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McNeese French film fest opens with ‘Francofonia’ tonight

The Tournées French Film Festival returns to the Mc-Neese State University campus on Thursdays in March with the film “Francofonia” 6 p.m. tonight in Baker Auditorium in Farrar Hall. Admission is free.

“Francofonia” is a 2015 film by internationally acclaimed Russian director Alexander Sokurov. Part documentary and part drama, the film focuses on the collaboration between the Louvre Museum director Jacques Jaujard and the German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich who, during World War II, worked together to ensure the Louvre’s artworks wouldn’t be destroyed or looted as German troops invaded France.

With a blend of archival footage, real and invented recreations, and philosophical narration, the film considers all of the Louvre’s rich and long history — first as a fortress in the 12th century, then as a palace and finally as a museum holding some of the greatest works of art.

The Tournées Film Festival is a program of the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the festival aims to bring the diversity and richness of French cinema to American college and university campuses all across the United States.

All films are subtitled in English. Other films and dates are listed as follows:

l “Mon amie Victoria (My Friend Victoria)” — March 9.

l “Loin des hommes (Far From Men)” — March 16.

l “Phantom Boy” — March 19. (Sunday) — family friendly film

l “Saint Laurent” — March 23.

l “L’armée des ombres (Army of Shadows)” — March 30.

The film festival is sponsored by the McNeese Department of English and Foreign Languages. For more information, call 475-5326 or email Melanie Dees, at mdees@mcneese.edu.

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