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Hope College Presents

French Film Festival

Thursday, January 30 –
Saturday, February 1, 2014

Join us January 30 – February 1 for a series of contemporary French films being shown as part of the Hope College French Film Festival!  All films are FREE and open to the general public, and include a post-screening discussion led by members of the Hope College faculty. Note that all films are in French, but will include English subtitles.


Thursday, January 30 – Knickerbocker Theatre

Berlin 1885: The scramble for Africa – 4:00pm

*Sponsored by the Hope College History DepartmentTrailer:http://icarusfilms.com/new2011/ber.html
Discussion Panelist: Lauren Janes (History)

Synopsis: It is 1885 in Berlin, Germany, and the European and American leaders are gathered at Chancellor Otto von Bismarck’s home to divvy up Africa amongst themselves. Directed by Joël Calmette, this beautifully-made documentary invites the audience to join the conference, whose far-reaching effects on colonialism and African development continue today.

L’Affaire Farewell – 7:00pm

Discussion Panelists: Sander deHaan (German/Russian) and Janis Gibbs (History)

Synopsis: Based on a little-known true story, Christian Carion’s film dramatically portrays a Cold War spy tale straight from the files of the CIA. Sergei Grigoriev is a KGB colonel who, upset with the Communist regime, leaks top-secret information to Pierre, a French spy. The classified information soon spreads to the French intelligence agency, the CIA, and President Reagan, and ultimately contributes to the downfall of the Communist regime. The film also explores the characters’ personal struggles in relation to their cultural contexts. 


Friday, January 31 – Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

Les femmes du 6ème étage – 7 :00pm

Discussion Panelists: Berta Carrasco de Miguel (Spanish), Stacey Johnson (Spanish), Priscilla Atkins (Women's Studies)

Synopsis: This pleasant intercultural comedy set in 1960's Paris and directed by Philippe Le Guay follows Jean-Louis, a bourgeois businessman as he learns about the plight of newly arrived Spanish maids, refugees from Franco’s regime. His change of heart begins with learning his own maid, Maria’s, story, and while he helps the group of maids, they introduce him to their culture in return. 


Saturday, February 1 – Knickerbocker Theatre

La pirogue – 3:00pm

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2369023/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Discussion Panelists: Ernest Cole (English), Maria Claudia Andre (Spanish)

Pirogue: the long, narrow canoe used by a group of intrepid Senegalese immigrants to get to Spain in Moussa Touré’s epic film. Led by fisherman Baye Laye, the members of the group hope to find economic relief in Spain, but must battle perils as theycross the sea to seek a better life. The movie portrays the harsh realities faced by many immigrant populations in search of a better life. 

Monsieur Lazhar – 7:00pm 

*Co-sponsored by the Hope College Phelps Scholars Program
Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2011971/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Discussion Panelists: Yolanda Vega (Phelps Scholars), John Yelding (Education)

Synopsis: Philippe Falardeau’s touching film follows the title character, a recent immigrant to Quebec from Algeria, as he finds his place replacing a middle-school teacher who recently committed suicide. The movie chronicles his struggles as well as those of his students, and how they learn to relate to each other through compassion and respect. 


*The Film Festival Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors that made this festival possible: Hope College Cultural Affairs Committee, the Office of Multicultural Life and International Education, the Office of Events and Conferences, the Phelps Scholars Program, as well as the departments of Modern and Classical Languages, Political Science, International Studies, and History.

Directions and Parking Information

Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423. Their information line is 616-395-7890. For more information, please see: http://hope.edu/arts/knick/directions.html

Winants Auditorium is located in Graves Hall at 363 College Avenue, Holland, MI 49423, adjacent to Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Public parking is available on 8th Street, in downtown lots, and in visitor parking lots on the Hope College campus (http://maps.hope.edu/)