The MLLI department is presenting three films during the week of March 10 as part of its spring film series.
On Monday, March 10 at 7:15 p.m. in Administration Building Room 101, the Spanish area of MLLI presents Violeta Went to Heaven (Andrés Wood 2011 Chile), a subtitled Latin American film. As described in the New York Times: ”Depicting the unconventional life of the Chilean musician and folk artist Violeta Parra, ‘Violeta Went to Heaven’ unfolds as a poetic sine wave of celebration and defeat. By turns charming, selfish, passionate and dismissive, Parra (beautifully played by Francisca Gavilán) poured herself into her songs, emotionally resonant wails of romantic pain and social injustice.” (Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times).
On Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Administration Building Room 101, the German area of MLLI presents 3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad in German with English subtitles. What is it like to live with friends in a Wohngemeinschaft (shared apartment) in today’s urban Germany? This film portrays the life of eight teens and twenty-somethings who are always on the move. They refashion their own relationships and reshape their physical surroundings and living conditions, falling in and out of love, moving in and out of apartments. Along the way some discover shocking facts about their parents, whose relationships are not what they seem. A comedic milieu-study of contemporary German youth with a cast of actors from some of the best German theater families.
On Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Sherman Hall B Wing Room 006, the French area of MLLI presents Rue Cases-Nègres (Black Shack Alley). The introduction and post film discussion will be lead by Dr. Judith Schneider, an associate professor of French at UMBC. The 1983 classic by Martinican director Euzhan Palcy tells the story of a young black orphan growing up with his grandmother in 1930s Martinique. The film has received several awards: Winner: Best First Film – Euzhan Palcy – 1983 French Academy of Cinema, Best Actress – Darling Legitimus 1983 Venice International Film Festival, Silver Lion for Best First Film - Euzhan Palcy – 1983 Venice International Film Festival. “One of the most dazzlingly beautiful, exquisitely lyrical and profoundly moving films of all time . . . Rue Cases-Nègres (Black Shack Alley)” (L. Johns, TheRoot.com)
More information on the MLLI film series can be found here.