CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Crossroads International Film Festival is celebrating its 10th year in February with a slate of five films from across the globe. Ranging from Norwegian comedy to a Brazilian documentary, there is a genre and a region to catch every viewer’s interest.
The film festival, held on three consecutive Sundays in February at Darkside Cinema, supports Crossroads International, an Oregon State University program that has provided hospitality and language assistance to international students, visiting scholars and their families for more than four decades.
The films will be shown Feb. 7, 14 and 21 at Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. Tickets are $6 each or a five-ticket passport will be sold for $25.
Screenings and film details include:
Screenings: Feb. 7, 1 p.m. and Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Length: 100 minutes
Genre: comedy, drama
Synopsis: Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces, until his video diaries end up with the producer of a popular talk show.
The Great Journey (Le Grande Voyage)
Screenings: Feb. 14, 4 p.m., and Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Language: Arabic | French | Bulgarian | Serbo-Croatian | Turkish | Italian | English
Setting: France to Mecca
Length: 108 minutes
Synopsis: Reda, a French Moroccan teenager, reluctantly accompanies his father on a car trip across Europe to Mecca. During the trip, they learn more about each other.
Screening: Feb. 21, 1 p.m.
Language: English (dubbed)
Setting: Africa (not specific)
Length: 74 minutes
Genre: family, animation, folk tale
Synopsis: In a little village somewhere in Africa, an unusual baby boy named Kirikou is born. The infant, already able to walk and talk, learns that an evil sorceress is threatening his village, and embarks on a journey with his warrior uncle to confront her.
Screenings: Feb. 7, 4 p.m. and Feb. 21, 4 p.m.
Language: Portuguese - English
Length: 78 minutes
Synopsis: The documentary captures the dreams of two black children, Irlan and Isabela, from the Favela in Brazil. Despite constant prejudice and doubt, both are both determined to beat the odds and follow their dreams to use dancing as an escape rarely found in their tough day-to-day lives.
Screenings: Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 14, 1 p.m.
Language: Spanish - English
Length: 86 minutes
Synopsis: A 15-year-old intersex teen named Alex who has been living as a girl must confront their identity when Alex's mother invites a surgeon to visit to discuss the possibility of sex reassignment surgery.
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