Step Up to the Plate, the final film in the Tournées Festival, will be shown on Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson Building. The screening, presented by the Department of French in collaboration with the Kirkland Art Center, is 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.
Step Up to the Plate is a hypnotic documentary from director Paul Lacoste about father-son master chefs Michel and Sébastien Bras. The film revolves around a particularly crucial moment for the Bras family: Michel is about to hand over control of the restaurant, located on a hilltop in the Aubrac region in southern France, to Sébastien. Lacoste examines not only the consummate skill involved in running a Michelin three-star restaurant but also larger questions regarding legacy and the anxiety of influence, all while sharing the visual pleasure of the development of their exquisite dishes.
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.