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MICA Presents French Cinema Series Feb. 17-24

Films Include Persepolis, Terror's Advocate, Heading South, La Vie en Rose, Into Great Silence

Posted 01.05.09 by MICA Media Relations


BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has partnered with The Tournées Festival to screen a series of five contemporary French-language films during one week (Tuesday Feb. 17-Tuesday, Feb. 24) at 7:30 p.m. in Falvey Hall of Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave.

Perespolis, the Academy Award-nominated animated feature directed by graphic novelist and illustrator Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, opens the series at MICA on Tuesday, Feb. 17. It will be followed by screenings of L'avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate, 2007); Vers le Sud (Heading South, 2005); La Môme (La Vie en Rose, 2007); and Le Grand Silence (Into Great Silence, 2005).

All films are free to MICA students, faculty, and staff with ID, and Friends of the Maryland Film Festival; tickets for the general public cost $5 per film.

The Tournées Festival was conceived to encourage colleges and universities to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals and is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. For more information about the festival, visit the Web site.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

Film Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Persepolis (2007)

This Oscar-nominated film tells a poignant story of a young girl coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

L'avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate, 2007)

Director Barbet Schroeder takes audiences down history's darkest paths in an attempt to illuminate the mystery behind Jacques Vergès, an enigmatic figure of the Algerian war, in this chilling documentary.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Vers le Sud (Heading South, 2005)

This feature film, directed by Laurent Cantet and adapted from three stories by Dany Laferrière, explores the intersections of cultural imperialism, sexual tourism, and women's liberation in a repressive dictatorship.

Friday, Feb. 20

La Môme (La Vie en Rose, 2007)

Marion Cotillard took home the Oscar for her portrayal of legendary French crooner Edith Piaf, whose voice was one of the indelible signatures of the 20th Century.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Le Grand Silence (Into Great Silence, 2005)

Documentary filmmaker Philip Gröning lived among the Carthusian order of monks in the Grande Chartreuse monastery for six months, filming daily prayers, tasks, rituals, and rare outdoor excursions.