Indy's only French film festival

The festival opens on Tuesday, April 6 with The Class.

This will be quite an exciting week for foreign films. Not only is IU hosting an Italian film festival, but Marian University is hosting a French one as well. Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture, Tournées Festival is the only officially sanctioned French film festival in Indianapolis. The films are open to the public free of charge and faculty-led discussions will follow each screening. Each film will be shown at the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library auditorium on the Marian University campus (3200 Cold Spring Road).

Here is the rundown of films:

April 6, 7 p.m.

Entre les Murs (The Class): This is not typical, inspirational teacher film. For one thing, its star and screenwriter (François Bégaudeau) is a real-life teacher and the students in the film are actually his. The Class is not a documentary, but simply a unique film of searing authenticity. Its story of a Parisian junior high school teacher's triumphs and tribulations was lauded by critics worldwide. It even won the 2008 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or award. Rated PG-13. 128 minutes. This screening is sponsored by NUVO.

April 8, 6 p.m.

Comme un Juif en France (Being Jewish in France) (2007): The title explains it all. This documentary follows Jews living in France. More specifically, it investigates the complex relationship that French Jews have had with the French Republic and, in turn, the multiple ways in which French society has dealt with its Jewish population over the course of history. Not rated. 185 minutes.

April 9, 7 p.m.

A Secret (2007): This film follows the life of a Jewish family (with a dark, troubled past) in post-World War II Paris. Not rated. 110 minutes.

April 10, 7 p.m.

Ballerina (2008): This documentary follows the new generation of rising ballet stars at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia. It includes scenes from famous ballets such as Marius Petipa's "Paquita", "Swan Lake" and "La Bayadère". Not rated. 80 minutes.

April 11, 5 p.m.

Indigènes (Days of Glory) (2006): The festival closes with this World War II film about the unsung heroes in the fight for France - the native African recruits. Nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this film is universally acclaimed. Rated R. 120 minutes.


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