OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

International Film Festival includes free film screenings, lecture, German dance

11/05/2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A series of award-winning foreign films from Germany, France and Spain will be screened at Oregon State University from Nov. 16-20 as part of OSU’s International Education Week.

The International Film Festival is presented by OSU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in cooperation with the Goethe Institute in New York, the German and French Consulates in San Francisco and the Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C.

In addition to the films, Arndt Pelter of Radio Goethe in San Francisco will give a public lecture, “Twenty Years after the Fall of the Wall – Personal Stories” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 1-2 p.m. in Stagg Agriculture Hall 222.

OSU's Student Sustainability Initiative is sponsoring a dance after the screening of the German film, “A Friend of Mine,” on Wednesday, Nov. 18. This event will take place in the Club Escape room in the Memorial Union from 9 p.m. to midnight.

All screenings will take place in OSU’s Owen Hall 101 from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16-20. Admission is free and open to the general public.

Here is the schedule of film screenings:

Monday, Nov. 16: “Grave Decisions” (“Wer Früher Stirbt, Ist Länger Tot”), Germany, 2006.  Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller, the script is about a boy who feels he is responsible for his mother’s death; the film is full of offbeat humor and everyday magic.

Tuesday, Nov. 17: “Paloma Delight” (“Délice Paloma”), France/Algeria, 2007. Directed by Nadir Mokneche. The title character is a resourceful scam artist who specializes in solving other people’s problems, in this witty modern film.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: “A Friend of Mine” (“Ein Freun von mir”) Germany, 2006. Directed by Sebastian Schipper. This film juxtaposes an introverted young man named Karl with his friend Hans, a brash rule-breaker.

Thursday, Nov. 19: “13 Roses” (“Les trece rosas”), Spain, 2007. Directed by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro. Based on a true story, “13 Roses” follows the tragic fate of 13 young women who continued to fight for their ideals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

Friday, Nov. 20: “The Last of the Crazy People” (“Le Dernier Des Fous”), France, 2006. Directed by Laurent Achard. The film depicts the break-up of a peasant family as seen through the eyes of Martin, an 11-year old boy.