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About the International Film Series

The BW International Film Series is a student organization funded by the Student Government. The organization receives support from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the following sponsors: Spanish Club, French Club, German Club, Chinese Club, and the Middle Eastern Student Alliance (MESA).


Contact for more information

Dr. Nadia Sahely at 440-826-2246 or 

Dr. Karen Barahona at 440-826-5926 or

Michelle Kupiec at

2014 International Film Series

Foreign film fans will have the opportunity to view fourteen subtitled films in ten languages as Baldwin Wallace hosts the 2014 International Film Series and the Festival of New Ibero-American Cinema over three weekends, Friday-Sunday, February 7-9, February 14-16, and Friday-Saturday, February 21-22.

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 7 at 5 p.m., with additional receptions between screenings on February 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.

    Friday, February 7, 2014

Film: El Regresso

Opening Reception - 5 p.m.


Costa Rica, 2011; Directed by: Hernán Jiménez
Not Rated, 95 minutes, in Spanish

The Return is the story of a delightful and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30 year-old Antonio returns to San José where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. He is welcomed by his intense sister, Amanda–whose husband recently abandoned her, and their young son Inti–who is apprehensive about Antonio’s presence. When things take an unexpected turn, Antonio is forced to remain home far longer than he had anticipated. (Pragda)

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

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Film: La Tete En Friche


France, 2011; Directed by: Jean Becker
Rated R, 82 minutes, in French, Flemish

My Afternoons with Margueritte is the story of life’s random encounters. In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50s and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She’s articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Between Germain and Margueritte, there are 40 years and 200 pounds difference. Germain is lured by Margueritte’s passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey–to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte. (C) Cohen Media Group.

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    Saturday, February 8, 2014

Film: La Pirogue


France, Senegal, Germany, 2012;
Directed by: Moussa Touré
Not Rated, 87 minutes, in French, Wolof, Spanish

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe. (ArtMattan)

Discussion led by Dr. Keba Sylla, Baldwin Wallace University, to follow film.

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Film: Hannah Arendt

Reception - 7 p.m.

HANNAH ARENDT - 7:30 p.m.

Germany, Luxembourg, France, 2012; Directed by: Margarethe von Trotta. Not Rated, 113 minutes, in German, English, Hebrew

German director Margarethe von Trotta’s 2012 biopic Hannah Arendt centers on Arendt’s response to the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann, which she covered for The New Yorker. Her writing on the trial became controversial for its depiction of both Eichmann and the Jewish councils, and for its introduction of Arendt’s now-famous concept of “the banality of evil.” The film, which captures Arendt at one of the most pivotal moments of her life and career, also features portrayals of other prominent intellectuals, including philosopher Martin Heidegger, novelist Mary McCarthy, and New Yorker editor William Shawn. (Wiki)

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    Sunday, February 9, 2014

Film: Que Culpa Tiene El Tomate

2 p.m.

Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, 2009; Directed by: Alejo Hoijman, Josué Mendez, Carolina Navas, Paola Vieira, Alejandra Szeplaki, Jorge Coira, Marcos Loayza Montoya
Not Rated, 107 minutes, in Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Aymara

What do you get when you take seven directors from seven different countries with seven different cultures and points of view? From the Land to Your Table is the first documentary of its kind in that it shows the perspectives of seven majorly talented filmmakers and directors from all over Latin America as they capture the conditions and cultural diversity of popular produce markets in their individual countries. (Pragda)

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

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    Friday, February 14, 2014

Film: El Comadante


Italy, Switzerland, 2012; Directed by: Silvio Soldini
Not Rated, 108 minutes, in Italian

Garibaldi’s Lovers presents a fizzy ride through a magical vision of metropolitan Italy, while at the same time casting a critical eye on modern life in the city. Widowed plumber Leo is struggling to deal with the growing pains of his two adolescent children, when his life intersects with penniless artist Diana and her eccentric landlord Amanzio. Through a hilarious series of coincidences, they give each other new hope for their futures–and for the city itself, so emblematic of our times. (Film Movement)

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Film: Amour

Reception - 7 p.m.

AMOUR - 7:30 p.m.

France, Germany, Austria, 2012; Directed by: Michael Haneke
Rated PG-13, 127 minutes, in French, English

Georges and Anne are a couple of retired music teachers enjoying life in their 80s. However, Anne suddenly has a stroke at breakfast and their lives are never the same. That incident begins Anne’s harrowingly steep physical and mental decline as Georges attempts to care for her at home as she wishes. Even as the fruits of their lives and career remain bright, the couple’s hopes for some dignity prove a dispiriting struggle even as their daughter enters the conflict. In the end, George, with his love fighting against his own weariness and diminished future on top of Anne’s, is driven to make some critical decisions for them both. (IMDB)

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    Saturday, February 15, 2014

Film: Habibi Rasak Kharban


Netherlands, Palestine, USA, UAE, 2011
Directed by: Susan Youssef
Not Rated, 85 minutes, in Arabic

Habibi, a story of forbidden love, is a fiction feature set in Gaza. Two students in the West Bank are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love defies tradition. To reach his lover, Qays grafittis poetry across town. Habibi is a modern re-telling of the famous ancient Sufi parable Majnun Layla. The full Arabic title is Habibi Rasak Kharban, which translates as “darling, something’s wrong with your head.” (RT)

Discussion to follow film.

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Film: Wilaya

Reception - 7 p.m.

WILAYA - 7:30 p.m.

Spain, 2012; Directed by: Pedro Pérez Rosado
Not Rated, 97 minutes, in Spanish, Arabic

Born into a Sahrawi refugee camp before being sent to live with foster parents in Spain, Fatimetu returns to her Saharan birthplace following the death of her mother and, despite having been absent for sixteen years, finds herself expected to resume family duties. With unprecedented access to the Sahrawi community, who are still waiting for status under international law, Wilaya is Pedro Pérez Rosado’s poetic evocation of being caught between two worlds. (Pragda)

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

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    Sunday, February 16, 2014

Film: La Muerte De Pinochet


Chile, 2011; Directed by: Iván Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut
Not Rated, 75 minutes, in Spanish

On December 10, 2006, General Pinochet dies unexpectedly in Santiago’s Military Hospital. For 24 hours, his death reawakens the political divisions that marked Chile’s recent history with death and violence. Using original footage and the testimonies of four characters who lived through that day of profound contrasts and shades of surrealism, the film relates the end of a key chapter in Chile’s history. A work that balances tragedy and comedy, it is a surprising portrait of Chilean society. (Pragda)

Discussion led by Dr. Karen Barahona, Baldwin Wallace University, to follow film.

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

More information about the film.

    Friday, February 21, 2014

Film: Black Bread


Spain, France, 2010; Directed by: Agustí Villaronga
Not Rated, 108 minutes, in Catalan, Spanish

Andreu, comes across the bodies of a father and son in the forest; leaning over the dying boy, Andreu hears him whisper “Pitorliu”—the name of a monster supposedly haunting local caves. But the real monsters in this brilliant adaptation of Emil Teixidor’s novel are the local Fascists, who keep close watch on the family of Andreu and other Republican sympathizers—and who think Andreu’s father might know more about these murders than he admits. Reminiscent of Pan’s Labyrinth and adored by audience and critics alike, Black Bread won an unheard of number of prizes, including 9 Goya Awards. Spanish selection for the 2011 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. (Pragda)

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

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Film: 11 Flowers

Reception - 7 p.m.

WO 11 (11 FLOWERS) - 7:30 p.m.

China, France, 2011; Directed by: Xiaoshuai Wang
Not Rated, 110 minutes, in Mandarin, Shanghainese

Eleven-year-old Wang Han lives with his family in a remote village in Guizhou province. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have. When Wang is selected to lead his school through their daily gymnastic regimen, his teacher recommends that he wear a clean, new shirt in honor of this important position – a request that forces his family to make a great sacrifice. But one afternoon, soon after Wang is given the precious shirt, he encounters a desperate, wounded man, who takes it from him. The man is on the run, wanted by the authorities for murder. In no time the fates of Wang and the fugitive are intertwined. (First Run)

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    Saturday, February 22, 2014

Film: The Wall

DIE WAND (THE WALL) - 5 p.m.

Austria/Germany, 2012; Directed by: Julian Pölsler
Not Rated, 108 minutes, in German, English

Martina Gedeck, star of the Academy Award®-winning film The Lives Of Others, brings a vivid intensity to this mysterious and riveting tale of survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. In a tour-de-force performance, Gedeck stars as an unnamed character who suddenly finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall inexplicably surrounds the countryside where she is vacationing. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature. As she grapples with her bizarre circumstances, she begins an inward journey of spiritual growth and transcendence. Based on Marlen Haushofer’s eponymous classic novel, The Wall is a gorgeous, mesmerizing adventure film that raises profound questions about humanity, solitude, and our relationship to the natural world. (Music Box)

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Film: Lucky

Closing Reception - 7 p.m.

LUCKY - 7:30 p.m.

South Africa, 2011; Directed by: Avie Luthra
Not Rated, 100 minutes, in Zulu, Hindi, English

How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky then falls in with Padma, an elderly Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other’s language, they develop an unlikely bond. Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and, ultimately, belonging, Lucky shows how a child’s spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa. (FM)

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The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.



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