UTSA LAUNCHES INAUGURAL FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 4-9
February, 2011The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will
host the inaugural UTSA French Film Festival March 4, 5, 6 and 9 on the UTSA
Main Campus. All screened films will be free and open to the public.
The event, organized by UTSA faculty members Marie-Therese Ellis-House and
Catherine Picot-Priewe, is funded by a grant from the Tournées Festival. The
festival awards more than $200,000 in grants annually to bring contemporary
French cinema to American college and university campuses, and to encourage
schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals.
³Not everyone has the resources to be able to study abroad. With this film
festival, we can give our students and others in San Antonio exposure to
French culture here where they live,² said Ellis-House. ³The films reflect a
variety of different themes and approaches in French society and cinema.²
The UTSA French Film Festival is part of the San Antonio French Cultures
Festival; events are planned throughout the month of March.
Additional support for the film festival has been provided by James
Lifschutz, honorary consul general of France in San Antonio; Julius Gribou,
UTSA executive vice provost; the UTSA French Club; the UTSA Libraries; and
the UTSA Department of English.
WELCOME (directed by Philippe Lioret, 2008 )
Bilal, a teenage Iraqi Kurd living in Northern France, vows to swim across
the English Channel to join his girlfriend in London and enlists the help of
a recently divorced swimming coach.
LA FILLE DU RER / THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (directed by André Téchiné, 2008)
This drama, inspired by a true story, centers on a young woman, Jeanne, who
claims she is the target of an anti-Semitic attack and the subsequent media
sensation it creates.
LE CHANT DES MARIÉES / THE WEDDING SONG (directed by Karin Albou, 2007)
Set in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942, ³The Wedding Song² focuses on the
friendship between teenagers Nour, a devout Muslim engaged to a Nazi
informer, and Myriam, a secular Jew forced into an arranged marriage.
LA BELLE PERSONNE / THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON (directed by Christophe Honoré,
Sixteen-year-old Junie is the new girl in town and becomes the crush object
of her classmates and Italian teacher alike.
35 RHUMS / 35 SHOTS OF RUM (directed by Claire Denis, 2008)
The close relationship between a widowed father and his university-student
daughter is threatened by the father¹s ex-girlfriend and the daughter¹s
Friday, March 4-(All events to take place in Main Building 0.106)
5 p.m.: Opening banquet in the lobby outside Main Building 0.106.
6 p.m.: Opening remarks by Modern Languages and Literatures Dept. Chair,
Marita Nummikoski, and UTSA Executive Vice Provost Julius
6:30 p.m.: ³Le chant des mariées²
Saturday, March 5-(All films to be shown in Science Building 2.01.12)
1 p.m.: ³35 Rhums²
3 p.m.: ³La belle personne²
5 p.m.: ³La fille du RER²
7 p.m.: ³Welcome²
Sunday March 6-(All films to be shown in Retama Auditorium, UC 2.02.02)
3 p.m.: ³35 Rhums²
5 p.m.: ³La belle personne²
7 p.m.: ³La fille du RER²
Wednesday March 9-(All films to be shown in Retama Auditorium, UC 2.02.02)
5 p.m.: ³35 Rhums²
7 p.m.: ³Le chant de mariées²
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