SNC hosts the Tournées French Film Festival

Film Festival RSVP

Sierra Nevada College is hosting The Tournées Festival, featuring contemporary French cinema April 6th-9th, 2011. The Festival is hosted by SNC's language program and made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. Community sponsors have also added to the French theme with wine tastings, receptions, and discounted dinners for the event. French cultural games, door prizes, and lively 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, which will support future programming.


Film Descriptions:

French dinner in Patterson Hall from 4:30-7pm
Screening from 7-9pm | TCES 139/141 
Directed by Christophe Honoré | 88 min | NR | Adult Content

The Beautiful Person will automatically appeal to the student body at Sierra Nevada College, as students naturally enjoy seeing themselves reflected through film. As such, student life will serve as a common dominator for American and French students. The aesthetic acumen of the director and dreamy music from Nick Drake will attract a large number of art students at the college, who appreciate mise en scene and creative use of style. 

French wine lecture and tasting courtesy of Incline Spirits & Cigars
Lecture and screening from 7-9pm | TCES 139/141
Directed by Michel Gondry | 86 min | NR | Adult Content

The work and even critical acclaim of director Michel Gondry is familiar to American cinephiles and initiates alike.  Despite their formal inventiveness, his films have appealed to a wide audience—one thinks, for instance, of his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Gondry will help to introduce audience members who may not have extensive experience with French film into the world of French cinema.

HOME | Friday, April 8
Wine lecture and tasting courtesy of Incline Spirits & Cigars
Lecture and screening from 7-9 pm | TCES 139/141
Directed by Ursula Meier | 86 min | NR | Some Nudity

One of the four, fundamental mission statements of Sierra Nevada College is sustainability. The idyllic isolation featured in Home mirrors the life of the small towns surrounding Lake Tahoe. Key themes of environmental crisis at the hands of industrial development will resonate with local residents, as the Lake Tahoe community has struggled to protect the environment from development and more rampant forms of tourism.

| Saturday, April 9
Matinee ideal for middle and high school French students
Screening from1-3pm | TCES 106
Directed by Olivier Assayas | 100 min | NR

The familiar face of Juliette Binoche will certainly appeal to those both familiar and unfamiliar with French cinema.  The focus on family customs and relationships in Summer Hours will allow the audience to discover the intricate nuances of French culture amidst issues of globalization and its effect on French national heritage.  The audience will be exposed to the multi-dimensionality of French culture while viewing such iconic symbols of French culture, such as the Musee d'Orsay.


Closing reception and screening of an Academy Award winner
Hyatt Regency from 6-9pm | Lakeside Ball Room
Special French dinner in the Lone Eagle Grille (call 775.886.6899 for reservations)
Directed by Anne Fontaine | 110 min | PG-13

A few of our students have professed that Amelie is their favorite French film and have become endeared to the actress Audrey Tautou as a result.  The rags to riches journey of international fashion icon, Coco Chanel, is a story that will intrigue both students and the community at large.  The cultural significance of Coco Chanel, from her status as a visionary and fashion pioneer to an international figure who helped revolutionize the role of women in society, is an aspect of French history that demonstrates the tenacity of the French spirit, as well as the avant-garde movements that have originated in France.

Contact Information:

SNC Humanities Instructors
Dr. Samantha Bankston |
Dr. Robert King |

Special Events Director
Debi Noonan |