International Film Series to feature variety of genres

Baldwin Wallace is holding its International Film Series once again.

The annual event, a series of foreign films of multiple genres and languages, will be shown from Feb. 9-11 and 16-18.

The festivities kick off with an opening reception on the ninth, starting at 5 p.m. in Marting Hall, Room 114. 5:45 p.m. marks the start of the first film, Franz, a German/French film set in the years after the Second World War.

It follows a young French woman whose fiancé has died in the trenches. After a young German man shows up in town putting flowers on the grave, the young woman befriends him, even though he seems suspicious to others.

Also on the ninth, at 8 p.m., is the start of the series’ second film, La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy). The Italian/French film follows two young women from a psychiatric clinic as they escape and make their way into the world in search of love and happiness.

Providing a closer look into the festivities is French Club President Amani Saleem, who is playing a role in the set up of the series.

“I am so excited,” Saleem said. “I absolutely love foreign films because they fascinate me. All of the different flavors
of film technique blended with some great company can go a long way.”

The receptions on Feb. 9 and 16 are set to include an array of food from many different cultures. Saleem is also anticipating the receptions for just this reason.

“I’m so interested in the food as well,” she said. “I’m so interested in learning about different takes on every day cuisines.”

With such an anticipated movie line-up along with delicious food, Saleem expects spectators can take a lot from the films.

“I hope that everyone in attendance enjoys the artistry of these movies and will feel good knowing they’ve explored more than just modern-day U.S. films,” said Saleem.

For a full list of every movie featured in the series, visit the BW website.