MSSU Faculty to Present International Film Series Selections – Newstalk KZRG

JOPLIN, Mo — The lineup for the continuing international film series has been announced. Missouri Southern faculty members made the selections this spring and will provide an introduction before each screening.

“The Orphanage” (Spain): 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 25, Cornell Auditorium at Plaster Hall. Introduction by Dr. Michael Howarth

In this acclaimed Spanish thriller from producer Guillermo del Toro, a woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which was once an orphanage for disabled children. Soon, her young son begins to communicate with a new imaginary friend.

“Elevator to the gallows” (France): 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 1, Bookhouse Cinema. Introduction by Dr. Steve Wagner

Set during a turbulent Parisian night, this atmospheric crime thriller stars Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet as lovers whose plan to murder her husband (her boss) goes awry, setting off a chain of events that sealed their fate. With a now legendary jazz score by Miles Davis.

“3 Idiots” (India): 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, Cornell Auditorium. Introduction by Dr. Jody Jensen

Based on the novel “Five Point Someone” by Chetan Bhagat, this film is a dramatic comedy that satirizes the pressures of family expectations and college life. Told through parallel stories, one set in the present and the other 10 years in the past, the story follows two friends as they search for their long-lost college mate – a friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them “idiots”.

“Roma” (Mexico): 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, Bookhouse Cinema. Introduction by Dr. Bill Fischer

The film tells the story of an indigenous domestic worker named Cleo who lives with an upper-middle-class family in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City in 1970-1971. Autobiographical in nature, director Alfonso Cuarón’s film examines the not-quite-familial relationship that crosses ethnicity and class between Cleo and her employers.

“Chocolate” (France): 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, Cornell Auditorium. Introduction by Michelle Holt

The film tells the story of a complicated friendship between a white girl named France and Protée, the adult black servant of her family, during the years leading up to the country’s independence in 1960. Protée is France’s only companion , and through their asymmetrical alliance, one feels the creeping evil of colonialism. Like water, it finds its way into the most hidden interpersonal crevices, which no amount of goodwill, innocence or even love can fill.

“The Wings of Desire” (Germany): 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Bookhouse Cinema. Introduction by Dr. Amy Gates

Set in West Berlin a few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the film follows two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, as they roam the city, observing humanity, hearing the inner monologues of humans, ranging from hope from the mundane to the despairing, and reflecting on the eternity they witnessed. They see the world in grayscale, unable to know the sensory aspects of physical beings or fully share human emotions. Damiel’s desire to become mortal and experience for himself what he has only witnessed crystallizes when he falls in love with Marion, a financially troubled circus trapeze artist.

“Soldier of Orange” (Netherlands): Tuesday, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Cornell Auditorium. Introduction by Dr. Galen A. Irwin (visiting professor)

Based on real events, the films tell the story of Erik Lanshof and a small group of students as they struggle to survive Nazi occupation until the end of World War II. The fates of the characters range from joining the German army to conquering England, the OSS and the Resistance. Through a nearly three-hour canvas, director Paul Verhoeven unfolds a saga of friendship, espionage and romance with almost documentary realism.

“The Battle of Algiers” (Italy): 7 p.m. Tuesday March 15, Bookhouse Cinema. Introduction by Dr. Zak Watson

One of the most influential political films in history, this vividly recreates a key year in Algeria’s tumultuous struggle for independence from French occupiers in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children fire point-blank range at soldiers, women plant bombs in cafes and French soldiers use torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot in the streets of Algiers in a documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them.

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