Tournees Festival turns us on … to films!

With a slew of award-winning films placed securely under its beret, the nationally acclaimed French and francophone âÄúTournées FestivalâÄù is coming to the University. The event, which will span the month of November, is being put on by âÄúThe Francophone Film Collaborative and Ciné ClubâÄù and the French and Italian Department. The films are good; the price is Brie free and the decision is easy. WHAT:âÄùNe Le Dis à PersonneâÄù (Tell No One) WHEN: Wednesday Nov. 5, 6 p.m. WHERE: Bell Museum Auditorium Pediatrician Alexandre BeckâÄôs wife Margot was brutally murdered eight years ago while the couple vacationed at their lake house. When two new bodies are found near the place where she died, the police begin to suspect him. Suddenly Beck receives an e-mail âÄî from his wife. âÄúNe Le Dis à PersonneâÄù is directed by French heartthrob/actor Guillaume Canet. It is based on a novel by Harlan Coben and took home four prizes at the Cesar awards including best director for Canet as well as best actor for Francois Cluzet in his portrayal of Alexandre Beck. Do you usually shy away from suspense films? Try this one on for size; French film has a way of righting Hollywood wrongs. WHAT: âÄúLe Plafond de VerreâÄù (The Glass Ceiling.) WHEN: Friday Nov. 7, 6 p.m. WHERE: 275 Nicholson Hall âÄúThe Glass CeilingâÄù is an American expression, which refers to the invisible wall of prejudice that prevents the female gender from being able to attain the same level of success as men in the workplace. Director Yamina Benguigui utilizes this same analogy in her documentary âÄúLa Plafonde de VerreâÄù to examine immigrants in the job world and the challenges they meet based on ethnic discrimination. WHAT: âÄú10eme Chambre âÄî Instants dâÄôAudienceâÄù WHEN: Tuesday Nov. 11, 6 p.m. WHERE: UMN Law School, Room 40 Raymond Depardon shows us just how differently the French justice system works in his documentary about the first cameras ever allowed in a French courtroom. The film shows the stories of 12 people and their specific encounters with the law. Some defendants are silent, while others make passionate speeches in their own defense. DepardonâÄôs film shows the inequities and class differences in Parisian society, and gives us a glimpse into some of the countryâÄôs most pressing social issues. WHAT: Inch Allah Dimanche WHEN: Friday Nov. 14, 7 p.m. WHERE: 113 N. 1st St. (Alliance Francaise) An earlier film by Yamina Benguigui, âÄúInch Allah DimancheâÄù (Inch Allah Sunday) is a memoir recounting an immigrant familyâÄôs struggles adapting to life in France. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France where he has been living and working for the last 10 years. WHAT: Moliere WHEN: Wednesday Nov. 19, 6 p.m. WHERE: Bell Museum Auditorium Laurent TirardâÄôs 2007 film about the celebrated playwright has little to do with theater, and a lot to do with ladies. More specifically, it chronicles MoliereâÄôs ability to attain them. A lustful Frenchman? Who would have thought? WHAT: Reves de Poussiere WHEN: Friday Nov. 21, 6 p.m. WHERE: Nicholson Hall 275 In this rare and beautifully shot film, Laurent Salgues tells the story of Mocktar, a young Nigerian peasant who immigrates to Burkina Faso to work in a gold mine only to find that the rush has ended and the citizens merely exist out of habit. Through watching the workers search for tiny flecks of gold, Mocktar finds that they are actually looking for something else: a better life. WHAT: LâÄôAvocat de la Terreur WHEN: Tuesday Nov. 25, 6 p.m. WHERE: UMN Law School Room 25 Lawyer Jacques Verges âÄîpossibly the most controversial figure alive today âÄî has been called everything from an âÄúAnti-Colonialist,âÄù to a âÄúRight-Wing Extremist.âÄù He was responsible for the defense of Saddam Hussein, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, Algerian FLN freedom fighters and members of CambodiaâÄôs Khmer Rouge. He was also said to have been friends with Pol Pot. When asked if he would have defended Hitler, VergesâÄô response was that he would even defend George W. Bush. Zing! Director Barbet Schroeder sheds light on this enigmatic character and leads us to some shocking conclusions in his film, which translates to mean âÄúTerrorâÄôs Lawyer.âÄù