A couple of weeks after the return from Spring Break, the Communications department is hosting the annual Women’s Film Festival. Last year the festival showcased three great films in the Reed Union Building including Broken Embraces starring Penelope Cruz. This year, the finalized line-up is: The Storm (Germany, 2009), The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina, 2009), and I Loved You So Long (France, 2008).
In the wake of a flood and a series of what seemed like endless storms that effected Zeeland in 1953, The Storm tells a fictionalized tale of a teen mother who is separated from her child. A young air force lieutenant saves the young mother from drowning and the two of them embark on a journey to find her son in the wreckage that has become of the Netherlands. Starring Sylvia Hoeks and Barry Atsma, Universal Pictures presents The Storm, a harrowing tale of a quest for hope in the midst of what seems hopeless.
Winning the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, The Secret in Their Eyes tells the story of unrequited love, a crime to shock all who hear of it and a novelist searching for closure. Starring Ricardo Diran and Soledad Villamil, the film follows the search for a killer who’s gone under the radar and a developing love for a woman who is a key player in the case. A blunt thriller, drama and love story just the same. The Secret in Their Eyes looks to be a second great choice by the festival.
I Loved You So Long was the winner of several awards and viewer choice nominations at both the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals. Two sisters are reunited after one of them has served 15 years in prison and the other welcomes her sister into her family home. A drama, a self-discovery and a triumph in film, I Loved You So Long truly shows what’s at the heart of a sister’s bond. In the wake of a crime that’s been sealed in the mind of one sister, the other tries to break her open and they slowly realize how much love they really have for one another. This third pick is sure to please as well.
“All of the films will be shown in Reed 117 at 7 pm on the dates provided,” says Undergraduate Rachael Thomas in association with the Communications Department. “Each film will be free and open to everyone. We hope you take advantage of the opportunity to view these great international films.” At least one, if not all, of these films will be reviewed in the coming issues, and this festival is truly a great opportunity to take advantage of one of the many events Penn State Behrend offers.