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Tournees Film Festival-UHCL this weekend

From: Amanda
Sent on: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:48 PM

The French film festival at University of Houston Clear Lake starts
> this weekend! We'll be going as a group on Friday, but you can also go
> Saturday on your own to see a different movie.
> ----- Forwarded message from [address removed] -----
> Date: Tue, 15 Oct[masked]:16:06 +0000
> From: Movies <[address removed]>
> Subject: Tournees Festival-UHCL
> The Tournees Festival begins this Friday at UHCL. A season tickets to
> the festival is $15.00 and provides admission to all five films.
> Individual tickets at the door are $15.00. All films are preceded by a
> mini French lesson by Dr. Christine Paul. There will be a reception
> after the first film. Don't miss it.
> Farewell to the Queen (Les Adieux A La Reine)
> Friday October 18, at 7:00 pm
> SSCB Lecture Hall
> Reception following the film
> Free with UHCL Student ID; all others. $3.75
> Benoît Jacquot's nimble, lush adaptation of Chantal Thomas's 2003
> novel about the chaos at Versailles on the eve of the 1789 revolution
> is told not through the vantage point of the monarchs, but through the
> eyes of Sidonie, the besotted reader to Marie Antoinette. Compressed
> to four tumultuous days (July 14-17) and taking place almost entirely
> within the actual royal palace, Farewell, My Queen tracks its
> protagonist relentlessly: The camera is often positioned just a few
> inches behind Sidonie as she scrambles down corridors, sometimes
> tripping, as she tries to make sense of the rumors she hears among
> other courtiers and rushes to read a few pages of Rousseau to Her
> Majesty. "Your love of the queen makes you blind to her caprice," one
> of Louis XVI's historians tells Sidonie--and the pleasure of Jacquot's
> film is in watching various strains of discreet yet heated, deluded
> passionate attachment performed. Itchy Sidonie may thrill, however
> demurely, to the queen's applying rosewood water to her mosquito
> bites, but she will seethe in silent jealousy as she watches,
> unnoticed, Marie Antoinette interlace fingers with and coo over her
> most prized pet, Gabrielle de Polignac--who makes la reine lose her
> mind before she loses her head.
> The Fairy (La Fee)
> Saturday, October 19, at 7:00 pm
> SSCB Lecture Hall
> Free with UHCL Student ID; all others. $3.75
> This wonderful homage to the physical comedy and slapstick of earlier
> movie eras kicks off when Dom (cowriter and codirector Dominique
> Abel), a mild-mannered hotel clerk in Le Havre, is visited by Fiona
> (cowriter and codirector Fiona Gordon), a redheaded woman who claims
> to be a fairy. She fulfills two of the night porter's wishes: a
> scooter and a perpetual supply of gasoline. But does Fiona really have
> supernatural powers, or is this spritely lady certifiably insane? As
> Dom tries to come up with his final wish, The Fairy unfolds as one
> ingenious sight gag after another: an underwater ballet, a belly that
> swells to fully pregnant in mere seconds, a baby with remarkable
> balancing powers. Former circus and theater performers, Abel and
> Gordon are elegant, acrobatic actors; their rubber-limbed antics
> recall those of great silent-movie stars like Buster Keaton. Other
> influences abound--the candy-colored mise-en-scène and crisp
> compositions suggest the films of both Jacques Tati and Aki
> Kaurismaki--but The Fairy transcends these inspirations to become a
> wild, hilarious, one-of-a-kind experience
> Sonia Hernandez
> Film Curator
> University of Houston-Clear Lake
> 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Box 198
> Houston TX 77058
> ----- End forwarded message -----

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