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All screenings are held on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Theater. Admission is FREE and open to the public. All foreign-language films have subtitles.
The International Film Series is made possible by the generous support of the UD Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events (CAPE).
Venezuela 2013, 93 minutes
Junior is a nine-year-old boy who has stubbornly curly hair, or "bad hair." He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta, a young, unemployed widow. Overwhelmed by what it takes to survive in the chaotic city of Caracas, Marta finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior's fixation with his looks. The Chicago Reader calls this film an "accomplished piece of social realist filmmaking, clear-eyed but tender."
Mexico 2013, 108 minutes
This assured and moving debut by director Diego Quemada-Díez is a piercing and poetic road movie that follows the fortunes of four Guatemalan teenagers on a dangerous journey across the Mexican border into America.
Poland 2013, 112 minutes
As long as he's been alive, Matuesz has heard people call him a vegetable. Crippled by cerebral palsy and unable to speak, he's been labeled mentally disabled. His parents hold out hope that he can understand them, but doctors refuse to believe he's an intelligent being. Based on a true story, Life Feels Good is an unbelievable testament to the endurance of the human spirit. As the years go by, and the support of his family begins to dwindle, Matuesz keeps pushing, never giving up hope that one day he'll finally be heard. Featuring breakout performances from Kamil Tkacz and Dawid Ogrodnik, Life Feels Good is a profound tale of perseverance that underscores the true importance of human communication.
Chile 2013, 108 minutes
Gloria stars Paulina García in a tour de force performance that captured the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. A "woman of a certain age" who still feels young, Gloria makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair -- until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever.
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