Film Festival off to a strong start

By Ethan Lachney

The Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies kicked off its annual Spanish Language Film Festival on Mar. 6. 

The event, coordinated by Dr. Allison Rittmayer, associate professor of film studies and English at NSU, features two free screenings of a different Spanish language film from various parts of the world each week, once on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. and begins Mar. 6-27. The festival will then take a week hiatus and will resume screenings Apr. 7-14. 

Each screening is set to take place in the Creative and Performing Arts building on campus in room 206.  

The first film to be featured, tilted “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”, is an animated dark comedy from Spain and follows three children, all of which are animals, who leave their homes in search of a better life. 

Other films set to be shown at the festival are (in order of appearance): “Delicate Balance”, a documentary following Jose Mujica, former President of Uruguay, “Neruda”, a Golden Globe- nominated biopic about Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet who famously became a fugitive after joining the Communist Party, “On the Roof”, a drama about three friends living in Cuba dreaming of a prosperous future, and “The Future Perfect”, a film that examines the possible futures of a Chinese immigrant living in Buenos Aires. 

Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of three gift baskets. 

The event is produced in conjunction with Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. 

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