The Consul General of Argentina will open up the Berry College Argentine Film Festival beginning Wednesday (Sept. 12) and running through Sept. 26. Admission is free and open to the public.
Consul General Marcelo Gerschenfeld will speak at the opening film "Un cuento chino" Wednesday in Evans Auditorium. "Un cuento chino" or "Chinese Take-Away," is the story of lonely hardware store owner Roberto, who meets Jun, a Chinese man who is thrown out of a taxi. Roberto reluctantly lodges Jun in his house and learns the dramatic story of his life.
Members of Berry College Latin American and Caribbean Studies organized this series as part of the program's general mission to offer culturally enriching activities on campus. Argentina is a prime study abroad site for many Berry language students. The Argentine Consulate General in Atlanta has worked hard to make these events possible and saw Berry as a dynamic place to host the series, said Associate Professor of Foreign Languages David Slade. All films will begin at 7 p.m.
The second film will be shown Friday (Sept. 14,) in Evans Auditorium. "Un novio para mi mujer" or "A Boyfriend for My Wife," is about a man going to extreme lengths to be free from his unhappy marriage. It is a social commentary on marriage and the absurdity of romantic relationships.
"La cámara oscura" or "The Camera Obscura", is the third film in the festival and will be shown on Sept. 19 in the Science Auditorium. It is about an immigrant woman who sees herself as an "ugly duckling." She turns everyday tasks into aesthetic pursuits and, in the end, finally sees herself for the first time.
The Deputy Consul of Argentina in Atlanta Ana Saíno will present the final film, "Música en espera" or "Music on Hold," on Sept. 26 in the Science Auditorium. This final film is about two strangers facing writers block and abandonment who may be able to solve each other's problems if they can convince everyone they are a couple.
Prepared by Public Relations Assistant Katherine McDonald.