On Friday, there’s an opening reception followed by the French film, Marius (6 p.m.). As the first film in Daniel Auteuil’s remake of Marcel Pagnol’s trilogy of plays, “Marius is a high-profile film…[and] a great costume drama,” Dr. Charles Dove, cinema director at Rice University, tells us. Set in 1920s Marseille, the story follows Marius, a man with a wanderlust for the sea, and Fanny, the young woman who loves him. Dove says that several of the movies on this year’s schedule are comedies and some are family-friendly. Highlights include A Matter of Size (8 p.m. Saturday), “a fun and appealing Israeli film about a chef who becomes a sumo wrestler” and Jolly Life (4 p.m. Sunday), a “Turkish Christmas film about a Muslim who gets a job at the mall as Santa Claus.” Each film is screened with English subtitles.
6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713‑348‑4853 or visit cinema.rice.edu. Free.
Fri., Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 1, 4-10 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 2, 4-10 p.m., 2014