UH-Clear Lake to host the Tournées Festival

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Surround yourself in the beauty of the French language as University of Houston-Clear Lake hosts the Tournées Festival. Enjoy five contemporary French-language films in October and November in the university’s Student Services and Classroom Building first floor Lecture Hall, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, 77058, Student Services.

The films span diverse eras, genres and subjects to appeal to a variety of audiences. They will be presented at 7 p.m. in French with English subtitles. Admission is $3.75, or free with UHCL ID.

“This is the fifth year for the university to host the Tournées Festival,” says UHCL Associate Director of Student Life Andrew Reitberger. “The French American Cultural Exchange makes the Tournées Festival grant available for five consecutive years. We are proud to say that we have been awarded it now for the fifth year in a row.

“The French films in the Tournées Festival give us the wide perspective and cultural insight that we value.”

  • Oct. 18,  “Les adieux á la reine” (“Farewell, My Queen”) -- Veteran filmmaker Benoît Jacquot captures the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles in this 2012 film, adapted from the novel by Chantal Thomas. At the onset of the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) hears about the storming of the Bastille and realizes she is no longer safe.
  • Oct. 19, “La fée” (“The Fairy”) -- A joint Belgian-Canadian-French venture filmed in 2011, this slapstick-style film combines physical comedy and sight gags, reminiscent of earlier movie eras. Fiona Gordon, playing the title character, visits Dom (Dominique Abel), a hotel night clerk, claiming to be a fairy with three wishes to offer.
  • Oct. 26, “Le bonheur d'Elza” (“Elza”) -- First-time director Mariette Monpierre’s 2011 film tells the semi-autobiographical story of Elza, a young Parisian woman who returns to the Caribbean to uncover her estranged father in shameful circumstances.
  • Nov. 2,  “L’enfant d'en Haut” (“Sister”) -- Twelve-year-old Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives on the outskirts of a Swiss ski resort, supporting his sister Louise (Léa Seydoux) with his petty thievery in this film by Swiss writer, director and cinematographer Ursula Meier.
  • Nov. 9, “Couleur de peau: Miel” (“Approved for Adoption”)

Jung, a graphic novel artist, tells the story of his own abandonment at age five, when he was left in Korea and adopted by a Belgian couple. “Approved for Adoption,” filmed in 2012, recounts the story of 43-year-old Jung returning to Seoul to discover his origins. The film is offered through a hybrid of animation and live action.

The Tournées Festival is an international event sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange, which has collaborated with American universities since 1995 to allow audiences to discover the diversity of French-language films.

UH-Clear Lake’s Foreign Language Program will present a mini French lesson before each movie, which provides vocabulary relevant to the upcoming movie.

“The festival gives moviegoers a window into the French-speaking world. I believe that speaking French opens many doors, both professionally and personally,” says UHCL Foreign Language Program Director Christine Paul.

Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France USA and highbrow entertainment. The festival is presented in collaboration with UHCL’s Film & Speaker Series, Cultural Arts and the Foreign Language Programs.

For more information about the Tournées Festival visit http://www.uhcl.edu/tourneesfestival, email movies@uhcl.edu or call the Office of Student Life, 281-283-2560.

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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.



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