YHC to Host French Film Festival

Monday, January 30, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College to Host French Film Festival

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will host The Tournées Festival featuring innovative French films Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 2-4, and Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The festival is presented by the Young Harris College English Majors Organization in collaboration with the departments of English and foreign languages at YHC. The event is free and open to the public.

Five French comedies will be featured during the festival, which will kick off with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D., will present an introduction regarding the facets of French comedy prior to a screening of the charming animated film L’Illusioniste at 7 p.m.

The festival will continue with stop-animation film Panique au Village on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., romantic comedy Potiche on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m., and quirky farcical comedy Cliente on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Each screening will include a brief introduction provided by YHC students, as well as an audience discussion at the conclusion of the film.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the festival will conclude with a screening of Eldorado at 3 p.m. that will feature an introduction by Jeremy Groskopf, a Ph.D. candidate in film studies at Georgia State University.

The Tournées Festival is presented by the French American Cultural Exchange in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American colleges and universities. Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, The Centre National de la Cinématographie, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Grand Marnier Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.                                                        

The Tournées Festival program distributes grants annually to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. The Tournées Festival has partnered with more than 350 campuses across the United States during the last 16 years, making it possible for more than 450,000 students to discover French-language films.

For more information about The Tournées Festival at Young Harris College, call (706) 379-5224.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.