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Jan. 22, 2010
Maryville, Mo. - Students, staff and residents will get a taste of multiple cultures next month with the launch of Northwest's 2010 International Film Festival, a new series comprised of five foreign-made films.
The film festival will open Thursday, Feb. 4, with an Arabic film, titled "Paradise Now." All showings will be at 8 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theatre, located inside the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.
The showings are free and open to the public. All of the films have subtitles. Refreshments also will be provided.
The film series, which is being funded by a Culture of Quality grant, was organized by Martha Breckenridge, assistant professor of art, and Curtis Richardson, assistant professor of history, humanities, philosophy and political science.
Breckenridge and Richardson are hoping the film festival attracts enough interest to have it annually. A fall film series also could be added.
"We both love film and we both think it's an excellent way to spend an evening in these bleak days," Breckenridge said. "We really strove to find a variety of films that we thought would appeal to lots and lots of different groups, including the university and surrounding communities."
Breckenridge also noted the lineup includes a range of genres, including comedies and a documentary.
"They're entertaining and educational," Breckenridge said. "People will have a chance to hear other languages and be exposed to other cultures."
The film lineup consists of these films:
Feb. 4 - "Paradise Now" (2005, Arabic, drama). Two friends living on the West Bank are presented with an opportunity to leave the oppression and humiliation they've experienced for years - a suicide mission in Tel-Aviv. But the pair is split up during the course of what is to be their final day, and their opinions of the mission grow apart.
Feb. 11 - "Les Plages d'Agnes" ("The Beaches of Agnes," 2008, French, documentary). While raising two children and making some of France's greatest movies from the 1960s, Agnès Varda and her husband Jacques Demy traveled the world. But they were most at home in the cinema. As Varda explains how a relatively shy, awkward young woman from Brussels taught herself to be a photographer and then a filmmaker, the film depicts her drive, determination and endless curiosity about the world.
Feb. 17 - Blanc ("White," 2005, French, comedy). After a Polish hairdresser's marriage to a French model ends dismally, he amasses financial wealth on some shady dealings, arranges his own fake funeral and lures his bride to Poland. When the bride realizes her monetary gain is less than expected, she returns to her native land in humiliation. Her ex-husband, meanwhile, has bought a new identity in a capitalism-obsessed Poland.
Feb. 25 - "Entre les Murs" ("The Class," 2008, French, drama). Teacher François Marin and his colleagues are preparing for another school year at an inner-city high school in Paris. The teachers collectively want to inspire their students, but their views of the students differ and each teacher is only interested in doing things his or her own way. Marin is at his breaking point, which results in him doing things he might admit to himself are wrong.
March 3 - "La Cage aux Folles" ("Birds of a Feather," 1978, French, comedy). Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try concealing their lifestyle and their ownership of the transvestite club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner.
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