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UC European Film Festival Comes to Close with Screening at The Esquire Theatre

The Center for Film and Media Studies concludes its 2018 UC European Film Festival Thursday, March 8, with 'La Madre,' directed by Spanish film director Alberto Morais.

Date: 3/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
By: Stuart Lindle
Photos By: Cinefoundation

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies concludes the 2018 European Film Festival Thursday, March 8, with "La Madre," directed by Spanish film director Alberto Morais.

Screening is at The Esquire Theatre. The film will begin at 7 p.m., with a discussion to follow.

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Official poster for "La Madre"

The film tells a story of a 14-year-old boy and his mother who seek refuge in the house of her Romanian ex-lover. "La Madre" reverses migrant roles by having an Eastern European take in a Spanish family.

Though "La Madre" touches on the topic of migration, it also brings attention to a slice of life on the fringe of Spanish society in a personable and relatable way.

According to Associate Professor Michael Gott, Director of Programming for UC’s Center for Film and Media Studies (CFMS), students have responded to seeing these kinds of stories on screen because they aren’t typically shown in Cincinnati —  but also because the themes are relatable for them. "In the graduate course I’m teaching this semester at least half the class comes from another country."

Other films during the festival have explored topics such as immigration, poverty, segregation and rural culture. "During this European Film Festival, we focused on contemporary issues and social justice, as well as just interesting films" he says.

Europe in 10 Films

An event held by CFMS on UC’s campus ob Thursday March 1, took themes from the festival one step further with, "Everything You Need to Know About Europe in 10 Films."

"We wanted to do something a little less academic," Gott said before introducing the panelists.

In lieu of a conventional lecture, five professors—Todd Herzog, Evan Turner, Tanja Nusser and Svea Braeunert from the German Studies department and Gott from the Romance Languages department—presented different representations of Europe in film.

Professor Herzog, German Studies department head, showed two films that reflect a new kind of realism found in films made in smaller European countries like Bosnia and Romania, including Marta Hernaiz’s "The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadic."

They are films that may never be seen outside the film festival circuit.

Herzog said he’s been most impressed by the diversity of films presented through the festival. The range of themes resonates with people from different social, racial and economic backgrounds.

"One of the most important functions of the center is to bring to bring together students, faculty and the citizens of Cincinnati," he said.

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