2005 UNK Foreign Film & Culture Festival

Cherie DeFreece
Department of Modern Languages, 308.865.8536


Monday October 10, 4:00 p.m. THMH 106
Tampopo  ( Japanese dialog. Dir. by Juzo Itami, 1987).
Called the “first noodle Western,” this film follows the life of a young widow who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo and her quest for the perfect bowl of ramen.

Monday October 10, 4:00 p.m. THMH 107
Rosenstrasse   (German dialog. Dir. by Margaretha von Trotta, 2003).
In 1943 on the Berlin street Rosenstrasse, Jewish men were rounded up for the concentration camps and certain death. At great danger, their German wives protested to save their lives.

6:00 p.m. Spanish and Japanese Snacks in the Downstairs Atrium

Monday October 10, 7:00 p.m.THMH 107
Martín Fierro  (Spanish dialog. Dir. by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentina,1968).
Based upon the most important narrative poem of Argentine literature, this film portrays the life of agaucho  who lost his wife, sons and home when he was drafted to fight in the Indian wars.

Tuesday October 11, 4:00 p.m.THMH 106
Pièces d’identité  (Proof of Identity, French dialog. Dir. by Mweze Ngangura Congo/Belgium, 1998).The venerable king of the Bakongo in Africa sets out on a quest for his long-lost daughter, whom he sent to study medicine in Belgium many years before.

Tuesday October 11, 4:00 p.m.THMH 107
Diarios de motocicleta.  (Motorcycle Diaries, Spanish dialog. Dir. by Walter Salles, 2004).
Before Ernesto Guevara became “Che,” he and his best friend crossed the Andes from Argentina to Chile and then traveled north to discover the life of the poor in Peru.

6:00 p.m. German, Arabic & Spanish Snacks in Downstairs Atrium

Tuesday October 11, 7:00 p.m. THMH 106
Das Wunder von Bern  (The Miracle of Bern, German dialog. Dir. by Sönke Wortmann, 2003).
In 1954, Germany miraculously won the world soccer championship. Matthias celebrates while trying to rekindle a love of life in his father, who had just returned after eleven years as a POW.

Tuesday October 11, 7:00 p.m. THMH 107
La colmena  (The Beehive, Spanish dialog. Dir. by Mario Camus, Spain, 1982).
Following Spain’s devastating Civil War (1936-1939), the people of Madrid suffer deprivation but look for hope as they go to the cafés, walk through the streets and try to begin a new life.

Tuesday October 11, 7:00 p.m. THMH 115
The Battle of Algiers. (French & Arabic dialog. Dir. by Gillo Pontecoro, Italy/Algeria, 1967).
Internationally acclaimed and with newsreel-like authenticity, this film re-enacts the Algerian revolt against the French who had colonized their country.

Wednesday October 12, 4:00 p.m. THMH 107  
Todos somos estrellas  (We Are All Stars, Spanish dialog. Dir. by Felipe Degregori, Peru, 1993). A not so perfect family is chosen by mistake to appear on television as the family of the week and everyone scrambles.

6:00 p.m. French & Spanish Snacks in Downstairs Atrium

Wednesday October 12, 7:00 p.m. THMH 106
Les Choristes  (The Chorus, French dialog, Dir. Christophe Barratier, 2004).
The new boarding school teacher and dormitory director introduces beauty and a hopeful view of life into the drab and cruel institution when he begins to teach the boys how to sing in a choir.
Wednesday October 12, 7:00 p.m. THMH 107
Fresa y chocolate  (Strawberry and Chocolate, Spanish dialog. Dir. by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1994). This film shows how the persecution of gays in communist Cuba began to give way to tolerance when a few straight men realized that it was possible to have a gay friend.

All films are shown with subtitles in English. They are free of charge and are offered as a service of the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.