CSUSM French Film Festival Starts April 13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

Five French films will be presented on the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) campus this spring as part of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Tournées Festival.

Organized by the French program of the Modern Language Studies Department and the French Club, screenings will be free and open to the public. Films are in French with English subtitles. The audience is invited to join in post-film discussions. For more information, please contact Dr. Marion Geiger at mgeiger@csusm.edu.

Ballerina, 2008, directed by Bertrand Normand
Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Arts Building, room 111.
Immediately following the film there will be an open discussion with CSUSM faculty members Karen Schaffman (Visual and Performing Arts), Véronique Anover (Modern Language Studies) and Marion Geiger (Modern Language Studies).

Persepolis, 2007, directed by Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi
Tuesday, April 19 at 10:15 a.m. in Markstein Hall, room 213
Immediately following the film there will be an open discussion with CSUSM faculty members Scott Greenwood (Political Science), Cyrus Masroori (Political Science), Véronique Anover (Modern Language Studies) and Marion Geiger (Modern Language Studies).

Elle s'appelle Sabine/Her Name is Sabine, 2008, directed by Sandrine Bonnaire
Tuesday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in Markstein Hall, room 125
Karen Driscoll, campaign director of Autism Care and Treatment (ACT) Today! for Military Families will be a guest speaker and immediately following the film there will be a post-film discussion with CSUSM faculty members Deanna Hughes (Psychology), Ilena Dugan (School of Nursing), Véronique Anover (Modern Language Studies) and Marion Geiger (Modern Language Studies). A festival reception with French gourmet buffet will close the afternoon's event.

Entre les murs/The Class, 2008, directed by Laurent Cantet
Thursday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. in University Hall, room 441                                                                                                                                                                       Immediately following the film there will be an open discussion with CSUSM faculty members Suzanne Moineau (College of Education), Véronique Anover (Modern Language Studies) and Marion Geiger (Modern Language Studies).

Coco Avant Chanel/Coco Before Chanel, 2009, directed by Anne Fontaine
Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. in Markstein Hall, room 213
Immediately following the film there will be an open discussion with CSUSM faculty member Marion Geiger (Modern Language Studies).

The Tournées Festival at CSUSM was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC).

The festival is co-sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) and CSUSM Student Life & Leadership. Advertising support provided by CSUSM Arts & Lectures.

For full film synopsis, please visit the FACE website at: www.facecouncil.org/tournees/featuredselection.html

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit www.csusm.edu/guide. Parking is available in campus lots with fees ranging from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

About the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE)
FACE is dedicated to nurturing French-American relations through innovative international projects in the arts, education, and cultural exchange. Housed in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and overseen by a Board of Trustees, FACE serves an extensive network of patrons through its film-based programs and provides support to various initiatives through its partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
In collaboration with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Florence Gould Foundation and the French-American Cultural Fund, FACE Council supports French film festivals and screenings on over fifty college campuses across the country each year.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.