Film Series: The Tournées French Film Festival – Fall 2016


The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Each year, Tournées brings contemporary French films on campuses around the country, making it possible for students and people in the community to discover French-language films.

Tournées Film Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, and SACEM’s French American Cultural Fund.

Sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France USA and highbrow entertainment.





UC Blue Ash College
Muntz Theater

Additional Details:

  • All films will be subtitled in English
  • Please check ratings as some films contain adult content and may not be suitable for all viewers.
  • Free parking will be provided on campus


Contact Professor Jody Ballah at (513)745-5657 or email

Featured Films

frenchfilmfestival-trois-souveniersTROIS SOUVENIRS DE MA JEUNESSE
October 6

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Alberti, Northern Kentucky University

A prequel, a sequel, and an utterly satisfying work in its own right,My Golden Days is told in flashback by the great Mathieu Amalric, who returns to the role of Paul Dedalus to recount three defining phases of his youth.

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frenchfilmfestival-quallah-benisseQU’ALLAH BÉNISSE
October 20

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Gott, UC Clifton

The film follows the struggles of Régis, a budding rapper who relies on petty crime to fund his passion for music. But as his fellow musicians get lured into drug dealing, teenage Régis finds salvation in the classics of French literature and his conversion to Sufi Islam.

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frenchfilmfestival-loin-des-hommesLOIN DES HOMMES
October 27

Guest Speaker: Dr. Matthew Norman, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

Algeria, 1954. The War of Independence is rumbling into being. David Oelhoffen’s film starts off as an archetypal Western—two men thrown against each other as they traverse a barren landscape—but when Daru and Mohamed find themselves stuck between French troops and the rebel army, it turns into a
gripping meditation on the fate of individuals tossed to and fro by sociopolitical forces beyond their control.

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frenchfilmfestival-du-rififiDU RIFIFI CHEZ
November 3

Guest Speaker: Professor H. Michael Sanders, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

Like the best noir films, Rififi transcends the coded world of the professional gangster to become an existential tragedy about love, loyalty, and the inexorable passage of time. Shot in black and white on the grimy streets of fifties Paris, the film oozes character and slangy authenticity.

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frenchfilmfestival-lombre-des-femmesL’OMBRE DES FEMMES
November 10

Guest Speaker: Dr. Gisèle Loriot-Raymer, Northern Kentucky University

A mordant variation on the well-worn trope of the romantic triangle, In the Shadow of Women finds writer-director Philippe Garrel, the reigning master of intimate French cinema, reaching
new heights by looking at love from the point of view of the women who were long his muses and creating a devastatingly frank but not unfeeling portrayal of masculine hypocrisy.

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frenchfilmfestival-valley-of-loveVALLEY OF LOVE
November 17

Guest Speaker: Dr. Catherine White, University of Cincinnati

France’s two leading stars play Gérard and Isabelle, a divorced couple of famous actors who meet in Death Valley after receiving a letter from their dead son, a recent suicide, promising that he will reappear in the desert at a specific time and place. Drawing not only on its own gripping story but on the history in its actors’ faces, Valley of Love reaches an emotional fever pitch in the heart of the desert.

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Don’t miss these great films!!

Sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France USA and highbrow entertainment.

* Please check ratings as some films contain adult content and may not be suitable for all viewers

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.

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