MSSU Film Festival

About US

All films presented at 7 p.m., Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. (See Map)

No admission is charged.

For half a century our organization, now known as Missouri Southern Film Society, has programmed significant classic and world cinema.

Program notes are distributed before each screening and participation in informal discussions is encouraged. These promote greater perception and help stimulate a critical appreciation of the films.

Our first program, the British comedy The Belles of St. Trinian's, was shown Oct. 15, 1962 and we continue to explore creative traditional and new wave movements. For the last nine years films representing a specific country have been shown as an activity of our themed-semesters. Each fall the MSSU Institute of International Studies presents films that focus on the country featured during the themed semester. The Society's continuing offerings of films from other countries, recently restored and transferred to DVD format, are shown in the spring.

For more information call (417) 673-1261 or send an email.


48th MSSU International Film Festival


Canada Semester Film Events (Fall 2009):

Continuing Film Society Series (Spring 2010):


Canada Semester Film Events

48th MSSU International Film FestivalTuesday, September 8, 2009

Nanook of the North (1922)

Directed by Robert Flaherty
One of the earliest attempts to use cinema to take audiences into the life of a culture unfamiliar to many, Flaherty’s classic film tells the story of an Inuit hunter’s struggle to survive in Canada’s Hudson Bay region. It was, upon its release, a tremendous critical and commercial success.


AtanarjuatTuesday, September 22, 2009

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2002)

Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

The first full-length Inuit feature film, this epic follows the adventures of Atanarjuat, a young man known for his swiftness, who has to use all his resources to fight for the woman he loves, his life and his community, which has been cursed by an unknown shaman. The film moves deeply into mythic realms and was immediately hailed by many as a masterpiece.


TBlack Robeuesday, September 29, 2009

Black Robe (1991)

Directed by Bruce Beresford

A young Jesuit priest, nicknamed “Black Robe” by his Algonquin Indian guides, is ordered to travel into the wilderness of 17th-century Canada to convert the Huron Indians. His harrowing journey leads to new understanding of himself, his faith and
the spirit of the land and people he seeks to convert.Tuesday, October 6


KamouraskaTuesday, Oct. 6, 2009

Kamouraska (1974)

Directed by Claude Jutra

Noted French-Canadian director Claude Jutra ’s adaptation of the novel by a major novelist and poet, Anne Hébert, set in a remote region of early 19th-century Québec. The 1974 film centers on a woman’s memories of her life and relationships with three men, especially her oppressive marriage to one man and her passion for another.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

32 Short Films About Glen Gould32 Short Films About Glen Gould  (1993)

Directed by François Girard

This innovative pseudo-documentary explores the life and art of the legendary Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould, sensitively and resourcefully portrayed by Colm Feore, from at least 32 intriguing perspectives. The soundtrack is filled with Gould playing Bach, Beethoven, Sibelius, Wagner, and Hindemith.


ApprenticeshipTuesday, October 13, 2009

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

Director Ted Kotcheff

Director Ted Kotcheff’s adaptation of the most widely known comic novel by the acclaimed Montréal writer Mordecai Richler, portrays the career of a young man on the make who will stop at nothing to acquire a large parcel of land in Québec’s Laurentian mountains. Starring Richard Dreyfuss in his first major role.


JesusThursday, October 22, 2009

Jesus of Montréal (1989)

Directed by Denys Arcand

As a band of actors undertake to modernize a Passion Play at a famous Montréal shrine, the roles they assume intriguingly begin to possess them, blurring the boundaries between their real lives and their lives onstage.


Black RobeTuesday, November 3, 2009

Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006)

Directed by Erik Canuel

When a corpse is found literally straddling the Ontario-Québec border, a fastidious Toronto police officer and his freewheeling French-speaking counterpart are forced to work together to track down a serial killer. In addition to being a compelling actionadventure film full of dark humor, the movie illuminates cultural differences and similarities in a constantly engaging way.


The Sweet HereafterTuesday, November 10, 2009

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Directed by Atom Egoyan

Outstanding, internationally acclaimed director Atom Egoyan’s haunting adaptation of the novel by Russell Banks traces an opportunistic lawyer’s investigation of a tragic school bus accident as it moves deeper and deeper into the lives and secrets of a small town. Starring Ian Holm and a cast of outstanding Canadian actors.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Away from HerAway from Her (2007)

Director Sarah Polley

Based on a short story by prize-winning Canadian author Alice Munro, director Sarah Polley’s film sensitively explores the gradually deepening and disturbing impact of Alzheimer’s disease on a couple who have been married for almost 50 years. The film features exquisite performances by Julie Christie and Gordon Pinset.

Continuing Film Society Series (Spring 2010)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yesterday Girl (Abschied von gestern) (Germany, 1966)

Alexander Kluge, one of the founders of the “Young German Cinema” movement, wrote and directed this film about an unruly heroine who gets into conflict with West German society after her escape from East Germany. Trying to break away from the hostility and misunderstanding of her parent’s generation, she discovers that conservatism and scarred memories thrive on both sides of the wall. “…Yesterday Girl summed up the aspirations of a generation….” (Olaf Moller, Sight and Sound). A nominee for the Golden Lion and winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 1966 Venice Festival.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

All My Good Countrymen (Vsichni dobri rodaci) (Czechosolvakia, 1968)

Directed by Vojtech Jasny.

This is one of the least-known wonders of the enormously creative Czech New Wave. A group of unforgettable characters in a small Moravian village endure major trauma following the socialization of Czechoslovakia. Completed barely before the Soviet invasion in 1968, it was immediately banned and never shown. Despite this, the film won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival and is praised as a work of great lyricism, humor and originality. Labeled “… a masterpiece …” (The New York Times). “The film and the milieu it so precisely evokes are not so much nostalgic as they are powerfully remembered and irrevocably lost….(it) reflects the curdled fury of a former true believer” (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice).


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od Aniolów) (Poland, 1961)

Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz

This based-on-fact drama is set in a 17th-century Polish convent, where a priest investigates demonic possession among nuns. But he finds himself the object of the erotic cravings of the Mother Superior. Full of brilliant symbolism, director Jerzy Kawalerowicz weaves a powerful allegory of good vs. evil, chastity vs. eroticism. “A strange and absorbing film…the best of the new wave of Polish films to be seen here.” (Hollis Alpert, Saturday Review). Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Electra, My Love (Szerelmem, Elektra)

(Hungary, 1974)

Miklos Jancso, one of the great political filmmakers, relocates the classic myth of Electra to a desolate Hungarian plain. The heroine partakes in an ancient ritual while awaiting her brother’s return before avenging their father’s murder. The film is shot as a visual epic, with elaborate camera movements that are Jancso’s famous signature. Labeled “Stunning” (Variety) and “Dazzling” (Sight and Sound). Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.