NWU's International Film Festival to Screen Seven Foreign Films

International film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see seven foreign films during Nebraska Wesleyan University’s fourth annual International Film Festival, February 25-28.

The films will feature Spanish, Palestinian, Austrian, Japanese, Swedish, Chinese and French productions. All films will be shown with English subtitles.

On Friday, February 26, director Jackie Salloum, whose work has been featured at Sundance Film Festival, will lead a discussion following the screening of her film “Slingshot Hip Hop,” the first feature film about Palestinian hip hop. All films will be followed by discussion sessions.

The festival is free and open to the public. All films will be held in Olin A lecture hall, located one block east of 50th Street and St. Paul Ave.

The following is a schedule of events:

Thursday, February 25
•7 p.m., Lo major de mi (The Best of Me),
This 2007 Spanish drama is about a woman who must decide if she’s prepared to donate an organ to her lover even though they haven’t been together for very long.

Friday, February 26
•7 p.m., Slingshot Hip Hop
This 2008 documentary traces the history and development of Palestinian hip hop in Palestine from the time DAM pioneered the art form in the late 1990s.

Saturday, February 27
•2 p.m., Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
This 2007 Austrian film fictionalizes Operation Bernhard, a secret plan by the Nazis during the second World War to destabilize the United Kingdom by flooding its economy with forged Bank of England currency.

•7 p.m., Okuribito (Departures)
This 2008 Japanese film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film at the 2009 Oscars. The film follows devoted cellist Daigo Kobayashi whose orchestra has been dissolved. He decides to move back to his hometown with his wife to look for work. He answers a classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover the job is actually for a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial.

•10 p.m., Lat den ratte komma in (Let The Right One In)
This 2008 Swedish film involves Oskar, a bullied 12-year-old who falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can’t stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people’s blood to live, he’s faced with a choice. How much can love forgive?

Sunday, February 28
•2 p.m., Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (Curse of the Golden Flower)
During China’s Tang Dynasty, the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete including the royal family itself. At the time of this film’s release in 2006, it was China’s most expensive film to date.

•7 p.m., Entre les murs (The Class)
Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Francois Begaudeau, the film is an account of Begaudeau’s experience as a French language and literature teacher in an inner city middle school in Paris, illuminating the struggles with three problem children.

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

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