French Film Series to Begin Wednesday, Nov. 7

THIBODAUX – The Nicholls State University International Film Club, in conjunction with the Tournées Festival, will present a five-part series of French films beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Le Bijou Theater on the Nicholls campus.

“Poetry is in the streets” forms the basis for the French documentary which opens the series of five contemporary films. “Chats Perches” (“The Case of the Grinning Cat”) 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, “La poésie est dans la rue,” (“poetry is in the streets”) 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, “Gabrielle,” based on the novel “The Return” by Joseph Conrad.

Cibelli said the series is funded through a grant Nicholls sought from Tournées 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 Club’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