International French Film Festival runs through April 28th


Sierra Nevada College is hosting The Second Annual Tournées Festival – contemporary French cinema April 14-28, 2012. The Festival is hosted by the college and made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture and sponsored by The Hyatt Regency– Lake Tahoe, Incline Spirits and Cigars, and more to come.

The festival features wine tastings, receptions, and themed dinners throughout the event. Lively hosted French cultural and academic discussions will accompany each screening. The Films will be free to all students and the public is encouraged to attend for a suggested $10 donation to support future programs.
All films will screen at 7pm at Sierra Nevada College, with the exception of the April 17th screening and reception at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Lakeside Ballroom  and Lone Eagle Grille. 

Saturday, April 14

(Flight of the Red Balloon)

Includes wine lecture and tasting.
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien | 2007 | 113 min | NR | A mysterious red balloon affectionately follows Simon, a precocious, wide-eyed seven-year-old boy, around Paris. His mother Suzanne is a puppeteer. Single mother of two, Simon and an older sister, Suzanne went through a bad divorce and is now struggling with her multi-tasking as an artist, mother, and landlord. She decides to hire Song Fang as Simon’s nanny. Inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s classic 1956 short The Red Balloon, the flilm finds grace in the simplest details, and gently discovers an unseen Paris.

Tuesday, April 17

2 JOURS A PARIS (Two Days in Paris)
Screening and reception at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Lakeside Ballroom and Lone Eagle Grille. Includes dessert reception. French Fashion encouraged.

Director: Julie Delpy | 2007 | 93 min | NR |Jack is a sharp, neurotic New York designer; his girlfriend Marion is a smart, cagey, French photographer. They’ve been together in New York for two years and are spending two days in Paris. The trip puts their relationship to the ultimate test. Delpy weaves brilliant humor with a myriad of intellectual, political and psychological musings. She takes the stereotypical French versus American debates further and deeper, playing on both truth and the often total absurdity of this complex relationship.

Thursday, April 19

LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
Includes wine lecture and tasting. Enjoy a special French-themed dinner at SNC from 4:30-7pm.
Director: Julian Schnabel | 2007 | 112 min | PG-13 | As the editor of French ELLE, Jean-Dominique Bauby was a key player in Parisian social and cultural circles before suffering a massive stroke at the age of 43. He developed what doctors called a locked-in syndrome: he lost all muscle control, save his left eyelid. Blinking one letter at a time, he composed a book describing his new life. This is the basis of Julian Schnabel’s enthralling film in which Jean-Dominique Bauby summons enormous courage, determination and his soaring imagination to escape from his trap.

Tuesday April 24

This film is ideal for local students in middle and high schools.
Director: Laurent Cantet | 2008 | 128 min | PG-13 | The winner of the 2008 Palme d’Or at Cannes, the film follows a class at a diverse Parisian public junior high school. In an unusual example of art imitating life, the film was based on the best-selling book by real-life teacher François Bégaudeau, who also wrote the screenplay and plays himself in the film. As François attempts to teach the French language to his multi-ethnic students, he offers both the opportunity and the threat of modern cultural assimilation. No one is above reproach in this difficult and important film.

Saturday, April 28

Includes wine lecture and tasting 
Director: Jacques Audiard | 2008 | 149 min | R | Malik, a 19-year-old French-Arab, enters prison as an uneducated naïf and is thrust into rigidly defined social system rife with corruption, cronyism, and racism. Director Audiard’s intricate study of the bloody rules and rituals behind bars never once glorifies the shocking violence that becomes a rite of passage for Malik. A Prophet instead offers a clear-eyed examination of the ambiguous figure Malik cuts in maneuvering the laws and loyalties of the violent prison world.

Contact Information:

SNC Humanities Instructors
Dr. Robert King |

Special Events Director
Debi Noonan |