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2008.01.24> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

French Film Festival Comes to UNO

Omaha - Thanks to a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE), the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) community will get a taste of what only few could see on the big screen. The Tourneés Festival brings five contemporary French films to campus starting Sunday, Jan. 27. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The Sunday 2 p.m. screening of "Fauteuil d'Orchestre" will take place in the Eppley Administration Auditorium. The comedy follows the life of a waitress from southeast France and her high-society patrons.

"We're excited to bring this film festival to campus and let students discover French-language films," said Juliett Parnell, event organizer and associate professor of French at UNO. "All films being shown in the festival will be subtitled."

Started by FACE and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in 1995, the grant program is designed to support the screening of contemporary French cinema on American university and college campuses. The Tournées Festival was developed to help universities have access to new French films normally distributed in big cities. This year -- along with UNO -- more than 108 universities are participating in The Tournées Festival.

The films comprise of a variety of genre and formats: comedy, drama and history. The monthly films will be shown in the Eppley Auditorium starting at 2 p.m. through the spring semester.

The Sunday dates are as follows:

- Jan. 27
"Fauteuil d'orchestre" (PG 13)
Comedy - Runs 100 min.

- Feb. 24
"Stupeurs et tremblements" (PG 13)
Comedy/Drama - Runs 102 min.

- March 30
"Indigènes" (R)
Drama/History - Runs 120 min.

- April 20
"Viva Laldgérie" (NR)
Drama - Runs 113 min.

- May 11
"Comme une image" (PG 13)
Comedy - Runs 110 min.

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages is co-sponsoring the festival.

For more information on the film series visit http://www.facecouncil.org or, contact Dr. Parnell at 554.3029.

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