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French Film Festival Continues Feb. 14

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son), the third film in Westminster College's Tournées Film Festival, will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

The contemporary film will be subtitled in English.  A discussion will follow the screening.

The 2007 film is directed by Eric Guirado.  Nicolas Cazalé, the male lead, earned a César Award nomination for Most Promising Actor.

The movie tells the story of 30-year-old Antoine (Cazalé), who must leave his apartment and dead-end job in Paris to run the family business, a small mobile grocery store in Provence, after his father's sudden heart attack.  Although Antoine is curt and surly with almost everyone, he is accompanied by his beautiful, confident neighbor Claire (Clothilde Hesme), who has more business sense and helps him improve his skills.

Additional films are: Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), Feb. 21; and Entre les murs (The Class), Feb. 28.

The Tournées Festival is hosted by Westminster's Departments of Modern Languages and English in conjunction with the Jake Erhardt International Film Series.  The festival is supported by a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange and support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Culture (CNC), The Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, and Highbrow Entertainment.

Westminster faculty involved in planning and organizing the festival are: Dr. Andrew Ade, associate professor of English; Dr. Jeffrey Bersett, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Modern Languages; Dr. Leslie Kealhofer, visiting assistant professor of French; and Dr. Deborah Mitchell, professor of English and film studies. 

Contact Kealhofer at (724) 946-6260 or email for additional information.  Click here for additional information about the festival, the films, and a complete schedule.