French actress and director to Skype with students


    TCU students are getting a firsthand account of the French movie industry.

    Thursday evening, French actress, director and screenwriter, Emmanuelle Bercot, will answer students’ questions through a video Skype session about the French movie industry and culture as part of TCU’s first Tournées French Festival

    The Tournées French Festival consists of a film shown every week from January until the first week of March.

    The purpose of the festival is to get the TCU community more aware and acquainted with foreign cultures. 

    The event will be at 5 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom. It is free of charge and open to the public. 

    Bercot is best known for her films “Clement,” “Polisse” and “On My Way,” that she directed and wrote. 

    “On My Way,” her most recent film, has been screened at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals.

    Students will be able to ask Bercot questions about her job as a director, actress and screenwriter. 

    “The interest for me is less in the telling of the stories as in the will to describe states and exacerbate perceptions,” Bercot said as part of her directing philosophy. 

    Kristen Lacefield, an English professor, and Josh Blaylock, assistant professor of French, are heading the Tournees French Festival for TCU.

    Lacefield said it is important for the TCU community to learn about French culture and be more globally aware, especially in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France.

    Collaborative efforts like the Tournées Film Festival help put TCU on the map, Lacefield said.

    So far “Ernest and Celestine,” “Grigris,” “Mauvais Sang,” and “On My Way” have been part of the films shown for the Tournées Film Festival.

    Next week “The French Minister” will be presented followed by “Chicken and Plums” on March 3. 

    All of the films are subtitled in English and there is a ten-minute open discussion after each showing. 

    The film screening is in the Moudy North building, room 141 on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The films are open to all students and faculty. 

    The TCU Discovering Global Citizenship Initiative, the Department of English and the Department of Modern Language Studies are sponsoring the question and answer session with Bercot.