Missouri Southern State University faculty members have selected the international films to be screened in the upcoming Spring Series and, as in previous years, they will provide an introduction to each film prior to screening.
Admission to all films is free and open to the public.
• “The Orphanage” (Spain): 7 p.m. Tuesday, Cornell Auditorium at Plaster Hall. Producer Guillermo del Toro’s film follows a woman who brings her family back to her childhood home, which was an orphanage for disabled children. The introduction will be made by Michael Howarth, English teacher and director of the specialized program.
• “Elevator to the gallows” (France): 7 p.m. February 1, Bookhouse Cinema. The crime thriller, with a jazz score by Miles Davis, depicts lovers plotting murder. The introduction will be provided by Steve Wagner, professor of history.
• “3 Idiots” (India): 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Cornell Auditorium. The comedy-drama, based on the novel “Five Point Someone” by Chetan Bhagat, follows two friends as they search for their long-lost college mate. The introduction will be made by Jody Jensen, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy.
• “Roma” (Mexico): 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Bookhouse Cinema. Director Alfonso Cuarón examines the relationship between an indigenous domestic worker and the upper-middle-class household where she lives. The introduction will be made by Bill Fischer, Associate Professor of History.
• “Chocolate” (France): 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Cornell Auditorium. The film tells the story of a complicated friendship between a white girl and her family’s black adult servant. The introduction will be provided by Michele Holt, Master French Instructor.
• “The Wings of Desire” (Germany): 7:00 p.m. March 1, Bookhouse Cinema. Set a few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the film follows two angels as they observe humanity. The introduction will be made by Amy Gates, assistant professor of English.
• “Soldier of Orange” (Netherlands): 7:00 p.m. March 8, Cornell Auditorium. The film, based on real events, tells the story of Erik Lanshof and a small group of students as they struggle to survive Nazi occupation at the end of World War II. The introduction will be given by Galen A. Irwin, visiting professor.
• “The Battle of Algiers” (Italy): 7 p.m. March 15, Bookhouse Cinema. This political film recreates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from France in the 1950s. The introduction will be made by Zak Watson, director of the Department of English and Philosophy.