The Tournees Festival of New French Films returns to Northern Kentucky University each Wednesday (at 3:30 p.m.) and Thursday (at 7 p.m.) through April 28. Sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange and nurtured to the area by Dr. John Alberti, director of NKU's cinema studies program, the fest opens this week with Philippe Lioret's Welcome, which is described as “both a study of budding friendship and a compassionate look at the perils faced by illegal immigrants.”
Future screenings include Karen Albou's The Wedding Song; Catherine Breillat's Bluebeard; Claire Denis' excellent 35 Shots of Rum; and Josiane Balasko's A French Gigolo. If you've detected a certain theme, you'd be right — each of the films is directed by a woman.
Screenings take place in the Otto Budig Theatre at NKU's University Center. Each will include a post-screening discussion led by an NKU faculty member. Free for NKU students, $5 for general public. Click here for more information on the festival.