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Young Harris College to Host French Film Festival

Friday, March 1, 2013

Author: Ali Hatley
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237,

Young Harris College to Host French Film Festival

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will host The Tournées Festival featuring innovative French films Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, 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.

“Thanks to the generosity of the French American Cultural Exchange, we have the opportunity to show some of the most beautiful, well-crafted and thoughtful films being made in contemporary Francophone nations free of charge to the campus and local community,” said YHC Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D. “We hope that these movies will entertain and generate interesting conversations on YHC’s campus.”

Five French films will be featured during the festival, which will kick off with an opening reception at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15. The festival’s first screening at 7:30 p.m. will feature the winner of the 2008 Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, Entre les Murs (The Class), which is based on a best-selling book about a class at a diverse Parisian public junior high school.

The festival will continue with the animated comedy Une Vie de Chat (A Cat in Paris) on Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m., followed by Tomboy, a sensitive portrait of childhood, on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, March 17, the festival will conclude with a screening of Coco Before Chanel, a fascinating exploration of the pre-fame life of the world’s greatest fashion designer, at 3 p.m., followed by the Academy Award-winning homage to silent-era Hollywood, The Artist, at 7 p.m.

Each screening will include an audience discussion at the conclusion of the film.

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. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, 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 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit