Yes, Paris is the City of Lights, but it's also one of the world's first cities of cinema. There are more theaters per capita there than anywhere else, and a thriving film industry currently produces an astounding 300 full-length features per year.
Only the light of the French movie industry's brightest stars reaches Boise, where French films sometimes screen at theaters like The Flicks, but on Fridays and Saturdays between now and Friday, Feb. 8, Boise State University will screen a few select titles, open to the public and free of charge, as part of the Tournees Film Festival.
Sponsored by a grant from the French government, Boise State's Department of World Languages and the Idaho Film Collection are staging screenings of six films, which begins with Makala on Jan. 24.
Future titles include 12 Jours on Friday, Jan. 25; I Am Not Your Negro on Thursday, Feb. 1; La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc on Thursday, Feb. 7; and L'Atelier on Friday, Feb. 8.
Each is presented by a Boise State professor—the roster includes Isaac Castellano of the Political Science department, April Masarik from Psychology, Adrian Bang of the Gender Equity Center, Gayla Thomas Dabney from Equity and Inclusion, Ryan Cannon from the Communications Department and Jason Herbeck of the Department of World Languages, all in order.A previous version of the article included film titles and dates from the 2018 festival. We regret the error.