English Vinglish in 10 foreign films to be screened at NWU
Nebraska Wesleyan University’s International Film Festival has expanded from one to two weekends and will feature 10 foreign films, from Thursday to Feb. 9 and Feb. 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 Avenue. Some films contain material for mature audiences.
One of the 10 films also features Sridevi Starrer English Vinglish, a story of a woman who does not know English and is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large. The film shows the lighthearted yet touching and transformational journey of Shashi..
Other films to be screened at the festival include “Soul Boy,”, “The Drummer,”, “Made in Mexico, “From Up on Poppy Hill,”
You can check the schedule for screening and full list of films here
The following is a schedule:
“Soul Boy,” 7 p.m. Thursday — 14-year-old Abila lives in one of the largest slums in Africa. His girlfriend Shiku belongs to a different tribe, and as a result, he is not allowed to fraternize with her. Together they embark on a quest to save his father. Not rated.
“The Drummer,” 7 p.m. Feb. 7 — A gangster’s willful son is sent into hiding over sexual misconduct. Sent far away, he unexpectedly takes up with remote Buddhist drummers who slowly but profoundly influence his life. Not rated.
“Le Havre,” 2 p.m. Feb. 8 — In this 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.
“Made in Mexico,” 7 p.m. Feb. 8 — 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.
“English Vinglish,” 2 p.m. Feb. 9 — 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 shows the lighthearted yet touching and transformational journey of Shashi. Not rated.
“Chance,” 7 p.m. Feb. 13 — This hilarious comedy tells the story of Toña and Paquita, 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 also discover a family secret. Not rated.
“From Up on Poppy Hill,” 7 p.m. Feb. 14 — A group of Yokohama teens looks to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Rated PG.
“A Separation,” 2 p.m. Feb. 15 — A married couple are 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.
“The Intouchables,” 7 p.m. Feb. 15 — After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. Rated R.
“Almanya: Welcome to Germany,” 2 p.m. Feb. 16 — 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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