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Free International Film Fest Presented January 7 to 10 in Samara

By Arianna McKinney         

The Intouchables/Amigos

Delve into other cultures and countries during four evenings of free international movies at Intercultura in Samara starting at 7 p.m. from Monday, January 7th to Thursday, January 10th. 

Diego Lasso, who organizes the film festivals periodically, said his favorite movie in this series is the film that will be shown on Monday night, titled El Mundo Es Grande (The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner), filmed in Bulgaria in 2008.  The movie relates the experience of a young man, who as a child escaped the dictatorship of Bulgaria along with his parents, starting a new life in Germany.  Twenty years later, however, he returns to his hometown but an accident leaves him orphaned and with amnesia.  He goes to live with his grandfather, who teaches him to love the surprises and beautiful things in life.    
Tuesday’s movie is Amigos (The Intouchables), a 2011 French film touted as “a comedy with heart,” that shows the relationship that develops between a quadriplegic millionaire and a young man from Senegal fresh out of prison that he hires to take care of him after his wife dies. 

Thursday’s movie is En un Mundo Mejor (In a Better World), a 2010 film from Denmark, which won the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Film.  One of the film’s characters is Anton, a doctor whose life is split between a small town in Denmark and fieldwork in a refugee camp in Africa and who is separated from his wife and on the verge of divorce.  But the main focus is on the relationship that develops between one of the doctor’s children, the constant target of bullies, after he is defended by a new schoolmate who has recently lost his mother to cancer.  
Lasso said both of these movies have storylines that transmit solidarity and explore the labyrinth of human relationships with characters that struggle to find life’s charm despite their circumstances. 
The one older movie in the festival will be shown on Wednesday night.  The Art Documentary Frida Kahlo was made in Mexico in 1983, displaying the life of one of Mexico’s most celebrated painters but not in chronological order. Lasso commented that the movie doesn’t have the sensationalism of the Hollywood film by the same name and more deeply portrays who she was as a human being and a woman. 
The movie marathon is accompanied by a used books fair during the day, also at Intercultura, where you can buy, sell or trade Latin American and international literature in Spanish or English.  For more information, contact 8329-0608 or 2656-0127.


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