NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Make a date night watching critically acclaimed films from around the world without ever leaving campus.
The Indiana University Southeast Department of Modern Languages is hosting its 17th annual International Film Festival on Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30. Each film will begin at 6 p.m. in University Center North, Room 127.
The festival includes a diverse variety of movies in languages like Japanese, German, French and Spanish. All the movies include English subtitles and will be shown free of charge.
This year’s lineup:
Thursday, Sept. 22 | 6 p.m.
“Throne of Blood” (Kumonosu-jō)
From critically acclaimed director, Akira Kurosawa, “Throne of Blood” provides a Shakespearean-themed tale of fate, ambition and betrayal amidst unrest and feuding clans. Set in Japan during a period of civil war and feudal lords, General Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) struggles with the cost of selfishness and paranoia in this Japanese spin on Macbeth.
Friday, Sept. 23 | 6 p.m.
“The Passion of Augustine” (La Passion d’Augustine)
In a small convent school in rural Quebec, Mother Augustine provides a musical education to young women no matter their socio-economic background. However, with the looming changes brought by Vatican II and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, the school’s future is in peril. Enter Alice, Augustine’s rebellious teenage niece, a piano prodigy who arrives flashing the peace sign, improvising jazzy flourishes to classical standards and questioning authority at every turn. Needless to say, she ruffles some feathers.
Thursday, Sept. 29 | 6 p.m.
“Look Who’s Back!” (Er ist wieder da)
In this satirical film based on the bestselling novel, Adolf Hitler reawakens, smelling of gasoline and suffering from a headache…in present day Berlin. Mistaken for a committed method actor and comedian, he becomes an immediate media sensation and embarks on a tour of Germany – which he finds baffling – in order to complete his return to power. The film’s surprising, somewhat disturbing conclusion provokes introspection. What if he were really back?
Friday, Sept. 30 | 6 p.m.
“Chinese Take-Out” (Un cuento chino)
This unusual comedy, from writer/director Sebastian Borensztein, tells the story of the chance meeting between introverted hardware store owner Roberto (Ricardo Darín) and Jun (Ignacio Huang), a man who speaks only Chinese and is in Buenos Aires to find his last living relative. The film chronicles Roberto and Jun’s misadventures as they search for Jun’s uncle, all while attempting to understand each other despite the language barrier.
For more information, call 941-2232, 941-2620, 941-2230, 941-2128 or 941-2142.