THIBODAUX â€“ The Nicholls State University International Film Club, in conjunction with the TournÃ©es Festival, will present a five-part series of French films beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Le Bijou Theater on the Nicholls campus.
â€œPoetry is in the streetsâ€ forms the basis for the French documentary which opens the series of five contemporary films. â€œChats Perchesâ€ (â€œThe Case of the Grinning Catâ€) documents graffiti, which appeared in Paris beginning in 2001, featuring a grinning yellow cat. Directed by Chris Marker, this 2004 film echoes a 1968 slogan, â€œLa poÃ©sie est dans la rue,â€ (â€œpoetry is in the streetsâ€) as it responds to conditions following Sept. 11, 2001.
Dr. Deborah Cibelli, professor of art, will introduce this film, which will be followed by others on Nov. 28, Jan. 28, Feb. 13 and March 12. At the concluding presentation, local filmmakers Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit will discuss international filmmaking and introduce the feature, â€œGabrielle,â€ based on the novel â€œThe Returnâ€ by Joseph Conrad.
Cibelli said the series is funded through a grant Nicholls sought from TournÃ©es Festival, which seeks to promote contemporary French films on university campuses as an introduction to the richness of diversity of contemporary French cinema. Each of the films is either subtitled or has English voiceovers.
The series is also supported by the Houma Regional Arts Council and is being presented as part of the International Film Clubâ€™s program. All films will be shown in Le Bijou Theater in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union on the campus of Nicholls State University. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (985) 448-4598 or visit the festival Web site at http://www.nicholls.edu/french_film_festival/