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French Film Festival location changed for March 4

Posted by Judy Riley on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007

Event Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007 7:00 pm
End Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 4, 2007
Location: Edson Auditorium


Thanks to the generous support of the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Entre Nous (the French student organization at the University of Minnesota, Morris) and the French discipline at UMM will bring the Tournées Film Festival to UMM and to residents in Morris and surrounding communities. This year, the Festival will include five award-winning feature films from across the francophone world.

"The French Club's mission is precisely to contribute to the internationalization of campus,” said Tammy Berberi, assistant professor of French at UMM. “We are delighted to bring this series, which includes films from Burkina Faso and Morocco as well as France, to the Morris community. Receiving support from a prestigious foundation like FACE is a tribute to the strength of our French program as well as our connection to the Morris community."

Films will be shown at 7 p.m. each Sunday for five weeks – February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4 – in Edson Auditorium of the Morris campus Student Center. Subtitled in English, the films are free and viewing is open to the public. Visit the French Discipline homepage for more information about each of the films featured in the series: French discipline .

February 4: ”Après vous” (France)
Antoine is an overzealous headwaiter at a busy Parisian restaurant. He enjoys taking care of people, the restaurant's clients and its staff. After coming to the rescue of Louis, a perfect stranger who is about to commit suicide, Antoine begins to feel responsible for him and genuinely wants to help him.

February 11: ”Pas sur la bouche” (France)
Directed by Alain Resnais, "Not on the Lips" is a tribute to the comical productions of the 1920s. The art-deco sets and costumes, the singing, the clever dialogue and the happy ending make for a sophisticated and highly entertaining farce.

February 18: NOTE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE
La Petite Jerusalem (France)
La Petite Jerusalem is the nickname of Sarcelles, a low-income housing neighborhood near Paris. Among the high number of Jewish immigrants who live there, a Tunisian family of eight shares a cramped apartment: Laura (a French-born, 18-year-old student), her sister Mathilde, their mother, Mathilde’s husband Ariel, and the couple’s four children. Independent and strong-willed, Laura refuses Ariel’s orthodoxy and her mother’s superstition. Instead, she throws herself into the study of Kant which leads her to take evening walks. On one such walk, she meets an Algerian-Muslim immigrant named Djamel. In her first feature film, Karin Albou delicately depicts the intimate lives of two women while raising questions of religious interpretation, freedom, sexuality and family relationships.

February 25: “Le Grand voyage” (Morocco / France)
A few weeks before his high school final exam, Réda, a young man who lives in the south of France, is chosen to drive his aging father to Mecca for the traditional pilgrimage. From the start, the journey promises to be difficult, as Réda and his father have nothing in common. They are separated by culture, language and religion. "Le Grand Voyage" includes breathtaking panoramic views of Mecca.

March 4: “Un Long dimanche de fiançailles” (France)
[Note: Location of film showing changed to Science Auditorium.]
An award-winning blockbuster hit in the U.S and Europe, "A Very Long Engagement" depicts the gravity and losses of a long-forgotten war that took the lives of two million people in Europe. After World War I, a young French woman embarks on an extraordinary journey to find her fiancé. Like so many other young men, he left for the front and never returned.

The Tournées Festival is designed to help bring contemporary Francophone cinema to college or university campuses. The Tournées Festival was conceived to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining francophone film festivals. Since its inception, the program has partnered with hundreds of universities and made it possible for more than 250,000 students to discover French-language films.

The program is made possible with the generous support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Grand Marnier Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund (SACEM, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association). For more information, contact Tammy Berberi, berberit@morris.umn.edu .

Photo: Scene from "La Petite Jerusalem"