Languages and Philosophy Hosts 11th Annual International Film Festival

Published: January 23, 2020 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 3 minutes

International Film FestivalSouthern Utah University’s eleventh annual International Film Festival, hosted by the Department of Languages and Philosophy, will begin in January of 2020. As always, all films are free, subtitled, and open to the public. 

"This year's festival focuses on stars and star power in international cinema,” said Dr. Corey Twitchell, assistant professor of German. “Our films this year highlight how different countries make use of star power and what that means for actors in non-English language films."

This year’s festival will feature six films in Spanish, French, and German. The festival lineup will be as follows:

Monday, January 27: Relatos Salvajes (2014)
6:00 p.m., Student Center Theater
Produced by the Almodovar brothers and written and directed by Damián Szifrón—one of Argentina’s most popular, talented and celebrated young filmmakers—Wild Tales is a fast-paced movie made of six independent short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress. An exquisitely crafted thriller/dark comedy combination, this film won several international awards (BAFTA, Goya) and was nominated for the Palm d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
Thursday, January 30: Sissi (1952)
6:00 p.m., Student Center Theater
Sissi (1955) re-imagines the historical engagement and wedding between the young Bavarian princess Elizabeth and Franz Joseph, the crown prince of Austria. Romy Schneider, one of the most well-known actresses of postwar German cinema, brings the young princess (nicknamed “Sissi”) and this modern fairy tale to life.
Monday, February 3: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)
6:00 p.m., Student Center Theater
In The Young Girls of Rochefort, a musical from 1967, Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort, France, looking for love. There is singing and dancing in the streets in this euphoric film that helped to launch the career of French icon Catherine Deneuve.
Thursday, February 6: Transit (2018)
6:00 p.m., Student Center Theater
Transit is a 2018 German drama directed by Christian Petzold, one of the most important filmmakers working in Germany today. Transit is based on German-Jewish author Anna Seghers’s 1944 novel of the same name and adapted to be set in the present. The film follows a refugee (Franz Rogowski) who impersonates a dead writer in a desperate bid to flee a murderous fascist state.
Monday, February 10: El hijo de la novia (2001)
6:00 p.m., Sterling Church Auditorium
Acclaimed director Juan José Campanella and Argentine film star Ricardo Darín get together in this dramatic comedy that tells the story of Rafael Belvedere, a down-and-out single father taking care of his young daughter while attempting to keep the family restaurant he inherited from his parents open. A film about love, family, dreams and the opportunities that lie in every crisis. Winner of the Special Jury Prize Montreal World Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Thursday, February 13: Barbara (2017)
6:00 p.m., Student Center Theater
In Barbara, a 2017 French drama, a director wants to make a biopic about the famous French singer Barbara. An actress prepares for the role, and the director, also getting ready for the shoot, becomes obsessed with his subject, or perhaps with the actress who has come to incarnate Barbara.


SUU’s International Film Festival is proudly sponsored by International Cinema at SUU (ICSUU), the Department of Languages and Philosophy, Utah Humanities, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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