It’s April in Paris and Melbourne, too, as Florida Tech has won a Tournees Festival Grant to put on a festival of contemporary, critically acclaimed French
films. Carla Funk, special projects coordinator in the Office for Advancement, and Dr. Gordon Patterson, professor of humanities, successfully applied for
the grant, which pays for rental fees and rights to screen the films.
The festival begins Wednesday, April 5, with Les Choristes (The Chorus) at 7 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center. An opening reception at 5:30 p.m.
in the center lobby precedes the screening. Admission is free. Films will be shown in the original French language with English subtitles.
Les Choristes (2005) is a story of the power of music to transform lives as well as about growing up when France was starting to emerge from the
devastation of World War II. It won awards for Best Music and Best Sound at the 2005 César Awards and for Best Composer at the 2004 European Film Awards.
Screenings will continue on Sunday, April 16 at 4 p.m. with Jean-Luc Goddard’s Notre Musique, winner for Best Film at the 2004 San Sebastian International
Film Festival; Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. with Fear and Trembling, winner of Best Actress Award at the 2004 César Awards; Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m.
with Le Grand Voyage, a winner at the 2004 Venice Film Festival; and on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m., with À tout de suite, an official selection at the
2004 cannes Film Festival.
The Tournees Festival is sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange. The festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the
French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. For more information, contact Carla Funk at (321) 674-6129. Bienvenu!