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French Film Festival Debutes April 13

Released: 03/22/2007

For the second consecutive year, LSU Alexandria will host a French Film Festival celebrating contemporary French cinema. The university was one of 85 American universities selected to participate in the French American Cultural Exchange’s French film grant program, the Tournées Festival.

Five films will be shown free of charge on two consecutive weekends beginning April 13 on the LSUA campus.

At LSU Alexandria, a different film will be shown each evening at 7 p.m. in the Nursing Auditorium, 132 Coughlin Hall, on April 13, 14, 20, 21 and 24. The Grand Finale on April 24 will take place at Coughlin Saunders Auditorium, Downtown Alexandria.

All films will be in French with English subtitles. All films are open to the public.

The five films, and the dates they will be shown, are as follows:

Friday, April 13 – LSUA Nursing Auditorium 7 p.m.: “Aaltra,” a spoof on political correctness.

Saturday, April 14 – LSUA Nursing Auditorium 7 p.m.: “Mooladé,” documentary from Africa about women’s resistance to the practice of female circumcision.

Friday, April 20 – LSUA Nursing Auditorium 7 p.m.: “10ème Chambre: Instants D’Audience/The 10th District Court: Moments of Trial,” a film that documents lively courtroom scenes in Paris.

Saturday April 21 – LSUA Nursing Auditorium 7 p.m.: “Monsieur Ibrahim/Mr. Ibrahim,” drama about friendship between an elderly Muslim man and a Jewish boy.

Grand Finale: Tuesday, April 24 – Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center, Downtown Alexandria 6:30 p.m. Reception followed by movie. “Cachè/Hidden,” a French thriller.

The film festival is supported by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.

The Tournées Festival was introduced to encourage the distribution and viewing of contemporary French films at educational institutions. Some 250,000 students have attended the screenings over the past 10 years.

For more information about the five films and the LSU Alexandria festival, visit www.lsua.edu or contact Shonu Nangia at 767-3978 or snangia@lsua.edu

For more information on the Tournees Festival grant program, visit www.facecouncil.org