The Tournées Festival continues with Polisse on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m., in the Kirner-Johnson Building’s Bradford Auditorium. The film series is presented by the Department of French in collaboration with the Kirkland Art Center. Film showings are free and open to everyone; suggested donations of $3. to the Kirkland Art Center are welcome.
The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. The Kirkland Art Center is a non-profit, community arts organization on the village green in Clinton.
Polisse is based on real cases from the Paris Child Protection Unit (CPU) and examines the brutal tasks of 10 CPU officers. The film smartly explores the toll this grueling labor takes on the officers both on the job and at home. Marriages and other personal relationships unravel, once-close colleagues become bitter enemies and supervisors interfere with endless bureaucracy and red tape. But no matter the difficulties in their private and professional lives, these CPU cops remain constantly dedicated to rescuing society’s most vulnerable members from unspeakable harm.
The Tournées Festival is funded by an annual grant awarded to American colleges and universities to support the screening of contemporary French cinema. Grants are awarded in hopes that schools will begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. FACE is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing French-American relations through innovative international projects in the arts, education and cultural exchange.