World Film Series Offers Insight into other Cultures

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Published on September 07, 2010 with No Comments

A critically-acclaimed Bollywood movie, an Austrian film that won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize and a Japanese romantic comedy are among the movies to be featured during Valparaiso University’s World Cinema Series, a year-long celebration of international film.
The University’s 2010-2011 World Cinema Series will feature six recent films in their original language with English subtitles. Following each film, a university faculty member with expertise in the country where the movie was made will lead an audience discussion.

Timothy Tomasik, an associate professor of French, said the film series, now in its fifth year, provides the campus and surrounding community an opportunity to regularly see high quality foreign movies.
Valpo’s World Cinema Series allows the campus community and public a chance to see important films being made in other countries,” Tomasik said. “That’s really important as we become an increasingly interconnected world, and so the festival helps us fulfill our mission of increasing people’s understanding of other cultures.”
Tomasik said films in the series not only span the globe, but include a variety of genres and directing styles. The French film “The Class” is shot in a documentary style, while the Spanish/Argentine film “The Secret in their Eyes” is a visually-rich crime thriller.
Screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in Neils Science Center on Valparaiso University’s campus. Tickets are $6 per film or $25 for admission to all six films, with refreshments served prior to each screening. Tickets are on sale now at the Harre Union, by calling 219-464-5415 or at the door.
For more information about the World Cinema Series, sponsored by the Harre Union and that department of foreign languages and literatures, visit .

Films in this year’s festival are:
• Sept. 17 – ” The White Ribbon” (Austria), discussion led by Timothy Malchow, associate professor of German;
• Oct. 15 – “Train Man” (Japan), discussion led by Fred Kavanagh, assistant professor of Japanese;
• Nov. 12 – “Before the Rains” (India), discussion led by George Pati, assistant professor of theology;
• Jan. 21 – “The Class” (France), discussion led by Randa Duvick, professor of French;
• Feb. 18 – “The Secret in their Eyes” (Argentina/Spain), discussion led by Richard Stith, professor of law;
• March 18 – “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” (China), discussion led by Benjamin Ridgway, assistant professor of Chinese.

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