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Coastal Carolina University hosts foreign film series

January 15, 2004

A series of six foreign films will be presented at Coastal Carolina University during the spring 2004 semester. All the films in the series will be screened in Coastals Wall Auditorium at 7 p.m. with free admission.

The series is sponsored by Coastals Office of Student Activities and the International Student Club. For more information, call 349-2301.

January 26 Talk to Her

Directed by Pedro Almodvar

Almodvars latest film is a story of friendship between two men, about loneliness and the long convalescence of wounds provoked by passion. Past and present flow together and everything seems touched by magic. Funny, melodramatic and moving, the film was chosen by many critics as the best film of 2002.

Spanish 2002 112 minutes in Spanish with English subtitles

February 9 Happenstance

Directed by Laurent Firode

A cleverly constructed comedy about how a subtle twist of fate can affect the lives of total strangers, Happenstance ingeniously tracks a group of seemingly unconnected individuals during the course of one day. As the characters interact with one another randomly, every chance encounter bears a consequence that will later become significant.

French 2001 97 minutes in French with English subtitles

February 23 La Vidaes Silbar (Life Is To Whistle)

Directed by Fernando Perez

A love letter from a Cuban director to his own country, this film blends visual flair, absurdist humor, mystical realism and the pulsating music of Bola de Nieve and Benny Mor. The narrator, 18-year-old Beb, guides us through the romantic mishaps of three characters whose lives intersect on the Day of Santa Brbara, at the end of the century.

Cuban and Spanish 1998 106 minutes in Spanish with English subtitles

March 22 Run Lola Run

Directed by Tom Tykwer

Lola, a flame-headed Berlin hipster, has 20 minutes to race through the city and get her hands on 100,000 German marks, or her boyfriend will be murdered. She experiences three alternate destinies triggered by split-second differences in the chain of cause and effect.

German 1999 81 minutes in German with English subtitles

April 5 Fire

Directed by Deepa Mehta

Banned in India, Fire is the first film to confront lesbianism in a culture that adamantly denies its existence. Shabana Azmi shines in this taboo-breaking portrayal of contemporary India.

Indian 1998 104 minutes in English

April 19 Shower

Directed by Zhang Yang

This insightful, bittersweet comedy set in Beijing concerns an aging father, Liu, who runs a strictly traditional bathhouse for a mostly elderly clientele. Lius thoroughly modern son learns the hard way how progress and the loss of centuries-old culture can threaten a family.

Chinese 1999 92 minutes in Mandarin with English subtitles ###