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French Film Festival Comes to Southern Berkshires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2011

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
alicem@simons-rock.edu 
413-528-7443

Bard College at Simon’s Rock Presents Lingua Franca: French in the World

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—On Thursday, October 27th at 7 p.m, Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Tournées French Film Festival present Persepolis, the first of five award winning French films. French speakers (native and amateur), film buffs, and Francophiles of all sorts are invited to the free public showing in the College’s Lecture Center.

Each screening will begin with an introduction led by Simon’s Rock students and close with a post-film discussion relating the title film to the theme of "Lingua Franca: French in the World". Discussions will focus on ways the French language informs the presentation of the film’s content.

“The series as a whole addresses questions of immigration, colonization, identity, and the clash of cultures; the common ground is the use of French, which figures differently and significantly in each film,” explained Maryann Tebben, Associate Professor of French. “The students in my class are exploring a variety of literary genres and works from French and francophone authors. The films will serve as core texts for them.”

The Tournées Festival at Bard College at Simon’s Rock offers a variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. Future screenings include these important, awarding winning films: “Persepolis” (AWARDS: Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2007), “Summer Hours” (AWARDS: Best Foreign Film – New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2009), and “Of Gods and Men” (AWARDS: Grand Prix – Cannes Film Festival 2010)

Presented by The Liebowitz Center for International Studies and co-sponsored by the Division of Languages and Literature and the Division of Social Studies, the Tournées Festival at Bard College at Simon’s Rock is made possible with the support of the 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.

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock (www.simons-rock.edu) has been a leader in the early college movement for more than 40 years and continues to distinguish itself as the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. At Simon’s Rock, students experience a transformative education in the liberal arts and sciences in the company of smart, independent, creative peers who share their excitement about learning and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (AA) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree after four.