October 25 2006
The first film of the series, "De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete," will be shown Nov. 5. "De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete" is a reinterpretation of James Toback's 1978 cult neo-noir film "Fingers." Director Jacques Audiard combines equal parts Bach and rock, in a groundbreaking Gallic transformation of a thoroughly American genre: gangster-seeking-redemption film. Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas appears destined to follow in the footsteps of his slumlord father. In an unexpected encounter with the agent of his late mother (who was a classical musician), it reignites Tom's long-buried desire for life as a concert pianist. When the agent proposes an audition, Tom finds a special teacher and propels himself back into his almost forgotten world of classical music, even as he continues to strong-arm deadbeats and other thugs under pressure from his father. As the conflict between his parents' widely disparate spheres intensifies, Tom feels his longing to be a musician undermining his place in the shadows of the Paris underworld.
Tim Crain, assistant professor of music history and literature, will share his thoughts about the film and lead a discussion following the showing. Crain teaches courses in the music history sequence, music appreciation, and the upper-division music period courses.
This event is free and open to the public.
The films will be shown in French with English subtitles. All films begin at 7 p.m. in the browsing area of the library. Other films scheduled for the series include "Le Grand Voyage," on Nov. 8 with discussion by Robert Hunter, ISU history department; "Moolade, " on Nov. 9 with discussion by Rebecca Upton, DePauw University anthropology department; "L?"squive," on Nov. 15 with discussion by Kerri Berg and Erin Doyle, ISU department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics; "L'Enfant," on Nov. 16 with discussion by Sharon Russell, emeriti faculty member of the ISU communication department; "Notre Musique," on Nov. 19 with discussion by Chris Fischer, ISU history department.
The Tourné¥³ Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC) and The Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.
Additional funding is being provided by the Department of History and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
For more information on the series, contact Christopher Mehrens, Cunningham Memorial Library, at (812) 237-2058.
Contact: Christopher Mehrens, Cunningham Memorial Library, (812) 237-2058
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library is one of three sites in Indiana to catch films from the Tournees Film Festival, a series of six current award-winning French films.