For Immediate Release — January 20, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516


GENESEO, N.Y. — The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced the spring schedule for its popular film series, The Alan Lutkus International Film Series.

The spring portion of the series includes eight films made in various countries and which explore a diverse range of issues and themes. All films are free and open to the public. All films are screened at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Bailey Auditorium, Bailey 135.

The film series was started in January 2003 in response to the college’s need for a venue solely dedicated to the screening of alternative films.

"It continues to be a success," said Rose McEwen, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, and coordinator of the Latin American Studies Program. "This semester’s program is the most diverse in the three years of the series in terms of countries being represented by the films screened."

Last fall, the series was renamed to pay tribute to Lutkus, an associate professor of English who died in August 2004 after a long illness. In 2002, the college introduced a new film studies minor, 20 years after Lutkus suggested the idea. 

The film series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Latin American Studies Program, the IFS Committee, and the following academic departments: anthropology, art, biology, communicative disorders and sciences, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, and mathematics.

Here is a list of the films with descriptions, show times and venue.

Black Robe (Canada, Australia, 1991; 101 min.)

7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

The French colonization of Canada began in 1634 through Catholic missions. "Black Robe" tells the story of an extraordinary priest who braved the North American wilderness and extreme cultural difference to carry his message from Europe. An important indictment of the Church’s refusal to embrace other cultures, and the tragic corruption of Native American societies by the West. From the director of "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Breaker Morant." In English and Latin, with English subtitles. Discussant: Tony Macula of the mathematics department.

Skammen (Shame) (Sweden, 1968; 103 min.)

7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

Focusing on an ordinary rural couple caught in the crossfire, master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman offers a focused and personal portrait of the horrors of war. Showing how the chaos of battle can make even the most civilized individuals act in unethical and shameful ways, this award-winning motion picture remains one of its director’s least known, yet most relevant, films. In Swedish, with English subtitles. Discussant: Daniel Humphrey of the English department.

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (Japan, 2002; 132 min.)

7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

Forget digital graphics and let Hayao Miyazaki, the master of hand-drawn animation, spirit you away to a place inhabited by the spirits of the traditional Japanese earth religions. Trapped in this magical place with some of animations’ most memorable characters, a young girl must save herself and rescue her parents. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Discussant: Robert Owens of the communicative disorders and sciences department.

María, llena eres de gracia (María, Full of Grace) (United States, Colombia, 2004; 101 min.)

7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

Experience some of the pain of a 17-year-old Colombian girl who becomes a heroin courier to break out of her hopelessly monotonous life working on a flower plantation. Swallowing small balloons of the drug, which places her life in danger, Maria hopes her round-trip flights out of Colombia will lead to a better life for herself. A tense, realistic depiction of the drug trade and its unfortunate victims. Winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In Spanish, with English subtitles. Discussant: Rose McEwen of the foreign languages and literatures department.

Ying xioug (Hero) (Hong Kong, China, 2002; 96 min.)

7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2005, Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

In third century BC, a warrior called Nameless (Jet Li) arrives at the temple of Chin Shi Huang Di (the first emperor of China) to describe how he has killed three of the monarch’s greatest enemies. Each murder — and the emperor’s interpretation — constitutes a separate episode, drenched in a different color, combining visually stunning, highly awarded cinematography from Zhang Yimou, who led China’s Fifth Generation filmmaking movement, and superb performances from the cream of the Hong Kong cinema. In Mandarin, with English subtitles. Discussant: Tze-ki Hon of the history department.

The Agronomist (United States, Haiti, 2003; 90 min.)

7 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2005, Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

The true story of Haitian radio journalist, human rights activist and agronomist, Jean Dominique, whose vision of a democratic Haiti and his passion for freedom of speech cost him his life. "The Agronomist" is a celebration of a genuine people’s hero. Directed by the acclaimed Jonathan Demme, the film includes historical footage of Haiti’s tumultuous past and interviews with Dominique and Michele Montas, his wife. Discussants: Rose-Marie Chierici of the anthropology department and Maria Lima of the English department.

Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (Code Unkown) (France, Germany, Romania, 2000; 117 min.)

7 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2005, Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

An Arab immigrant confronts a thoughtless young man who has just shown disrespect for a Parisian street beggar. Quickly, this simple act of decency reverberates throughout Paris in both positive and negative ways, showing the complex forms of interconnectedness in modern European society. Starring Juliette Binoche. In French, Arabic, Malinka, Romanian, German, English and Sign Language, with English subtitles. Discussant: Mark Denaci of the art department.

The Revolution will not be Televised (Ireland, Netherlands, United States, Germany, Finland, England, 2003; 73 min.)

7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2005, Bailey Auditorium (Bailey 135)

A gripping, politically important film documenting the Venezuelan military coup of April 2002. Implicitly backed by the U.S. and Venezuela’s ruling class, coup organizers used blatant misinformation and privately owned television networks to wage a campaign to overthrow the populist, democratically elected regime of President Hugo Chavez. During a tense 48-hour period documented by this film, Venezuela’s power changed hands twice. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Discussant: David Tamarin of the history department.

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