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March 23, 2011
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SRU says ‘Oui’ to French Film Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Students and local residents attending Slippery Rock University’s first French Film Festival are sure to say c’est bon (that’s good). The free festival, which begins tonight, includes five films and provides insight into different aspects of French culture, including the Paris ballet, financial conflict in French-speaking Mali and the life of designer Coco Chanel.
        Movies, in French, with English subtitles, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium and at 6:30 p.m. March 31, April 3, April 7 and April 8 in ATS and the Spotts World Cultures Building.
      “We are launching this (film festival) because it is an opportunity for students and the community to be exposed to Francophone cultures they’re not normally exposed to,” said Robert Fagley, SRU instructor of modern languages and cultures.
       “All of the films have something different. They are funny, comedic and serious,” said Nicole Campbell, a French major from Pittsburgh and president of the 50-member French Club at SRU.
        Each movie will be introduced and contextualized by an SRU professor. Tonight’s movie is “La Danse: Le Ballet De L’Opera De Paris” (“The Dance: The Paris Opera Ballet”) directed by Federick Wiseman and released in 2009. Nola Nolen, assistant professor of dance, will introduce the movie, which showcases the Paris ballet.
      “Entre Les Murs” (“The Class”) will be shown 6:30 p.m., March 31 in Spotts Auditorium. Released in 2008 and directed by Laurent Cantet, the movie follows a class at a diverse Parisian public junior high school. Fagley will introduce the film.
      “Coco Avant Chanel” (“Coco Before Chanel”) will be shown 6:30 p.m. April 3 in ATS Auditorium, and introduced by Cindy LaCom, professor of English. The movie, released in 2009 and directed by Anne Fountaine, explores the pre-fame life of designer Coco Chanel.
       “Bamako,” released in 2006 and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, will air 6:30 p.m., April 7 in the Spotts Auditorium. The film depicts a trial that takes place in Bamako, the capital of Mali. The two sides argue whether the World Bank and corruption are responsible for many poverty-stricken African countries. American actor Danny Glover guest stars. Tom Daddesio, associate professor of modern languages and cultures, will introduce the film.
       The animated movie “Panique Au Village” (“A Town Called Panic”), will be shown 6:30 p.m., April 8 in ATS Auditorium. Jon Shumway, associate professor of art, will introduce the film. Released in 2009 and directed by Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar, the movie was inspired by the manic energy of the Marx Brothers and old cartoons.
       SRU’s French Film Festival is a collaboration of the French Club, International Arts and Cultures Series and Student Government Association. SRU received a grant from the Tournées Festival, with support from the cultural services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture, to support the film festival.