Language and Philosophy Department Hosts Annual Film Festival

Published: February 24, 2023 | Author: Ryann Anderegg | Read Time: 2 minutes

International Film FestivalSouthern Utah University’s Department of Languages and Philosophy hosted its annual International Cinema at Southern Utah University Film Festival between February 6 and February 23, 2023. With eight film screenings in three weeks, the ICSUU team is particularly thrilled to be adding Chinese-language films this year.

The festival opened on February 6 with Days of Being Wild, a drama about a search for personal identity from famed Hong Kong director Wong-kar Wai. Comrades: Almost a Love Story was the second Chinese-language selection. It is a 1996 drama about the immigrant experience of ordinary Chinese from post-socialist China by Hong Kong director Peter Chan.

Les Diaboliques, the French classic psychological thriller from 1955 involving a love triangle and a daring revenge plot, was screened on February 7. The film on February 9 was Coming Out, a 1989 East German drama whose original reception by audiences was overshadowed as it premiered the night before the Berlin Wall fell. On February 13, the film fest follows with Abre los Ojos, a psychological thriller science fiction blend from 1997 by Chilean-born Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar. 

Also screened was Good Night Mommy, an Austrian thriller from directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, which follows the increasingly mysterious relationship between twin boys and their mother. And Ismael’s Ghosts, a French drama from 2017 by director Arnaud Desplechin about a screenwriter whose life is sent into a tailspin by the reappearance of his wife who disappeared twenty-one years earlier.

The final night of the ICSUU film festival featured guest speakers Miriam and Sonia Albert Sobrino, sisters and filmmakers from Galicia, Spain. The sisters, who are professors in the Film & Media Arts Department at the University of Utah, discussed a series of their short films, mostly of the horror genre.

The Festival is made possible by the support of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and funding from Utah Humanities. Learn more about the International Film Festival at SUU.

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