Fifth Annual International Film Festival Will Feature Seven Foreign Films

International film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see seven foreign films during Nebraska Wesleyan University’s fifth annual International Film Festival, February 17-20.

The festival will feature Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Israeli, German, and Rwandan productions. All films will be shown with English subtitles and discussions will follow each screening.

The festival is free and open to the public. All films will be held in Olin A and Olin B lecture halls, located one block east of 50th Street and St. Paul Ave. Some films contain material for mature audiences.

The following is a schedule of events:

Thursday, February 17

  • 7 p.m., Olin A Lecture Hall, Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces), Spanish film
  • A luminous Penelope Cruz stars as an actress who sacrifices everything for true love. When her father becomes gravely ill, beautiful Lena consents to a relationship with her boss, a very wealthy, much-older man who pays for her father’s hospitalization and provides her a lavish lifestyle.

Friday, February 18

  • 7 p.m., Olin B Lecture Hall, Micmacs a tire-larigot (Micmacs), French film
  • First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain. Bazil doesn’t have much luck with weapons. Released from a hospital after an accident, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, he is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba’s cave. One day Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufactures that have caused him misfortune and he sets out to take revenge.

Saturday, February 19

  • 2 p.m., Olin A Lecture Hall, Kabe (Kabei: Our Mother), Japanese film
  • This Japanese film depicts the strong bond between a mother and her family during WWII. Set in Tokyo in 1940, the peaceful life of the Nogami family suddenly changes when the father is arrested and accused of being a communist. His wife works frantically from morning to night to maintain the household and bring up her two daughters.
  • 7 p.m., Olin A Lecture Hall, Sanxia haoren (Still Life), Chinese film
  • This Chinese film — which won the grand prize at the 2006 Venice Film Festival — takes place amid the clatter and misery of the Three Gorges Dam, which cuts across the Yangtze River in central China. The largest dam in the world, Three Gorges is a site of great cultural and political strife because of both environmental and humanitarian concerns.
  • 10 p.m., Olin B Lecture Hall, Vals Im Bashir (Waltz With Bashir), Israeli film
  • Inspired by actual events, Waltz with Bashir chronicles one man’s descent into his own half-forgotten past. Filmmaker Ari Folman, an Israeli veteran of the First Lebanon War, encounters an old friend suffering from nightmares of the conflict. In an effort to uncover the truth, he reconnects with old friends and dares to confront the horrors of war.

Sunday, February 20

  • 2 p.m., Olin A Lecture Hall, Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern), German film
  • The Soviet Union is sending its prisoners of war home. Among them is the father of a quiet, football-loving 11-year-old Mattias, who lives with his mother, sister and brother in a West-German mining town. The boy has long found a surrogate father in local football player Helmut Rahn, who has adopted Mattias as his mascot. The return of the boy’s father casts a shadow over the once-happy family that is broken by his years in captivity.
  • 7 p.m., Olin A Lecture Hall, Munyurangabo, Rwandan film
  • After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend, Sangwa, leave the city on a journey tied to their pasts. Munyurangabo wants justice for his parents who were killed in the genocide, and Sangwa wants to visit the home he deserted years ago. Though they plan to visit Sangwa’s home for just a few hours, the boys stay for several days. From two separate tribes, their friendship is tested when Sangwa’s wary parents disapprove of Munyurangabo.

For further questions about the film festival, contact Sara Jane Dietzman at 402.465.7550.



This event is always better than the year before. The movies are fantastic and can be a nice relaxer when studying. I encourage everyone to get out and see at least three. Thursday it begins!!!!

Great Job!

What a great collection of films. Thanks for organizing the film festival once again, Dr. SJ Dietzman!

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The fifth annual International Film Festival will kick off Feb. 17 with "Los Abrazos Rotos" starring Penelope Cruz.
Japanese film "Kabe" (Kabei: Our Mother) will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 19.
Chinese film "Still Life" won the grand prize at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. It will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 19.