Film series focuses on French customs


On the evening of Jan. 27, the French department kicked off a French film series. The department will be showing six different films over the course of the next five weeks.

The first film shown was “Diplomacy.” Called “Diplomatie” in French, the film was directed by Volker Schlöndorff and based off of a play by Cyril Grey.

Inspired by a true story of World War II, Diplomacy” shows the story of a Swedish diplomat who travels to France to convince a German general not to bomb France. The diplomat tries to stay unbiased to the war, using only facts to persuade the general in order to save Paris.

During the film, the viewer can see clips from the war. Most of the movie, however, takes place in a hotel room where the diplomat and the general discuss the fate of Paris.

Though the festival has many purposes, Assistant Professor of French Sandrine Simeon, head of the festival, hopes that the film series will aid in informing people about the French program.

“Screening French films is a wonderful way to inspire discussion of varied aspects of French and Francophone culture among our students at [Susquehanna],” Simeon said.

This year, Susquehanna has welcomed its most diverse student body in its history, according to Simeon. This total includes a large number of international students and first-generation Americans.

Simeon spoke of a growing interest in cultured activities such as this film series and credits the interest to Susquehanna’s award-winning Global Opportunities program.

“There is a growing demand for activities that allow them to continue their exploration of other cultures and languages,” Simeon said.

“Our choice of films is motivated by the desire to present a variety of perspectives, themes and genre that will support the French curriculum and appeal to a broad spectrum of departments at [Susquehanna],” Simeon said.

The films were chosen to inspire collaboration, not only in the French department but across campus as well. Simeon said that the film series will support the central curriculum, especially in areas such as diversity, interdisciplinary study as well as language study.

“The festival will strengthen our collaboration with other colleges in the region, as well as our outreach to the local community,” Simeon said.

The festival will continue with “The Blue Room” on Feb. 2 in Faylor Lecture Hall; “The Nun,” on Feb. 11 in Faylor Lecture Hall; “A Summers Tale,” on Feb. 15 in Isaacs Auditorium; “Timbuktu,” on Feb.17 in Faylor Lecture Hall; and lastly “Moon Indigo,” on Feb. 23 in Faylor Lecture Hall.

All films will be shown at 7 p.m. All students and community members are welcome to any of the film showings.