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About the International Film Series:

The Baldwin Wallace University International Film Series is a student organization funded by Student Government. We are grateful for the support of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the following sponsors: French Club, German Club, Spanish Club, the Middle Eastern Culture Club (MECC), the Chinese Club, and the Italian Club.


Contact for more information:

Dr. Nadia Sahely at 440-826-2246 or 

Dr. Stephen Hollender at 440-826-2248 or

Lisa Brice at

2015 International Film Series

Foreign film fans will have the opportunity to view nine subtitled films as Baldwin Wallace hosts the 2015 International Film Series over two weekends, Friday-Sunday, February 6-8 and Friday-Saturday, February 13-14.

All films will be shown in Marting Hall, Room 114, 50 Seminary St., Berea (directions to campus).  All shows are free and open to the public. An opening reception will take place Friday, February 6 at 5 p.m., with additional receptions between screenings on February 7, 13 and 14.

    Friday, February 6, 2015


Opening Reception - 5 p.m.

OH BOY (A Coffee in Berlin) - 6 p.m.

Jan Ole Gerster / Germany / 83 min / 2012 / German, English

Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Living for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, Niko curiously observes everyone around him. One fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.

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GRIGRIS - 8 p.m.

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun / Chad, France / 101 min / 2013 / French, Arabic

Despite a paralyzed leg, 25-year-old Grigris has hopes of becoming a professional dancer, making some extra cash by putting his killer moves to good use on the dance floor of his local club every weekend. His dreams are tested when his step-father falls critically ill and he is forced to risk his future by smuggling oil to pay the hospital bills. When he befriends Mimi, a beautiful but damaged prostitute, the two try to start a new life together. As bad decisions catch up with them, they run for their lives with their pasts never far behind, resulting in a perilous climax.

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    Saturday, February 7, 2014


TIAN ZHU DING (A Touch of Sin) - 5 p.m.

Zhang Ke Jia / China, Japan, France / 133 min / 2013 / Mandarin, Cantonese, English

A Touch of Sin was inspired by four shocking and true events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), "one of the best and most important directors in the world" (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends. (RT)

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Reception - 7:15 p.m.

VIAGGIO SOLA (A Five Star Life) - 8 p.m.

Maria Sole Tognazzi / Italy / 85 min / 2013 / Italian, French, English

Forty-something Irene had a dream job that made her life easy: a luxury hotel inspector working in a wonderful ever-renewed setting, from Paris to Gstaad to Berlin to Morocco to China. Does a dream job mean a dream life? She was single but managed to remain on good terms with Andrea, her former life companion. She was childless but occasionally took care of her two little nieces. And it was such fun to play the mystery guest in those magnificent hotels. Things could have gone on that way until one day Irene met Kate Sherman. (IMDB)

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    Sunday, February 8, 2015


In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

GOOD BYE LENIN! - 2 p.m.

Wolfgang Becker / Germany / 121 min / 2003 / German, Russian, English

In October 1989, right before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Alex Kerner (Daniel Brühl) is living with his mom, Christiane (Kathrin Sass), and sister, Ariane (Maria Simon). But when his mother, a loyal party member, sees Alex participating in an anti-communist rally, she falls into a coma and misses the revolution. After she wakes, doctors say any jarring event could make her have a heart attack, meaning the family must go to great lengths to pretend communism still reigns in Berlin. Discussion to follow film.

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    Friday, February 13, 2015



WADJDA - 5 p.m.

Haifaa Al-Mansour / Saudi Arabia, Germany, USA, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Japan / 98 min / 2013 / Arabic

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing her boundaries. After a fight with a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants it desperately so she can beat her friend in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

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Reception - 7 p.m.

AQUÍ Y ALLÁ (Here and There) - 7:30 p.m.

Antonio Méndez Esparza / USA, Spain, Mexico / 110 min / 2012 / Spanish, Nahuatl

AQUÍ: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the US, he hopes to make a better life with his family, and even to pursue his dreams on the side by starting a band. He cherishes the everyday moments with his family. ALLÁ: The villagers think this year’s crop will be bountiful. There is also good work in a growing city an hour away. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away. While working in the fields, Pedro meets and begins to mentor a teenager who dreams of the US. Aquí y Allá is a story about hope and the memories and loss of what we leave behind.

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    Saturday, February 14, 2015



Cédric Klapisch / France, Spain / 122 min / 2002 / French, Spanish, English, Catalan, Danish, German, Italian

Twenty-five-year old economics student Xavier travels to Barcelona to study as part of 'Erasmus', a European exchange program. His first days are rough, not only because he has left his girlfriend behind, but also because he faces all the difficulties of moving to a new country, from the inability to express himself in Catalan to the frustration of finding an apartment. He finally settles in with six other students from all over Europe, including Spain, Germany, Belgium, England and Italy. Together, they go on a series of adventures. Cédric Klapisch's cinematic inventions, along with his use of a digital camera and varied music selection make for a highly energetic, discombobulated comedy that reflects both the modern world and the lives of soul-searching young adults. (

Discussion to follow film.

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Reception - 7 p.m.

CASSE-TÊTE CHINOIS (Chinese Puzzle) - 7:30 p.m.

Cédric Klapisch / France, USA, Belgium / 117 min / 2014 / French, English, Spanish, Chinese, Yiddish

Eleven years after his Franglais smash "L'auberge espagnole" and eight years after sequel "Russian Dolls," French writer-helmer Cédric Klapisch follows up with the zesty "Chinese Puzzle," a New York-set comedy that serves as a seductive advertisement for modern urban living. Retaining the energy and zing of the earlier films but dialing down the youthful angst, the film delivers witty, sexy fare that's the fast-food equivalent of Richard Linklater’s thematically weightier “Before … " trilogy. (Charles Gant, Variety)

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