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Francophone Film Festival: Flandres

February 20, 2009 ( 7:00PM )

The Department of Foreign Languages at Kennesaw State University will be hosting the 4th annual Francophone Film Festival, February 16 – February 20, 2009. This event was made possible by a grant from the Tournées Film Festival.

Admission is free.

Moderator: Dr. Gerrit Voogt, Associate Professor of History

Flanders is a peaceful and quiet countryside. Time moves slowly, and talk is rare. André Demester divides his time between his farm and silent walks with Barbe, his childhood friend. He loves her secretly and painfully, accepting that she wants to remain free. In the land, their only witness, they share crude moments of physical love and a closeness that is above words. There is not much to do in Flanders, opportunities are few and far between. Along with the others his age, Demester leaves home to be a soldier in a war in a far off land. There, the terrible reality of the war strikes and the group of friends must act in accordance with their environment. The harshness of fighting hits them as hard as the boredom of Flanders drained them. Training, machine guns, noise and fear transform André's behavior in the most atrocious way and turn him into a warrior. As the seasons go by, Barbe, alone and wasting away, feels the soldiers' despair and waits for them to return. She carries the burden of their suffering, but also the child of one of them… André returns to Flanders as a shadow, a schizophrenic. Barbe's love may be his only salvation.

Event Location:
Kennesaw State University
Social Sciences Building
Bldg #402 , Room 1021

Directions and Parking:
Off-campus visitors should park in Visitor parking.