The Film Institute will host a series of international film screenings this semester.
Blow-Up is the first film showing this semester. The Italian film is directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. The film follows “Thomas,” a wealthy fashion photographer in “Swinging London” in the 1960s. After developing pictures he shot in a park, he believes he has photographed a murderer.
The screening is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business. It is free to the public.
There is a handout given to the audience before the film is shown with background information and important points to know.
“After the screening of the film, the audience is invited to stay and discuss as a group,” said Harbour Winn, director for the center of interpersonal studies through film and literature. “The discussion is very rich since there are often viewers from the culture of the film who have very interesting cultural observations and explanations.”
One student said he enjoys the conversations that accompany the films.
“The program is valuable in that it deals with film that has some explicit purpose,” said Colin Earle, environmental studies senior. “It is a great medium for finding purposeful connection with generally abstract and subjective content. And also, the people in attendance are more often than not willing to engage in deep thought about the ideas presented in the film.”
The Film Institute is in its 34th year of operation.
Other showings for the semester include The Lunchbox on Feb. 7, About Elly on Feb. 21 and Leviathan on March 6.
The audience has a say in the selections for the next year’s films based on a suggested list and submitted requests. No two films selected are from the same country.
For more information visit www.okcu.edu/film-lit.