(Orange)— As part of its celebration of Diversity Month, Santiago Canyon College (SCC) invites the community to attend its International Film Festival. The free showings will be held on three consecutive Fridays--April 12, April 19, and April 26. The films will be shown from 6 p.m. to 10 pm. in Building D, Room 101 at Santiago Canyon College, 8045 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange.
SCC modern languages department faculty will introduce the following films and free refreshments will be served.
- Friday, April 12: Les Intouchables—Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s 2011 dramedy stars the legendary François Cluzet, Omar Sy, and Anne Le Ny. After a wealthy gentleman becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, he hires an unemployed young man to be his caretaker. It is a true story of the upper class and the disenfranchised of French society colliding and finally coming to terms with each other and the human condition. Based on the biography, You Changed My Life, the film touches on universal themes in a humorous and uncanny manner. The film was a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013 and was nominated for eight French Academy Awards. This film is in French with English subtitles and is rated R for drug use scenes and profanity.
- Friday, April 19: La Vita E bella/Life Is Beautiful—This 1997 tradicomedy, directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, who plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian bookstore owner who is both funny and charismatic. He finds love, marries a school teacher, and becomes a father. But as World War II progresses, his life change drastically for the worse. He uses his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. This film is in Italian with English subtitles and is rated PG-13. It won the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film in 1999 and has amassed 55 awards and 31 nominations.
- Friday, April 26: El Laberinto del Fauno/Pan’s Labyrinth—This 2006 drama-fantasy by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro is about a bookish young girl who traverses two worlds—the real one where her sadistic military stepfather serves the fascist Spanish regime of 1944 and the eerie, but captivating one she envisions with her vivid imagination. The film won numerous international awards, including three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards including Best Film Not in the English Language, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, and the Saturn Awards for Best International Film. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles and is rated R.
For more information about the film festival, call (714) 628-4742 or (714) 628-4938. Free parking is available in student lots 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Santiago Canyon College is a public community college of Rancho Santiago Community College District, serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin and Villa Park. The college provides education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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