Jan. 28-Feb. 25, 2014: Westminster College to host French film festival

A still from “L’Assaut” (The Assault), directed by Julien Leclercq

A still from ‘L’Assaut’ (The Assault), directed by Julien Leclercq.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College’s Departments of Modern Languages and English will host its third “Tournées Film Festival,” a series of French films shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 28 through Feb. 25. The films occur in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The events are free and open to the public.

Five contemporary films will be subtitled in English with each screening followed by a discussion.

The festival opens on Jan. 28 with L’Assaut (The Assault), directed by Julien Leclercq. This triller is based on the real-life hijacking of a Paris-bound Air France flight from Algiers on Christmas Eve in 1994. Four hijackers claiming membership in the Armed Islamic Group demand the release of political prisoners in Algeria while, in Paris, French Interior Ministry official Carole Jeanton suspects that this quartet may  have plans to crash the plane into the Eiffel Tower. Leclerq ratchets up the anxiety by including actual footage of the rescue operation.

Additional films are: “La Fée” (The Fairy), Feb. 4; “Monsieur Lazhar,” Feb. 11; “L’Enfant D’En Haut” (Sister), Feb. 18; and “Couleur De Peau: Miel” (Approved for Adoption), Feb. 25.

The festival is supported by a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Centre National de la Cinematographie et l’Image Animée, Campus France USA, the Florence Gould  Foundation, and Highbrow Entertainment.

Westminster faculty involved in planning and organizing the festival are: Dr. Jeffrey Bersett, associate professor of Spanish and chairman of Westminster’s Department of Modern Languages; Dr. Deborah Mitchell, professor of English; and Dr. Ann Murphy, associate professor of French.

Contact Murphy at 724-946-7265 or email dammroa@westminster.edu for additional information.  Visit http://www.westminster.edu/frenchfilm  for additional information about the festival and the films.

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