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UCR French Film Series Ends


UCR French Film Series Ends with Academy Award Nominee

Tournées Festival will feature Academy Award nominee "Persepolis" at University Village.

(May 6, 2008)

 A scene from the animated filmEnlarge

A scene from the animated film

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Tournées Festival, UC Riverside’s five-week series of French and francophone films, ends tonight, Tuesday, May 27, at the Metropolitan University Village Cinemas. The final film, to be shown at 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. is "Persepolis."

The animated film is based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution, and shows how her family's hopes for change were slowly dashed by political events. The film won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Tuesday-evening film series is organized by Michelle Bloom, associate professor of French and comparative literature, with the assistance of Anna Gutierrez, a recent UCR graduate who majored in French. The festival is sponsored by UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the departments of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Creative Writing, Media and Visual Culture, and Women’s Studies. French Cultural Services also helped sponsor the festival.

The Tournées Festival is named after the French word for shooting a film — tournage — and tournée, which means a round or circuit. The films, which are all subtitled, have been shown every Tuesday night since April 29 at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students with identification.

This year’s theme, “Greatest Hits,” reflects the choice of a diverse group of films that were all box-office and/or critical successes when they were released in France, Bloom said.

“We are excited about this last animated film about the Iranian revolution, ‘Persepolis,’ based on the director’s graphic novels,” Bloom said.

The schedule of films follows:

April 29: “Paris, Je t'aime”

May 6: “Lady Chatterley”

May 13: “Indigènes”

May 20: “Bamako”

May 27: “Persepolis”
Poster for the showing of Persepolis at 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. tonight at the University Village theater.Enlarge

Poster for the showing of Persepolis at 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. tonight at the University Village theater.

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