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Kent State Continues Spanish and Latin American Film Series

Posted Mar. 10, 2014
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Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics
will continue its Spanish Film Series on March 14 and 15
at the Schwartz Center Auditorium.

Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics, in collaboration with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies and the Department of History, will continue its Spanish Film Series on March 14 and 15. The films will be featured in the Schwartz Center Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

“It’s an opportunity to experience another language and another culture without leaving Kent,” says Françoise Massardier-Kenney, director of the Institute for Applied Linguistics.

The movies are all subtitled in English, and volunteers will give a short presentation before each film viewing and lead a discussion after. The Spanish Film Series was made possible with the support of the U.S.A. Spain Foundation, Embassy of Spain.

La Buena Nueva
Friday, March 14

7:30 p.m.

A young priest arrives on his first assignment to a small parish serving a working-class village in the north of Spain in 1936. He is a witness to the military uprising that precipitates the Spanish Civil War and, moved by his faith, he stands up to defend his people. Based on a true story, the film portrays the young priest’s commitment to stand by his parishioners and follows him as he appears before the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and denounces the crimes being committed on behalf of the Gospel. This film was winner of the Nantes Spanish Film Festival.

Tres dies amb la família
(Three Days With the Family)
Saturday, March 15

2 p.m.

This film won the Goya prize for Best First Film Director. A young woman returns to her family in Spain but encounters severe dysfunction and fracture, in this ensemble drama. Nausicaa Bonin stars as co-ed Lea, whose paternal grandfather dies, prompting her to return from Bordeaux, France, to her childhood home in Catalonia for the funeral. Lea’s parents are separated, but pretend they are not for the sake of appearances. Meanwhile, although Lea’s two brothers, Pere (Ramon Fontsere) and Toni (Francesc Orella) come to the funeral, her sister Virginia (Amalia Sancho) fails to appear. She has just written an autobiographical novel that unearths many of the family’s skeletons, to the dismay of some of her relatives.

Saturday, March 15

7:30 p.m.

In 1988, under international pressure to legitimize his government, Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet allowed a referendum on whether he would be voted in for another eight years in office. This movie dramatises the “No” campaign devised by young advertising executive René Saavedra, played by Gael García Bernal, who decided to refrain from angry political images and instead emphasized an upbeat, almost apolitical vision of happiness. “The best movie ever made about Chilean plebiscites, No thoroughly deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film” –The New Yorker. This film was a New York Times critics pick.