UH-Clear Lake hosts Tourneés Festival
HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Film & Speaker Series presents the latest selection of French films in the Tournées Festival, Sept. 24 – Oct. 15, at various times in the university’s Student Services and Classroom Building, Lecture Hall, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, 77058. This is the third year that the Tournées Festival has been presented at UH-Clear Lake.
“We are thrilled to be presenting the festival once again,” says Associate Director of Student Life Andrew Reitberger. “We love having the opportunity to offer French language films of this caliber to area residents and film buffs.”
The series begins Sept. 24, 7 p.m., with “Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men).” This 2010 dramatic release directed by Xavier Beauvois, is based on a true story of nine Trappist monks living in a poor Algerian village who must choose to seek safety or help the villagers when terrorists threaten violence. The film won the Grand Prix award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. A special festival opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m.
On Sept. 25, 4 p.m., the series presents “Bellamy,” a 2009 release that marks the final film directed by French filmmaker Claude Chabrol. The film stars Gérard Depardieu as Bellamy, a Parisian celebrity detective near retirement who solves crimes as a hobby until he is drawn into a personal unsolved mystery.
“L’affaire Farewell (The Farewell Affair),” an espionage thriller directed by Christian Carion, is scheduled for Oct. 1, 7 p.m., and focuses on little-known true events that helped bring down the Soviet Union. This drama tells the story of a disillusioned KGB colonel who leaks classified information to a French spy.
On Oct. 8, 7 p.m., the series presents “La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain),” a 2007 release directed by Abdellatif Kechiche filmed in the Southern French city of Sété. This drama follows Slimane, a family patriarch of a large family who loses his job and decides to restore an old boat into a floating couscous restaurant.
Finally, the series concludes with “Potiche (Trophy Wife),” the 2010 comedic release directed by François Oxon that recreates the world of the 1970s for the story of trophy wife Suzanne, played by Catherine Deneuve, as she breaks free of her coddled life to take over the family business when her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees. A disco-themed closing reception will follow the film.
All films are in French with English subtitles. Ticket prices are $3.75 for the general public and free for students. A festival pass is available for $15. The series is offered in collaboration with Cultural Arts, the Foreign Language Program and University Advancement. Complimentary mini French lessons will be provided by the Foreign Language Program prior to each film.
Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs; The Centre National de la Cinématographie; The Florence Gould Foundation; The Grand Marnier Foundation; and highbrow entertainment.
For more information about this series, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/tourneesfestival.
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