Foreign Film Festival Begins Thursday

International film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see six foreign films during Nebraska Wesleyan University’s sixth annual International Film Festival, February 16-19.

The festival will feature Spanish, Japanese, Taiwanese, French, and German 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 16

  • 7 p.m., El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes), Spanish film, rated R.
  • Winner of the 2010 Oscar for “best foreign language film of the year,” the film follows retired Argentine criminal investigator Benjamin Esposito who pens a biological novel about the unsolved case of a young newlywed’s brutal rape and murder years ago. Past and present intertwine for Esposito and colleague Irene Menendez Hastings in this award-winning character study in which justice, pain and love collide.

Friday, February 17

  • 7 p.m., Aruitemo aruitemo (Still Walking), Japanese film, not rated.
  • Fifteen years ago, Junpei, the youngest son of the Yokoyama family died while rescuing a boy from drowning. On the anniversary of his death, the remaining siblings visit the quaint home of their parents with their families in tow. Over the course of a beautiful day, new relatives become acquainted telling stories and squabbling over sizzling tempura and an elegant graveside ritual is performed for Junpei.

Saturday, February 18

  • 2 p.m., Zui hao de shi guang (Three Times), Taiwanese/French film, not rated.
  • “Millennium Mambo” director Hou Hsiao-hsien explores the ever-changing cycle of love in this collection of three romantic stories set in 1911, 1966, and 2005 and utilizing the same actors in all three tales.
  • 7 p.m., Des Dieux et des hommes (Of Gods and Men) French film, rated PG-13.
  • Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.

Sunday, February 19

  • 2 p.m., Kirschbluten-Hanami (Cherry Blossoms), German film, not rated.
  • Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudi is devastated but vows to make up for her lost life. And so he embarks on his last journey — to Tokyo — in the midst of the cherry blossom festival, a celebration of beauty, impermanence and new beginnings.
  • 7 p.m., Potiche (Trophy Wife), French film, rated R.
  • It’s 1977 and women’s liberation is in the air but Suzanne is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol. Pujol oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and trophy housewife. When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. Her new role also puts her back in touch with union leader Gerard Depardieu, a romantic fling from the past that still has sparks.

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

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Spanish film "The Secret In Their Eyes" kicks off the festival on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Japanese film "Still Walking" plays Friday, Feb. 17.
French film "Three Times" plays at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.
French film "Of Gods and Men" plays at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.