French films among MSSU offerings for week of April 10

Two film festivals at Missouri Southern will offer three French selections in the coming week.

The 2016-17 International Film Festival will conclude with a screening of “La Bete Humaine (The Human Beast)” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium.

The 1938 French film, directed by Jean Renoir, is about a train engineer whose alcoholic family has left him with a compulsion to kill. The beginning of the film, showing the train’s trip from Paris to Le Havre, is considered to be some of the greatest documentary montage ever created. The screening is free and open to the public.

The Tournées Film Festival will continue with two offerings at the Route 66 Movie Theatre, 24 S. Main St., in Webb City.

“L’armée des ombres (Army of Shadows)” will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. The film is about the fictional French Resistance leader Phillipe Gerbier as he escapes from the Gestapo and sets about rebuilding his network. The characters are based on real Resistance figures.

“La cour de Babel (School of Babel)” will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13. The documentary follows a year in a Paris school room for children who have recently immigrated to France. The film creates complex portraits of the children and captures the diversity of their experiences.

All three screenings are free and open to the public.

Other events scheduled include a performance by the Southern Symphony Orchestra, an interactive trivia competition for students and a trumpet recital featuring two junior music majors.

Tuesday, April 11

National Pet Day Dog Tags: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Billingsly Student Center. Students can create custom pet tags, courtesy of the Campus Activities Board.

How to Write a Successful Business Plan: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Plaster Hall. Participants will learn the key elements of creating a successful business plan. Presented by the Small Business & Technology Development Center. Cost is $39. To register, call 417-625-3128.

“La Bete Humaine (The Human Beast)”: 7 p.m., Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium. Free.

“L’armée des ombres (Army of Shadows)”: 7 p.m., Route 66 Movie Theatre, 24 S. Main St., Webb City. Free.

Nerdology: 7 p.m., Webster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium. Students can participate in an interactive pop-culture trivia competition.

Chamber Ensemble Concert: 7:30 p.m., Phinney Hall. The free concert will feature performances under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Cotter, Freddie Green and Robin Sisk.

Thursday, April 13

Archery Tag: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., campus Oval. Students can play a game similar to dodgeball, but with foam-tipped arrows. Presented by the Campus Activities Board.

Junior Trumpet Recital: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium. Music majors Austin Kinard and Oliver Smith will perform. Free.

“La cour de Babel (School of Babel)”: 7 p.m., Route 66 Movie Theatre. Free.

Friday, April 14

“Rhapsodies with Roger!”: 7:30 p.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center. The Southern Symphony Orchestra will be joined by guest pianist Roger Wright for works by Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. Free and open to the public.