A Bit of Paris Comes to Plymouth

February 21st, 2011 by Adam

Six films, representing a small portion of the French film industry, will be screened Friday, February 25, through Sunday, February 27, at the Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth.

The event, “Plymouth to Paris: The Tournées French Film Festival” is sponsored by Plymouth State University’s Department of Language and Linguistics and the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center.

Movies will be shown in blocks of two movies each on Friday night and Saturday night as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoon. An optional French dinner on Friday and Saturday night, or brunch on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, precede the screenings.

Dr. Katherine Harrington, Assistant Professor of French at PSU, says this festival will not only raise visibility for the French language and culture, but also give students and community members access to contemporary French films. France has a rich “cinematic tradition,” she says, and has produced more than a few great actors and directors.

Among the six films planned for the weekend are a romantic comedy, a “buddy” movie and an animated feature. While she was excited about all the film selection, Harrington was especially pleased to obtain “Coco Avant Chanel” (“Coco Before Chanel”), a biography of the famous fashion designer. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows Chanel’s rise from orphaned girl to Paris society. “It’s interesting to see what a revolutionary figure Coco was,” Harrington says. “She was somewhat of a feminist. The movie stars Audrey Tatou, who also appeared as “Sophie” in “The DaVinci Code.”

Non -French speakers need not worry; each film includes English sub-titles, which, Harrington notes, take just a few minutes to get used to.

For a full list of films, schedules, and dining options, visit flyingmonkeynh.com. Tickets may be purchased at the Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth.
The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC) with additional support from The Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation and highbrow entertainment.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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