Published: September 27, 2023
French Film Series To Show Works That “Challenge the Notion Of What Filmmaking Means Today”
The University of Tampa will screen the film Revoir Paris (2022) as the first film in UT’s Albertine Cinémathèque à UT: A French Film Series.
Revoir Paris, a story of a language translator who loses her memories after a mass shooting, will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Charlene A. Gordon Theater in the Ferman Center for the Arts.
The series is co-hosted by UT’s Department of Language and Linguistics and the Department of Film, Animation and New Media (FMX), which are excited to collaborate again to highlight the importance of considering different cultures. The theme for this year’s festival is auteurs modernes, as the featured filmmakers are rapidly defining modern French culture, conflicts and drama through distinct cinema aesthetics. The selected films ask the audiences to challenge the notion of what filmmaking means today, to ponder what inspires it and to experience how the art is interpreted by filmmakers with complex cultural identities.
"Being able to expose students to different points of view, to different ways of being and thinking through French film is an unparalleled opportunity for our campus community,” said Vanessa Rukholm, chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics and associate professor of French and Italian. “We have been so thrilled with the success of this film festival year after year and have received praise from both students and members of the Tampa community who have come to our campus to take in this unique experience."
Revoir Paris and other films in the series are free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved at this link. All screenings will be held in the Charlene A. Gordon Theater in the Ferman Center for the Arts. Other films are listed below:
- Saint-Omer (2022) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. Saint Omer follows novelist Rama through the up-and-down trial of a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter.
- L’innocent (2022) at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Louis Garrell wrote, directed and starred in this film about a young man intervening when he learns his mother is marrying a man from prison.
- Un Beau Matin (2022) at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30. Un Beau Matin stars Lea Seydoux (Inglorious Basterds, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Spectre) as a widowed young mother who reconnects with an old friend who is now married.
- Chocolat (1988) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Director Claire Denis’ (Beau Travail, High Life) feature debut — which tells the story of Aimeé, a white woman, reflecting on her upbringing and relationships in her hometown in Cameroon — was influenced by her own experience growing up in colonial French Africa.
- Serre-moi Fort (2021) at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Serre-moi Fort alternates between Clarisse’s adventures on the road and the family she left behind, while viewers are kept uncertain of the reality of each perspective until the final moments.
- Les Illusions Perdues (2021) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14. This film centers on Lucien, a young, unknown poet who leaves his family’s printing press and discovers the dark side of trying to succeed in the arts business.
- Les Enfants Des Autres (2022) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. The final film of the series also stars Virginie Efira, of Revoir Paris, as a dedicated high school teacher who forms a close bond with her boyfriend’s daughter.
Albertine Cinémathèque is a grant program by the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation that offers $2,400 to American universities to expand access to French cinema. For more information, contact Rukholm at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 257-3138 or Aaron Walker, chair and professor of FMX, at email@example.com or (813) 257-3976.