It's a great time of year to be a movie buff, with the approach of the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27 and the kick-off of the Cleveland International Film Festival next month. Sandwiched in between the two is the Spanish Film Festival at Kent State University, March 4 through 6.
Four films are scheduled for the festival, with no central theme aside from country of origin. "We chose among the recent films from Spain that got awards, and tried to mix genres so that the audience could get a sense of the variety of movies there," says Françoise Massardier-Kenney, professor of French and Director of the Institute for Applied Linguistics at Kent State. "There is a thriller, a coming-of-age story, a romantic comedy." The university has previously organized film festivals based on films from France, Japan and Latin America.
"We generally try to select films in a range of genres ... we're particularly interested in appealing to those that may have not had the opportunity or desire to watch foreign-language films in the past," says Kent State assistant professor Rebecca Pulju. "We are also eager to have people from the Kent community and beyond in the audience."
The films scheduled for the festival are Volver (Volver), El Bola (Pellet), Celda 211 (Cell 211) and Un Novio Para Yasmina (A Fiancé for Yasmina). "[Volver is a film] that people of all ages will love," says Massardier-Kenney. "Anyone who likes to go to a good movie will enjoy the films."
There will be a short presentation before each film and a discussion afterward. The films will be screened in the Michael Schwartz Center auditorium on the campus of Kent State. Admission is free, and complimentary parking is available in the Michael Schwartz Center or Kent Student Center parking lots. For directions, click here. For more information about the films, visit Kent State online.
WATCH: Trailer for El Bola