Tournees festival continues Thursday with 'Curling'

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Monday – April 1, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The 2013 Tournées Festival of New French Films at Northern Kentucky University continues on Thursday, April 4, with two screenings of “Curling” – one at 3:30 p.m. and another at 7 p.m., both in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium.

The film, which features English subtitles, runs 92 minutes and was produced in 2010. It is the singular fifth film by director Denis Côté. Set in a bleak, rural town in Quebec, the film focuses on the odd, touching relationship between Jean-François and his 12-year-old daughter, Julyvonne. Confined to the house by her pathologically overprotective father, Julyvonn keeps herself occupied by reading and occasionally talking to the corpses she finds in the woods near her home. After the arrival of Isabelle, their relationship will take another direction.

A trailer for the film is available at

With a two-story digital-tile screen, multiple-speaker surround sound and stadium-style seating, the Rieveschl Digitorium offers one of the finest movie-viewing facilities in the region.

The Tournées program is sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange, which provides grant money for colleges and universities to host film festivals showcasing some of the best of recent French cinema. In 2010, the NKU Cinema Studies Program partnered with the departments of English and world languages and literatures to make NKU the first school in the region to host the Tournées.

Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation and highbrow entertainment. Additional sponsors include the NKU Department of English, Department of World Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences, and Cincinnati World Cinema.

Admission to each of the films is free to students and anyone with an NKU ID and just $5 for the general public. Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by an NKU faculty member. Advanced tickets can be reserved by contacting Tiffany Budd in the NKU Department of World Languages and Literatures at (859) 572-7650 or

Upcoming Tournées Festival Screenings

April 11: Les Femmes Du 6Ème Ètage (The Women on the 6th Floor), Philippe Le Guay; 104 minutes (2010)
Set in 1962, "The Women on the 6th Floor" centers on the transformation of third-generation stockbroker Jean-Louis, husband of a brittle, insecure woman from the provinces and father of two boarding-school brats. The self-centered businessman starts to discover his altruistic side after the arrival of the new Spanish maid María, who stirs deep compassion in Jean-Louis with her stories of working 15 hours a day as a teenager at a tobacco factory back home during Franco’s regime.

April 18: Le Gamin Au Vélo (The Kid with a Bike), Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne; 87 minutes (2011)
Featured on 10 best lists around the world, this sublime tale of love and redemption begins with an 11-year-old boy in frantic, desperate motion. Refusing to acknowledge that he’s been abandoned by his father, Cyril escapes the children’s home where he’s been living. As the authorities from the children’s home catch up with him, Cyril, refusing to return, tightly grips a total stranger, a woman named Samantha, who will prove to be the heartbroken boy’s savior.

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