PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — This year the International Film Festival at Shawnee State University begins with “Viridiana” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Flohr Lecture Hall in the Clark Memorial Library.
The film is set in Spain and the Spanish government suppressed it on the grounds of blasphemy and obscenity.
“Viridiana” centers on a young idealistic nun named Viridiana just before taking her final vows. Mother superior forces Viridiana to visit her wealthy uncle who tries to corrupt her. The film won the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The second film scheduled is “Black Orpheus” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 set in Brazil. Hosting the film is Priscilla Santos, a Brazilian student at SSU.
The film is a retelling of the “Orpheus and Eurydice” legend and the setting is at the annual carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The film has won many awards and features a samba musical score.
The third film from Germany is on Thursday, Jan. 30. “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” is about a lonely German cleaning woman who has a love affair with a much younger Moroccan mechanic and marries him.
SSU Assistant Professor Tom Piontek, Ph.D., who is from Germany, will host the film.
The last film, “Chungking Express” from China will be shown on Friday, Jan. 31. It’s about two love-struck cops who have broken up with their girlfriends.
Each film is free and open to the public and snacks from the featured countries will be available. The SSU International Film Festival is sponsored in part by the U.S. Bank.