International Film Festival to Screen 10 Foreign Films

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s International Film Festival has expanded from one to two weekends and will feature ten foreign films, February 6-9 and February 13-16.

The festival will feature productions from Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Finland, Mexico, India, Panama, Japan, Iran, and France. 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 6
7 p.m. Soul Boy
Fourteen-year-old Abila lives in one of the largest slums in Africa. His girlfriend Shiku belongs to a different tribe and as the result he is not allowed to fraternize with her. Together they embark on a quest to save his father. Not rated.

Friday, February 7
7 p.m. The Drummer
A gangster's willful son is sent into hiding over sexual misconduct. Sent far, he unexpectedly takes up with remote Buddhist drummers who slowly but profoundly influence his life. Not rated.

Saturday, February 8
2 p.m. Le Havre, Finland
In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. Not rated.

Saturday, February 8
7 p.m. Made in Mexico
Pantelion films presents an inspiring road trip through modern-day “Mexicanity.” Elders and youths come together to speak about their craft, their homeland and what it means to be Mexican.  From poets and singers to actors and cultural leaders, Hecho en México takes you into the inner circle of an extraordinarily rich and diverse culture. Rated R.

Sunday, February 9
2 p.m. English Vinglish
Money, fame and the knowledge of English. In India, these three factors play a huge role in how society judges an individual. English Vinglish is the story of a woman who does not know English and is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large. The film is a light-hearted yet touching and transformational journey of Shashi. Not rated.

Thursday, February 13
7 p.m. Chance
This hilarious comedy tells the story of Toña and Paquita, the housekeepers for the aristocratic González-Dubois family. These domestic employees have been mistreated for quite some time and they are tired of their situation. So when the family plans a shopping trip to Miami, the maids have a plan of their own: to take control of the mansion. Unexpectedly, they will also discover a family secret. Not rated.

Friday, February 14
7 p.m. From Up on Poppy Hill
A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Rated PG.

Saturday, February 15
2 p.m. A Separation
A married couple is faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. PG-13.

Saturday, February 15
7 p.m. The Intouchables
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. Rated R.

Sunday, February 16
2 p.m. Almanya: Welcome to Germany
Composed in parallel structure, this light-as-air and colorfully punchy comedy of manners focuses on generations of cultural misunderstandings inside a German-Turkish household. Not rated.

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