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World Languages and Cultural Studies

World FilmFest Spring 2013

The Department of World Languages and Cultures presents World FilmFest Spring 2013 to our students. World FilmFest complements the cultural knowledge acquired in the classroom by exposing students to a selection of important films from Latin America, Spain, and, occassionally, other countries. We have continued last semester’s attempt to broaden the scope of our film selections, as well as the number of films offered.

This semester, our film series consists of nine classic and contemporary movies and documentaries from Bolivia, Brazil, France, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Movies will be shown on Tuesdays, at 7:00 PM at McQuade Auditorium. All movies will be subtitled. Pay also attention to the events of the upcoming Social Justice Week (March 13-15), since we will be presenting a documentary festival, with the attendance of some documentary makers.

If you want “out of class activity” credit for your Spanish classes, please download the questions here, answer them, and upload them to your course’s blackboard page or send them to your instructor via e-mail. PLEASE NOTICE: As of early November, and for the remainder of the FilmFest, the generic questionnaire above will provide you with the questions you need to answer in your 150 word paragraph.

March
5 Terra em Transe (Dir. Glauber Rocha, 1967)
12 El minero del Diablo (2005)
18 ***MONDAY*** La ardilla Roja (Dir. Julio Medem, 1992)
April
2 Alambrista!
9 Tambien la lluvia (dir. Iciar Bollain, 2010)
16 The Intouchables (Francia, 2012)
23 Gun Hill Road (Dir. Rashaad Ernesto Green, 2012)

February

19 Cronos (Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Mexico, 1993): Cronos was the first feature film by acclaimed Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy).

This surreal variant on the classic vampire tale is the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who garnered international acclaim and several awards. The film tells the story of elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi, in a role originally written for Max Von Sydow) who, with his eight-year-old granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath), discovers an ancient artifact secreted within a statue obtained from the estate of a 16th-century alchemist. Unbeknownst to Gris, the device — which resembles an ornate, gilded mechanical beetle — houses an immortal parasite which will grant eternal life to its host. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi (rottentomatoes.com)

At $2 million, “Cronos” is the second-highest budgeted film in the history of Mexican cinema … .  “Cronos” is a horror genre film about vampires — but one so well conceived and executed that it satisfies both mainstream and art-film expectations. It’s also an amazingly assured feature debut for the 29-year-old del Toro, who is both its writer and director. - Richard Harrington, The Washington Post.

26 Chico & Rita (Fernando Trueba y Mariscal, 2010)