The Wabash College French department received a grant to host a seven-week festival of French films, beginning Monday.
The grant from the FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange) and Villa Albertine will bring the Albertine Cinémathèque French Film Festival to campus Monday through March 27. The festival is a program of FACE Foundation and Villa Albertine made possible with the support of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), and SACEM/Fonds Culturel Franco-Américain, the French American Cultural Fund.
The festival spotlights seven films with each addressing global and contemporary issues central to the exploration of the humanities at Wabash. The selected films are designed to expand access to French cinema and support film programming at American colleges and universities. The selections engage with the current issues, while nurturing an enduring love for this diverse and evolving art form.
“We are delighted that the Wabash campus and its surrounding community will benefit from this generous grant,” said Karen Quandt, BKT Assistant Professor of French. “Aside from being richly packed with legendary cultural references (Balzac, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Resnais, Truffaut), the festival will also give our community the opportunity to reflect upon current issues involving the media, social justice, anti-Semitism, and race. We are grateful to Albertine Cinémathèque for supporting this important opportunity.”
Wabash is one of 50 institutions nationally presenting the festival.
The films scheduled to be screened are “Early Shorts by Alain Resnais,” Monday; “France,” Feb. 6; “Les 400 cents coups (400 Blows),” Feb. 15; “Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions),” Feb. 20; “Josep,” March 14; “Monsieur Klein (Mr. Klein),” March 20; and “La Permission (The Story of a Three-Day Pass)," March 27.
All screenings are free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in Detchon Center, Room 109.
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