An Amuse Bouche, Le Vin Francais, and Abundant Films at 7th Annual Tournees French Film Festival

Renata Adams playing "La Vie en Rose"

April in Paris may be the song, but for us it's "March in Newport" for sheer Gallic charm, festivities, and culture, as the annual Tournees French Film Festival of Salve Regina University brought cutting edge French cinema to town, along with a taste of Parisian bistros.


Opening night was so oversubscribed  that cineastes had to be turned away from the Jane Pickens Theater, where wine was flowing, hors d'oeuvres being served, and accordion music by Renata Adams was playing.  The opening  film, La Noms de Gens, was a  charming and wise film about a free-spirited young woman, who has a particular way of seeing political engagement, who meets Arthur Martin, a discreet forty-something who has the soul and demeanor of an accountant. She imagines him to be a fascist. But names are deceitful and appearances deceiving, as the mismatched pair work things through, in spite of differences of temperament and nationality.


Sister Therese M. Antone

Introduced by Allen Antone and Sister Jane Gerety, the Festival went on to present many films dealing thoughtfully with the problems of immigrants and integration, including "Rapt", a realistic kidnap thriller and compelling character study of a powerful industrialist who leads a double life. "Le Havre", a humanistic tale of working-class community and friendship in the port city of Le Havre, again involving immigration.


A reception sponsored by Alliance Française of Newport followed "Le Havre" and the closing night's "Women on the 6th Floor/Les Femmes du 6e étage",  a comedy about class relations in 60's Paris when bourgeois life is turned upside down by Spanish maids living on the 6th floor, was followed by a closing night coffee.


The crowd at opening night



After opening night, films were screend at the O'Hare Academic Center on the Salve Regina campus.


Attendance at all films was very high, as was the patrons' appreciation of them.  Vive le Tournees French Film Festival! Merci, Salve Regina University!






Hors d'oeuvres & French wine

Sarah McDonough

Dennis Zoulardi & Gary Brophy

Disappointed, no room!

Awaiting the film in the packed theater

Sister Jane Gerety

Sister Jane Gerety & Allen Antone introducing the Festival












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