Allegheny Presents Its Annual International Film Festival

The Allegheny College Department of Modern and Classical Languages will present its free 2018 International Film Festival, a five-week series of foreign films to be shown at The Movies at Meadville at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays between Jan. 31 and Feb. 28.

The series begins on Jan. 31 with the 2017 French film “Faces Places” in which 89-year-old Agnes Varda and 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR team up to co-direct this documentary. They travel through the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing portraits of the villagers. The movie documents these encounters as well as the unlikely friendship the filmmakers formed along the way.

A film of Arabic origin, still to be selected, will be screened on Feb.7.

On Feb. 14, “Coming Home,” a Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou and released in 2014, will be screened. The story is about a former political prisoner (Chen Daoming) who tries to help his wife (Gong Li) regain her memory and rediscover their love for each other.

“Julieta,” a Spanish film directed by Pedro Almodovar and released in 2016, will be shown on Feb. 21. In this film, a chance encounter causes a woman (Emma Suárez) to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her daughter.

On Feb. 28, “Axolotl Overkill,” a German film directed by Helene Hegemann and released in 2017, will be screened. In this movie, Mifti, a 16-year-old, begins to develop an obsession with Alice, an enigmatic and much older white-collar criminal.

The movies are open to the public. The theater is located at 11155 Highland Drive. Free round-trip shuttle service to the theater will be provided for students, departing North Main Street at Brooks Walk at 6:10 and 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
The films were selected by the Allegheny faculty, coordinated by Associate Professor of Spanish Wilfredo Hernández.

Photo Caption: “Faces Places,” a French film, is a documentary by filmmakers Agnes Varda and JR.