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Announcing the Fall 2012 Foreign Film Fest

The World Languages & Cultures Department and the Global Union International Students Organization invite students, faculty staff and members of the Rochester community to attend the screening of five foreign language films, as follows:

Tuesday, October 23 ~ 6:00 pm
The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng). Drama. China, 1994 (140 min. Unrated)
In Mandarin with English subtitles.
A refined, strong-minded political drama. The movie met fierce official resistance during postproduction, and the director has now been banned from further filming. Here, he makes you realize that opposition comes not from more of the same but from the bemused responses of provincial people too busy with their own lives to be led astray. The story begins, in 1953, with the death of Stalin, and lasts until 1967. Told from the perspective of a young boy named Tietou.

Tuesday, October 23 ~ 6:00 pm
The Harmonists (Comedian Harmonists). Drama. Germany, 1997. (115 minutes - Rated R)
In German with English subtitles.
Filled with topflight performances and unforgettable music. When Harry, a struggling but highly imaginative funnyman, forms a singing group with an unusual group of friends, "The Harmonists" go on to became an overnight sensation in prewar Germany. But as their wave of success inevitably collides with the nation's changing political tide, the group's members are forced to face unprecedented challenges that will try their wills and test their loyalty! An award winner at several prestigious film festivals. Co-sponsored by the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project.

Wednesday, October 24 ~ 6:00 pm
Central Station (Central do Brasil). Drama. Brazil, 1998 (113 minutes - Rated R)
In Portuguese with English subtitles.
A movie that charts Brazil's renaissance in a little boy's search for his father and an old woman's emotional reawakening. Day after day, Dora sits in the train station selling her letter-writing skills to all comers, but often doesn't bother to mail these messages. When a woman who's paid Dora to write a note to her son's long-missing dad gets run over by a bus, the child, Josue, is up for grabs. Dora finds herself in an odyssey through the hinterlands of Brazil's sertão, where Dora and her sidekick find unexpected faith and family.

Wednesday, October 24 ~ 6:00 pm
Black. Drama. India, 2005 (120 minutes - Not Rated)
In Hindi with English subtitles.
An unending darkness... A world of shadows... A ray of light that found its way... A teacher's dream... A student's miracle... A valiant journey... From ignorance to knowledge... From darkness to light... An extraordinary story of an ordinary life The cathartic tale of a deaf, mute and blind girl, and her teacher who brings a ray of light into her world of BLACK.

Thursday, October 25 ~ 6:00 pm
The Pope’s Toilet (El baño del Papa). Comedy/Drama. Uruguay, 2009 (120 minutes – Unrated)
In Spanish with English subtitles.
It’s 1988, and Melo, an Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the most humble locals believe that selling food and drink to the multitude will just about make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks he has the best idea of all--he decides he will build a WC in front of his house and charge for its use. His efforts bring about unexpected consequences, and the final results will surprise everyone. An alternatingly touching, humorous and poignant story of human dignity and solidarity.

These films will be screened at the Warshof Conference Center, Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A and B) in the Brighton Campus. Two films will be shown concurrently on October 23 and October 24. All the films will be introduced to the audience at 6:00 p.m. Arrive early to enjoy international candy and nibbles sold by the Global Union students. All films have English subtitles. The Foreign Film Fest is free and open to the public.

Louis Silvers
World Languages and Cultures

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