Francophone Film Series: Une saison en France

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 100 min. | Drama

July 23, 2020 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's film Une saison en France (A Season in France).

An African high school teacher flees his war-torn country for France, where he falls in love with a French woman who offers a roof for him and his family.

Event Details

Abbas, a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, has fled his war-torn country with his two children and his brother. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political assylum. A French woman, Carole, falls in love with him and offers a roof for him and his family. When Abbas’s application is rejected, they face a crucial decision.

This screening is part of the Francophone Film Series, which brings a rich diversity of cinematic work featuring the Francophone world, a linguistic bloc that covers twenty-nine countries and encompasses countless cultural identities. In its second season, all films explore ideas of leaving and migration. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Alliance Française d'Austin and Alliance Française d'Austin Ciné-Club. Films in the Francophone Film Series are presented in French with English subtitles. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with the exhibition, Becoming Texas, which explores French influences on early Texas history, and includes a film screening and Q&A with guest moderator, Alliance Française d'Austin Ciné-Club Director, Julia Podgorsek. Come early and explore the 1st floor exhibit, and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Initial entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors. The Spirit Theater is located on the second floor of the Museum.

Your ticket purchase supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 13+
Writer: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Runtime: 100 min.
Genre: Drama
Release year: 2017

About the Film

Une saison en France was officially selected for the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and the BFI London Film Festival in 2017.


About the Filmmaker

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Chad in 1963. He studied film in Paris and journalism in Bordeaux. He worked for several years in the press and radio before directing his first film, MARAL TANIE. His third feature DRY SEASON (2006) won the Grand Special Jury Prize in Venice. A SCREAMING MAN (2010) won the Jury Prize in Cannes, making Haroun the first Chadian director to enter, as well as win, an award in the main Cannes competition. He was also a member of the jury for the competition in Cannes in 2011. Haroun has lived and worked in France since 1982.

About the Moderator

Julia Podgorsek has promoted the exhibition and presence of French and Francophone Cinema in Austin,TX since 2015. Born and raised in France, she graduated from La Sorbonne-Paris with a Masters in American Studies and Film. In 2014, she moved to Austin where she started to develop and direct Alliance Française of Austin's Film Program with the creation of Ciné-Club, a monthly screening of contemporary French films presented in partnership with L'Institut Français and Unifrance. As a film program director, a cultural mediator and a French, literature and film teacher, she works actively towards making French and Francophone cinema and culture accessible to Austonians.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

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