50th Annual International Film Festival Continues

January 19, 2012

CONTACT: Harrison Kash

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Film showings of the 50th Annual International Film Festival will continue this spring semester on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. No admission is charged and the public is invited. 

Catsplay  (Macskajatek)  (Hungary, 1974)
In this insightful drama, director Karoly Makk exhibits his extraordinary skills at drawing emotionally compelling performances from his talented leads.  A widowed teacher living alone finds her quiet life and relationship with an old flame upset by a chance meeting with a woman she knew long ago.  This story of two sisters who cast wistful glances back at their lives but still believe in hope and love, earned an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Film in 1974.

March 13
Samson  (Poland, 1961)
Andrzej Wajda, one of the finest of award winning directors, depicts a man’s search for meaning in the midst of brutality. Set in Warsaw just before and during World War II, this is a profound psychological study of a man who accidentally kills a schoolmate and is imprisoned.  Although he escapes during an air raid, he is unhappy as a free man and is tormented by the constant fear of being discovered.  Only when he has the chance to join the Resistance movement against the Nazis does he find some purpose in living.  This powerful film makes extraordinary use of naturalistic symbols.

March 27
Adelheid  (Czechoslovakia, 1969)
The master visual poet Frantisek Vlacil created this emotional film of doomed love set after the wartime liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945.  A returning airman is assigned to manage a manor once owned by a German family.  There he is attracted to the daughter of a war criminal who is now reduced to servant status in the estate.  But history works against them and he is caught between his love for the girl and his patriotic duty.  Labeled “…haunting…” (Los Angeles Times) and a “…powerful, disturbing tale of love…” (Santa Fe New Mexican).  It won Vlacil the Career Award at the Pilsen Festival.

April 10
Border Street  (Ulica Graniczna)  (Poland, 1948)
Based on the circumstances surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943, this authentic recreation follows a small, heroic band of Jews who chose to die fighting rather than face deportation to Auschwitz or Treblinka .  It reveals the plight of an old tailor and a doctor who try to save his daughter and others.  Aleksander Ford’s film is at once a compelling drama and a page out of history. It was a prize winner at the 1948 Venice Festival and is recognized as one of the best Polish films of the postwar period.   

For information, contact Harrison Kash at 417.673.1261.