Next week, the CSI Tournees Film Festival opens. Also, we are running a clothing drive for LGBTQ homeless youth in honor of National Coming Out Day:

CSI Tournees Film Festival: La Belle saison/Summertime (France, 2015), Thursday, Oct. 13, Center for the Arts (Building 1P), Room 223 2:30pm 1P-223

DIRECTOR: Catherine Corsini

SCREENPLAY: Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss


It’s 1971 and Delphine (Izïa Higelin), the only child of a farming couple in the Limousin, stuns her rural community by moving to Paris to go to university. Once in the city, she quickly gets swept up in the feminist movement and falls in love with the sophisticated activist Carole (Cécile de France). But when her father has a heart attack, Delphine must return to help her mother on the farm—and Carole follows. Through the love story between two women who must struggle not only against homophobia but class divisions, Catherine Corsini’s Summertime presents a gripping portrait of an age of political and social ferment, pungently bringing to life the political and social movements familiar to contemporary viewers through the work of the great French thinkers of the last half century. However, as its title indicates, Summertime also has a lightness befitting both the newfound freedoms and occasional zaniness of the urban seventies and a timeless, tender idyll in the countryside. In this respect, the film strikes an interesting contrast with Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, another love story between two women from different backgrounds. Where Kechiche took a formalist, nearly anthropological approach to depicting sex between two women, Corsini shows her characters together in a relaxed manner that has the ring of authenticity—and suggests that love is love, no matter who is doing the loving.

Coming Out Day Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 20, Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Amphitheater (Outside), 2:30pm to 4:30pm, PG CLUE

National Coming Out Day exists to raise public awareness of gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender rights and to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Students, and faculty and staff members are invited to tell their coming-out story. Help us collect items for homeless LGBTQ youth. Bring brand-new belts, socks, t-shirts, underwear, and thermals to the event or drop them off at Student Life in the  Campus center (Building 1C), Room 201. All donations will be given to the Ali Forney Center.  For more items to donate, search for “Ali Forney Center Wish List” on Amazon.