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UTSA hosts inaugural French Film Festival March 4-9

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(Feb. 24, 2011)--The 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. The festival and an opening reception are free and open to the public.

>> The opening film, "Le Chant des mariees" (The Wedding Song), will be screened at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 4 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.106). The screening will be preceded by a 5 p.m. reception in the lobby.

Organized by UTSA faculty members Marie-Therese Ellis-House and Catherine Picot-Priewe, the festival is funded by a grant from the Tournees 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.

"Not everyone has the resources to be able to study abroad," said Ellis-House. "With this film festival, we can give our students and others in San Antonio exposure to French culture here where they live. The films reflect a variety of different themes and approaches in French society and cinema."

The UTSA French Film Festival is part of the San Antonio French Cultures Festival; events are planned throughout 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; UTSA French Club; UTSA Libraries; and the UTSA Department of English.


UTSA French Film Festival

LE CHANT DES MARIEES / THE WEDDING SONG (directed by Karin Albou, 2007)
Set in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942, "The Wedding Song" 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.

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 father's ex-girlfriend and the daughter's admirer.

LA BELLE PERSONNE / THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON (directed by Christophe Honore, 2008)
Sixteen-year-old Junie is the new girl in town and becomes the crush object of her classmates and Italian teacher alike.

LA FILLE DU RER / THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (directed by Andre Techine, 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.

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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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