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European Film Festival 2008
European Film Festival 2008
Top row: "Je crois que je l'aime" (I Think I Love Her) (France) and
"One Day in Europe" (Germany)
Second row: "Resurface" (Greece) and "Qui m'aime me suive" (Who
Likes Me, I Follow) (France)
Bottom row: "Lenz" (Switzerland) and "La seconda notte di nozze"
(The Second Night of Wedding) (Italy)

San Antonio European Film Festival is Sept. 8-11

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Sept. 8, 2008)--The fifth annual San Antonio European Film Festival is Monday, Sept. 8-Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Santikos Palladium cinema at the Rim shopping center, 17910 Interstate 10 West. Admission is free and open to the public with showings 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday; and 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday.

>> View the film and panel discussion schedule and film synopses at the European Film Festival Web site.

>> Read tips for viewing a foreign film.

According to John Collet, former consul to France and president and CEO of the European Film Festival Corp., the festival is a unique opportunity for the San Antonio public to see 24 recent award-winning European films at one venue. Each film will be screened four times.

Organized and managed by the not-for-profit European Film Festival Corp., the festival is co-sponsored by the consulates of France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland in Houston and Atlanta, the City of San Antonio, Santikos Theatres and the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

From 5 to 6 p.m. each day, discussion sessions at the festival will feature local actor Craig Rainey, professor and former film editor Ron Wojnar (Northwest Vista College), Marita Nummikoski (chair of the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures), Christopher Wickham (UTSA associate dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts), Pierre Verdaguer (University of Maryland), Dora Fitzgerald (University of the Incarnate Word), subtitling specialist John Incledon (Albright College) and Nancy Membrez, UTSA associate professor of modern languages and literatures.

Concurrently, the first UTSA European Film Conference is Sept. 8-10 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Organized by UTSA's Nancy Membrez, the conference will include some 60 scholars from across the country participating in morning panel discussions. Open to the public, registration is $150, $100 for graduate students and $10 for undergraduate students per day.

>> Download a European Film Conference registration form.

>> Download a European Film Conference schedule.

Keynote speakers will be: (Monday) Dona Kercher, Assumption College, speaking on her upcoming book on Alfred Hitchcock's influence on Spanish film; (Tuesday) Steven Kellman, UTSA professor of English, classics and philosophy, discussing the shifting role of the film critic; and (Wednesday) Cathleen Rountree, freelance film critic and scholar, lecturing on the film director as modern-day shaman.

For more information on the European Film Conference, contact the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at (210) 458-4377.

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