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Wednesday, September 3, 2003

SU Fall International Film Series Lineup Announced

SALISBURY, MD---When viewers see movies in this year’s fall International Film Series at Salisbury University, Dr. James Welsh, co-founder of the journal Literature/Film Quarterly, hopes they will get a feel for life in Europe during the fall of communism in the 1980s.

“When they see Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, I hope they’ll come away with some kind of understanding of the horrible conditions people had to live through in Yugoslavia, for example,” he said.

Likewise, Ulysses’ Gaze is a remembrance of the end of a tumultuous era in European history.

“It has to do with the return of a filmmaker to his homeland after the collapse of communism,” Welsh said.

The series is part of SU’s focus on Eastern European culture this fall. The following films are shown in Room 243 of the Henson Science Building.

* Monday, September 8, 8 p.m.: The Harms Case (Yugoslavia 1988) – Slobodan Pesic’s postmodern biopic based on the life and writing of the visionary Russian avant garde poet Danil Harms, the 90-minute film features Serbo-Croatian dialogue with English subtitles.

* Monday, October 20, 7 p.m.: Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (Yugoslavia 1996) – Srdjan Dragojevic’s film is based on an actual event involving two childhood friends, one Serbian, the other Muslim. As adults, the friends are on opposing sides in a civil war. The 125-minute film features Serbo-Croatian dialogue with English subtitles.

* Monday, November 17, 7 p.m.: The Bus (1974) – Tunc Okans’ simple comedy revolves around Turkish workers encountering Western sophistication in Stockholm.

* Monday, November 24, 7 p.m.: Ulysses’ Gaze (1995) – Harvey Keitel plays a Greek-American film director who travels across the war-torn post-communist Balkans, searching for two reels of undeveloped film shot by two pioneers of Greek cinema, the Manakis brothers. Directed by Theo Angelopoules, the film was the Grand Jury Prize at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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