The Tournées French Film Festival, Fall 2017


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.

All showings are free and open to all, every Thursday from October 5 – November 16,  from 7 – 9 p.m. in Muntz Hall auditorium at UC Blue Ash College.

Check out the 2017 line-up for The Tournées Festival at UC Blue Ash College:

October 5 Things to Come

With the stunningly mature Things to Come, writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve remains faithful to her calling as a chronicler of the lives and loves of today’s educated Parisians, continuing to observe both the milestones in her characters’ lives and the everyday minutia that make her films so convincing and familiar.

Guest Speaker – Dr. John Alberti, Northern Kentucky University

October 12 – Fatima

Writer-director Philippe Faucon’s long-running project of making films about those members of the French population traditionally left off-screen reaches a state of grace in Fatima, perfectly balancing sharp observation of the harsh realities of the immigrant experience with an inspiring story of
individual resilience.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Michael Gott, University of Cincinnati

October 19 Louise by the Shore

This offbeat gem is truly one of a kind and a welcome reminder from French veteran Jean-François Laguionie that animation can be a medium for quiet lyricism and characters rarely given center stage in live action film.

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

October 26 – Frantz

With this stirring adaptation of Ernst Lubistch’s classic melodrama Broken Lullaby, François Ozon, a master of cinematic dissemblance, delivers a sumptuous period piece that asks whether a lie can ever be healthier than the truth.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Evan Torner, University of Cincinnati

November 2 Beauty and the Beast

Shot in atmospheric black and white by the great cinematographer Henri Alekan, Beauty and the Beast is rightly considered one of the absolute masterpieces of French cinema, a film fantasy that Cocteau said was “for grown-ups who haven’t lost their childhood” …or for children ready to marvel at the best that cinema can offer.

Guest Speaker – Professor Matt Bennett, UC Blue Ash College

November 16 – The Death of Louis XIV

Serra’s trademark philosophical wit is put to good use in this warts-and-all depiction of the frailty of a feared monarch, as is his marvelous command of chiaroscuro lighting. Inspired by the memoirs of the duc de Saint-Simon, The Death of Louis XIV feels as rigorously accurate as it is profoundly imaginative.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Catherine White, University of Cincinnati


All showings are free and open to all, every Thursday from October 5 – November 16,  from 7 – 9 p.m. in Muntz Hall auditorium at UC Blue Ash College.


Have a question or looking for more information? Professor Jody Ballah is available for assistance at or call 513-745-5657

About Olive Wright

Olive Wright is the Communications Intern with the Communications Department at UC Blue Ash College for the 2017-18 academic year. Look forward to seeing Olive's contributions to UCBANOW and all year long.