For Release — January 23, 2004

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GENESEO, N.Y. — SUNY Geneseo will present films spanning five continents as part of its International Film Series this spring. Schedule highlights include The Blue Angel, Germany’s first sound film, and numerous international award winners, including France’s To Be And to Have, and Spain’s All about My Mother, which earned director Pedro Almod ar an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999.

The showings, which are free and open to the public, will take place in the college’s state-of-the-art International Cinema Center, located in Guy A. Bailey Hall Auditorium (Bailey 135). Each film will be introduced by a faculty member or other expert, and, after each show, members of the public are invited to participate in a discussion of the film.

The Road Home

Thursday, Jan. 29 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(China, 1999; In Mandarin with English subtitles.)

A rural Chinese teacher's death and his wife's desire for his body to be returned to their village in the traditional manner sets up a conundrum for their son who flies in to negotiate. Hearing how his parents fell in love helps him decide how they should treat his father's body. This is a truly romantic film with the added plus of a glimpse of rural Chinese life. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo Communicative Disorders and Science Professor Robert Owens.

Vredens dag (Day of Wrath)

Thursday, Feb. 5 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(Denmark, 1943; in Danish with English subtitles.)

Filmed during the darkest period of Nazi occupation, Carl Theodor Dreyer's classic is the story a young woman who falls in love with her husband's stepson. Set in 17th-century Denmark, Dreyer's love triangle is a study of superstition, witch-hunting, forced confessions and summary executions, an eloquently portrayed allegory of the "psychological repression and the slow destruction of goodness at the hands of zealots and hypocrites" (James Kendrick, Film Desk Reviews) that was taking place at the time it was filmed. Discussant: SUNY Geneseo English Professor Ken Asher.

Etre et avoir (To Be and To Have)

Thursday, Feb. 12 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(France, 2002; in French with English subtitles.)

France's largest grossing and highly praised documentary film, Etre et avoir spans one year in the life of Georges Lopez, a 55-year-old teacher of a one-room school house in the rural, farming region of Auvergne, France. Its director, Nicolas Phillibert, "helps us see that nothing can be more important than the way a child is taught, no one more crucial than the teacher who teaches well" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune). Awarded Best French Film of the year at Cannes. Discussant: Foreign Languages and Literatures Teaching Assistant Magali Tenias

Todo sobre mi madre (All about My Mother)

Thursday, Feb. 19 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(Spain, 1999; in Spanish with English subtitles.)

Pedro Almod ar's moving film about a mother's attempt at fulfilling her son's wishes after his premature death in a car accident. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) had never revealed to her son the identity of his father. Upon her son's death, however, Manuela leaves Madrid for Barcelona in search of her former lover, to inform him of his son's birth — and death. While in Barcelona, she meets some troubled women (played by Penelope Cruz and Antonia San Juan) who further teach her about the meaning of life and death. Proclaimed Best Foreign Language Film of 1999 by the Academy Award and several international film critics associations. Discussant: Foreign Languages and Literatures Teaching Assistant Carolina Marin.

The Way Home

Thursday, Feb. 26 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(South Korea, 2002; in Korean with English subtitles.)

The first Korean film to be screened in U.S. cinemas, The Way Home describes the journey of a young city boy as he learns of traditional, rural Korean culture through his unexpected abandonment at the "primitive" home of his grandmother. Never becoming syrupy, the movie portrays the grandmother's patient, unconditional love and the boy's gradually growing appreciation of her devotion. Discussant: Communicative Disorders and Science Professor Robert Owens.


Thursday, Mar. 4 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(Czech Republic, 1996; in Czech with English subtitles.)

Themes of Russian/Czech interpersonal relations and Soviet/Czech political relations are depicted in this charming movie that tells the story of how a woman and her six-year-old Russian son win the heart of a confirmed bachelor. Winner of an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. Discussants: Political Science Department Chair and Professor Robert F. Goeckel, and Foreign Languages and Literatures Professor Cynthia Klima.

The Quiet American

Thursday, Mar. 18 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(Germany, Australia, USA, 2002; in English, French and Vietnamese, with English subtitles.)

Love, politics and intrigue intermingle in a retelling of Graham Greene's classic tale of a disillusioned British journalist, an idealistic young American and the beautiful Vietnamese woman who comes between them in 1950s Saigon. Viewers may question whether rescuing a woman does indeed parallel "saving" a nation. Discussant: Communication Professor Dougie Bicket.

Nowhere in Africa

Thursday, April 1 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(Germany, 2002; in German with English subtitles.)

Caroline Link's adaptation of Stefanie Sweig's best-selling autobiographical novel, Nowhere in Africa describes the coming-of-age story of a Jewish girl whose family must flee to Kenya in order to avoid the terrors of the Nazi regime. There, the family encounters difficulties adjusting and becoming aware of their own prejudices and inner conflicts. Winner of the 2002 Best Foreign Film Academy Award. Discussant: German Language Students Club President Agneta Lemesis.

El crimen del padre Amaro (The Crime of Padre Amaro)

Thursday, April 8 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(Mexico, 2002; in Spanish with English subtitles.)

When Father Amaro is sent to a new parish, he finds a haven of corruption, crime, and sex — and sinful temptation too strong to resist. Freely adapted from the 19th-century Portuguese novel by Jose Maria EŸa de Queiroz, this film is "brave in its condemnation of social and religious hypocrisy and political corruption" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune). Much publicized due to the stern disapproval it received from the Catholic Churches of Mexico and the U.S., El crimen became Mexico’s top-grossing film (toppling previous record-holder Y tu mama tambien). Discussant: History Professor David Tamarin.

Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)

Thursday, April 15 - 7:00 p.m. - Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

(Germany, 1930; in German with English subtitles.)

Germany's first sound film traces the pitiful degradation of Professor Rath (Emil Jannings, of silent film fame) as he falls madly in love for Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich), a sexually liberated, cross-dressing vaudeville star. Director Josef von Sternberg’s masterful film is a poignant condemnation of pre-World War II German conservatism; the "inherent cruelty and sadism of its characters sum up the national malaise that fostered the growth of Nazism during the following decade" (John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press). In German with English subtitles. Discussant: Retired Psychology Professor Mel Yessenow.

The International Film Series (IFS) was established in January 2003 to offer Geneseo students, faculty and staff, and the general public a variety of alternative films that emphasize diversity and multiculturalism. It incorporates and expands on previously existing programs at the college, including the Latin American and Caribbean Film Series. Bailey Hall 135 has been reserved exclusively as a venue for the IFS, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays during academic sessions.

Films are selected on the basis of proposals for individual and serial screenings submitted by faculty, staff and students of the college. Both documentaries and feature films are shown, and the series is supported in part by the faculty presenting films, the IFS Committee and the Office of the Provost.

IFS Committee members include: Geneseo Associate Professor of English Maria Lima, Geneseo Distinguished Professor of Psychology Margaret Matlin, and Geneseo Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Rose McEwen. Member Emeritus is Associate Professor of English Alan Lutkus, co-founder of the IFS and of the college’s Film Studies program.

More information and a link to the current IFS calendar is available on the SUNY Geneseo web site at Each calendar entry includes a link to descriptions of all the films.

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