For the third year running, the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH) is partnering with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Memphis to present the Tournées French Film Festival.
Every year the Tournées Festival draws an audience of language students, professors, and film lovers from the broader community to the university with a series of award-winning French films. The festival selects new films that convey an authentic idea of life and culture in France.
This year’s selections for the festival include five of the most acclaimed recent releases of the modern French cinema. The series will explore themes of minority hardship in France (C’est dur d’être aimé par des cons), Coco Chanel’s burgeoning success (Coco avant Chanel), painter Séraphine de Senlis’s collapse into madness (Séraphine), metropolitan Parisian life (Paris), and the strong camaraderie of French soldiers in the First World War (La France).
In a time of great cultural transformation in France and globally, these films offer us a window into contemporary French life and challenge us to rethink the same issues from an American perspective.
How do these films and the rich French culture they depict inform our perspectives on the Mid-South?