Thursday, September 10, 2009

U.S. film 'The Visitor', 'XXY' from Argentina, and 'Silent Light' about Germans in Mexico this fall at Sarratt Cinema

From Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt University’s film series, International Lens, kicks off its season on Sept. 2 with Amnesty International’s presentation of The Visitor, a drama that explores the implications of U.S. immigration policy.

The series, which is free and open to the public, will screen 29 films from 15 nations in Sarratt Cinema each week from September through December. Every screening includes an introduction and post-screening discussion facilitated by a Vanderbilt faculty member or program director, and most films will be shown in 35mm prints.

A standout in this fall’s lineup is the return to Nashville of Carlos Reygada’s breathtakingly beautiful Silent Light (after a March 2009 Belcourt run -ed.)

“We are proud to continue bringing films to Nashville that might not otherwise be shown because of their special topics or niche appeal, and we’re pleased to provide a forum for discussion around these films,” said JoEl Logiudice, director of the Office of Arts and Creative Engagement at Vanderbilt. “But we’re also excited to expand our series this season through our partnerships with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Belcourt Theatre and by curating special events that address topical issues of interest to our students and to the Nashville community.”

The following films with Latin American ties
will be screened at 7 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema.

Sept. 30 XXY (Argentina, 2008) Lucia Puenzo. Presented by Office of LGBTQI Life; facilitator: Monica Casper, former executive director, Intersex Society of North America; professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Women’s Studies, Arizona State University.

Dec. 3 Silent Light (Mexico, 2007), Carlos Reygadas. Presented by Helena Simonett, assistant professor of Latin American Studies, adjunct assistant professor of Music Literature and History, Blair School of Music.

Parking for International Lens screenings is available at no charge in Zone 2, Lot 2 on West End Avenue. Sarratt Cinema is on the first floor of the Sarratt Student Center at Vanderbilt University. For more information, call 615-322-6400 or go to

The series is made possible through the sponsorship of the Office of the Dean of Students, the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, the Vanderbilt departments and programs represented, and through the generous support of Nashville cinephiles Mimi and Scott Manzler and The Tournées Festival of the French American Cultural Exchange. The Tournées Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit is a program of the Southern Arts Federation. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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