32nd ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GRAND AWARDS GALA, Saturday April 17th, 1999
Held at the Red Lion Hotel (Loop 610 West at Westheimer)
THE OPENING NIGHT GALA, Friday April 9th, 1999
THE GRAND AWARDS GALA, Saturday April 17th, 1999
.....And The Winner Is.....
from ZEITGEIST FILMS
Mathilde, a pretty, young woman married to a successful surgeon, is undergoing a crisis. She steals toys in department stores, faints for no apparent reason, goes AWOL from her job and is unable to let her husband, Nico, satisfy her sexually. One day, after one of her stealing and fainting spells, Mathilde is approached by a mysterious man who offers hypnosis and feng shui as a solution to her problems. Through hypnosis, he enables Mathilde to open the door to her "seventh heaven." However, once Mathilde's husband, who is used to dealing with illness in a clinically rational and logical manner, realizes that she has achieved this metamorphosis, he becomes jealous and begins to experience an identity crisis of his own. Note: This film is in French with English subtitles.
SNAKE TALES Screenwriter / Producer / Director: Francesca Talenti
Award-winning filmmaker Francesca Talenti is a professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Francesca attended Brown University, where she studied French and Italian Comparative Literature. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in film production from the University of Southern California. She has screened her films at numerous festivals including Sundance, the Canadian Art Film Festival, the Santa Fe Expo and the Odense Film Festival in Denmark. A tenacious independent filmmaker Francesca is credited with establishing the animation program at the University of Texas. She began her professional career writing, producing and directing educational films, some of which have been distributed internationally.
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
This restored classic musical, winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Festival and nominated for five Academy Awards, portrays the unforgettable Genevive, a passionate young girl living with her mother, who owns an umbrella shop in Cherbourg. Genevieve and Guy, an auto mechanic, are in love, but are told they are too young to get married. Guy leaves to serve in the army unaware Genevieve is pregnant. Genevieve, at first shocked by the idea, believes Guy has forgotten her since he has not written. She decides to marry Roland Cassard, a rich gem dealer, so that her son may have a father. Note: This film is in French with English subtitles.
ROOM AT THE INN
Screenplay by Barbara Hindley
A contemporary Christmas Tale about a street-wise African American girl and a pregnant homeless woman who find shelter in an inn run by two gay men, near Harvard Square in Cambridge.