Foreign Film Nights @ the Library

Brand new study rooms, comfortable furniture, and natural lighting are not the only features the library will be offering in the fall. The excitement of the new opening has been sparking new ideas of various events that could be planned and held when the building reopens. Visions of students proudly displaying their artwork in galleries, students boldly reading aloud their poetry for their classmates, and students laughing as they participate in stress-relieving activities during finals week fill the minds of library faculty and staff.

Starting in the fall of 2013, the library will launch monthly Foreign Film Nights. The library has screening rights to various foreign films from many different countries including France, Italy, Japan, and Israel. Screenings will be held during which students can expand their minds and broaden their movie horizon. All of these screenings are free and open to the public. No tickets necessary. All the films are spoken in the native language of the country it comes from, however there will be English subtitles so the stories will be easy to follow. The first three films will be held during the Fall semester in September, October, and November. These films are The Day I Saw Your Heart, a 2011 French drama/comedy; Corpo Celeste, a 2011 Italian drama; and Hospitalité, a 2010 Japanese comedy.

On September 18, 2013 at 7 p.m., The Day I Saw Your Heart will be shown. The story in this film is one of a 60-year-old man who is expecting a child with his new wife. The man attempts to form a closer bond with his grown daughters, who are shocked by the news, but his attempts may tear the family apart.

Corpo Celeste will be shown on October 30, 2013 at 7 p.m. This story follows a 13-year-old girl who, after living in Switzerland for 10 years, moves back to Italy. While in Italy, this young girl struggles with socialization as well as her faith in her church.

On November 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. Hospitalité will be shown. This film tells the story of a small Japanese family living in an extremely boring neighborhood whose lives are turned upside down when a man begins to stay at the family’s house as a live-in employee.

For the Spring 2014 semester, three more films will be shown. On February 12, 2014 at 7 p.m., The Queen of Hearts, a 2010 French romantic comedy, will be presented. A 2009 Israeli drama, Seven Minutes in Heaven, will be featured on March 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. Lastly, at 7 p.m. on April 9, 2014, a 2012 American drama about the friendship between two young immigrants, Foreign Letters, will be screened.

Foreign Film Nights @ the Library, 2013-2014
September 18, 2013 @ 7 p.m. – Foreign Film Night The Day I Saw Your Heart
October 30, 2013 @ 7 p.m. – Foreign Film Night Corpo Celeste
November 13, 2013 @ 7 p.m. – Foreign Film Night – Hospitalité
February 12, 2014 @ 7 p.m. – Foreign Film Night The Queen of Hearts
March 5, 2014 @ 7 p.m. – Foreign Film Night Seven Minutes in Heaven
April 9, 2014 @ 7 p.m. – Foreign Film Night Foreign Letters

Do any of these movies sound interesting to you? Do you have any comments or suggestions about an art gallery, poetry reading, or stress-relieving activities being held? If you have any thoughts or ideas about more events the library could hold, please leave your comments below.

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2 Responses to Foreign Film Nights @ the Library

  1. Avatar of Erin Dorney Erin Dorney says:

    Leroy – We would love to collaborate with the Foreign Languages Department! Sending you an email now. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Dr. Leroy Hopkins says:

    For the academic year 2013-14 I am acting chair of Foreign Languages. It would be interesting to have our department involved in your Foreign Film Nights since we represent some of the cultures that have produced the films that are going to be shown. One aspect that can be emphasized in your offerings is the emergence of multicultural societies. That is important given the prominence that race and ethnicity have in our society.

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