French Department Presents Tournées Film Festival

January 21st, 2021

For the second consecutive year, the Department of French & Italian has received a grant to host the Tournées Film Festival, this year presenting a virtual, weekly series of seven films.


Faculty and graduate students will introduce and lead discussions after each film, providing context and insight into the various selections that showcase the diversity and richness of French cinema. The series runs from Jan. 28 through March 18, most screening at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and all films will include English subtitles. All screenings are free and open to the public. Visit for full details, including registration links. 


“We are thrilled to invite you to join us, virtually, for one or for all seven screenings at this year’s Tournées Film Festival. Each Thursday evening will be a space to come together over a series of cinematic journeys. Whether a documentary, a romantic comedy, or of another genre entirely, each of these films promises to be a thought-provoking lens through which to look at various aspects of language, of culture, and of their intersections and their tensions,” said Drs. Lucy Swanson and Kris Knisely, festival organizers. 


Jan. 28, 5 p.m. – Mariannes Noires (with special guest, Director, Dr. Mame-Fatou Niang)

Feb. 4, 7 p.m. – Portrait of a Lady on Fire/Le Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Dr. Lucy Swanson)

Feb. 11, 7 p.m. – Afrique sur Seine/Africa on the Seine, etc. (Dr. Aurélia Mouzet)

Feb. 18, 7 p.m. – The State against Nelson Mandela (Dr. Phyllis Taoua)

March 4, 7 p.m. – Première année/The Freshman (Dr. Lilia Coropceanu/Dr. Carine Bourget)

March 11, 7 p.m. – Varda by Agnès (Sally McCallum)

March 18, 7 p.m. – Chambre 212/On a magical night (Dr. Ania Wroblewski)


Founded in 1995, the Tournées Film Festival has partnered with more than 700 universities, reaching an audience of more than half a million students and community members all across the United States. The festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres—fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films— giving participants the opportunity to expand their programming and for audiences to experience French cinema through a wider lens.


Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment. The pre-festival screening of Mariannes Noires is made possible with the support of the Department of French & Italian at the University of Arizona.