Florence Gould Foundation / highbrow entertainment.

Claire Richard is a senior Business & Commerce and French double major at Rhodes College. 

Source: http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/grants-and-programs/tournees-festival

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