Spanish/Latin American film fest starts Sept. 9

Western Carolina University’s department of modern foreign languages will present its second annual Spanish/Latin American Film Festival, which will run from Tuesday, Sept. 9, to Tuesday, Oct. 21.

All films, accompanied by English subtitles, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater, and a brief discussion will follow each movie. The festival is open to the public and free of charge.

• Tuesday, Sept. 9 – “Nueba Yol,” a comedic adventure film originating in the Dominican Republic that dramatically chronicles one immigrant’s struggle in New York City.

• Tuesday, Sept. 16 – “Hombre mirando al sudeste,” a drama filmed in Argentina that depicts the story of a patient in a mental hospital who claims to be an extraterrestrial.

• Tuesday, Sept. 23 – “La ley de Herodes,” a film mixing comedy, mystery and crime that tells the story of a janitor turned mayor who realizes the extent of his power and corruption in a little town in the Mexican desert in 1949.

• Tuesday, Sept. 30 – “Mar adentro,” a dramatic biography filmed in Spain about the life of Ramon Sampedro, who struggled in a 30-year movement in favor of euthanasia.

• Tuesday, Oct. 7 – “Como agua para chocolate,” a film from Mexico that shares a dramatic love story about two people who fall in love but cannot marry due to family traditions and obligations.

• Tuesday, Oct. 21 – “Hable con ella,” a drama filmed in Spain about two men who form an unlikely friendship through their girlfriends, who are both in deep comas.

For more information about the film festival, contact Jamie Davis, WCU assistant professor of Spanish and French, at (828) 227-3872. For more information about WCU’s modern foreign language department, call (828) 227-7241.