By Suanna Parker – Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University are hosting the second annual Tournées Film Festival that begins next week.
The Tournées Film Festival was an idea proposed by GVSU French Professor Dan Golembeski who later approached Hillery Haney, French Professor here at GRCC to collaborate with him on the project. The two worked together to get a grant to support their vision and now the film festival is about to kick off its second year.
In many ways the festival itself is a great way to integrate many of the schools in the Grand Rapids area, especially, the students who attend both GVSU and GRCC.
This in no way implies that the film festival is limited to only students. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Everyone in the Grand Rapids community is invited to attend.
“It’s not just limited to the college and it’s not just for those who speak French. It can be anyone because the films are all subtitled,” Haney said.
The Tournées film festival is one way to bring the local French speaking (francophone) community together, and also is a means to encourage others to immerse and experience the culture through film.
“I think everybody has a commonality through film” said Haney. “It’s a way for somebody in a very short period of time to be able to dive into French culture, French language, and then it also opens it up to a greater population”.
Tournées will feature a diverse group of six different films. The films aim to intrigue a wide audience, and are spread out among many different genres including animated, historical, classical, and various others.
“We choose five films and then a classic” Haney said.
The festival kicks off on Mon. Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the GVSU DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium with a French and German film titled “Frantz”. “Frantz” follows a young woman during World War I as she mourns the death of her fiance. What she doesn’t anticipate is the mysterious man who comes to town.
Other film times and dates for the GVSU campus include Wed. Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. for “Ma Vie De Courgette” or “My Life as a Zucchini”. “Ma Vie De Courgette” is an animated film which follows 9-year-old Courgette as he loses his mother, befriends a police officer, and is relocated into a foster home.
Films being shown at GRCC will be screened in the Applied Technology Center (ATC) Auditorium, room 168.
The first film of the festival to show on the GRCC campus is “Le Fils de Joseph” on Thurs. Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. “Le fils de Joseph” or “The Son of Joseph” follows a parisian teenager in his search for a father figure.
Followed by “La Noire de…” at 7:30 p.m. “La Noire de…” otherwise known as “Black Girl” is a 1966 classic film about a Senegalese girl who becomes a servant in France. “La Noire de…” follows Diouana as she both experiences her current life in France and reflects on her past life in Senegal.
On Fri. Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. is a screening of a film titled, “Fatima”. “Fatima” is a 2015 film which follows a single mother from Morocco who relocates with her two daughters to France. Following an accident Fatima seeks to communicate to her daughters that which she never could due to her poor French speaking skills.
The festival ends at 7:30 p.m. with a film called “Marguerite.” “Marguerite” follows an aspiring singer who possesses less talent than she realizes. Will her friends tell her this before it’s too late, or will they let her sing anyway and raise her money for the war orphans?
Admission is free for all who attend. Additional information about the Tournees Film Festival can be found here.