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International film festival, hosted by Pacific University, returns to Forest Grove.

COURTESY PHOTO: TOURNEES FILM FESTIVAL - 'Tazzeka' is one of the films to be shown at the TournÉes Film Festival, on Friday, Oct. 25, at Taylor Auditorium at Pacific University. Who doesn't love a free movie?

As colder weather approaches and summer fun shifts toward indoor activities Forest Grove's international film festival is back just in time.

The Tournées Film Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Forest Theater, 1911 Pacific Ave., with "Les Garçons Sauvages."

The festival is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, the French American Cultural Fund, the Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.

COURTESY PHOTO: TOURNEES FILM FESTIVAL - Les Garçons Sauvages will kick-start the TournÉes Film Festival on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Forest Theater.The grant program gives out about $200,000 to campuses to encourage communities to learn more about French arts and culture, but also to celebrate international film.

Pacific University is one of several universities in the United States to receive money to put on the festival, and one of the few in the Pacific Northwest.

Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, a French professor at Pacific University, applied for a grant to bring the festival to Washington County.

This is Pacific University's third year receiving the green light to show films.

The grant money covers the costs of the films to be distributed and through fundraising, Pacific's French program hopes to be able to self-sustain the festival in the future and already has enough money to do it again in 2020, de Larquier said.

She hopes this year will be as successful as last year's.

COURTESY PHOTO: TOURNEES FILM FESTIVAL - 'L'hÉritage de la Chouette' is a film essay about Ancient Greeces influence on Europe and screens Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Forest Theater. "We are doing a good job with involving several disciplines and professors," de Larquier said. "We already have money to do this again next year, and I feel empowered to do it, especially with the support of clubs and programs."

All the films will be screened at the Forest Theater except for a special night at the Taylor Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 25, for the film "Tazzeka" at 7:30 p.m.

The screenings are free to the public and will have English subtitles. This year's films come in a variety of languages, including French, German and Greek. Professors from the university will lead an educational discussion for each film.

Here is the movie lineup:

"Les Garçons Sauvages" (or "Wild Boys") — 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. A gender-bending 35mm black-and-white film about "five teenage miscreants sent on a boat journey with a mysterious Dutch captain who has promised to bring them back to their parents as obedient boys — or not at all." A post-film discussion will be led by Aaron Greer, a sociology and anthropology professor.

"Une Jeunesse Allemande" (or "A German Youth") — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. A 1970s documentary addressing Germany's leftist terrorism "with questions about the legacy of Nazism, the role of government, the duty of intellectuals, and the responsibilities of the media." A post-film discussion will be led by Lorely French, a Pacific University professor of German.

"Tazzeka" — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Swirling around the story of a Moroccan man moving to France to learn culinary arts, the film addresses immigration issues. A discussion will be led by Marcus Welsh, an assistant professor of Spanish. This event will screen on Pacific University's campus as part of Pacific's "Around the World" event.

"Le Concours" — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. A French-language film about one of the toughest film schools in France and the highs and lows of hopefuls trying to get in. A discussion will be led by Jennifer Hardacker, a film studies professor at Pacific University.

"I Am Not Your Negro" — 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. An acclaimed English-language documentary in which Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck examines racism in America, from the Civil Rights movement to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement. History professor Lisa Szefel will lead a discussion before the movie.

"L'héritage de la Chouette" (or "The Owl's Legacy") — 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. For the final date, a film essay about ancient Greece's influence on Europe. Director Chris Marker interviews philosophers, artists and scholars about the topic. Assistant philosophy professor Ian O'Loughlin will lead a discussion afterward.

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