The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - February 4
Italy ~ 1970 ~ 94 minutes
In late 1930s Ferrara, Italy, the adult children of the Finzi-Continis, one of the town’s leading families, keep the rest of the world at bay by gathering a circle of friends for constant rounds of tennis and parties at their villa with its lovely grounds. Their illusions about romantic love cause them almost as much pain as their denial of the consequences of fascism, until the forces of politics close in. Academy Award Winner, Best Foreign Language Film.
Europe and the Holocaust
MCHE 2014 Film Series Features Internationally Acclaimed Foreign Language Films
The Holocaust has been and continues to be a particularly important theme in European cinema, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. Not only was Europe the site of the vast camp system where the annihilation of two thirds of its Jewish population took place, but it was also the home of the perpetrators and collaborators who facilitated that destruction.
To be sure, some European filmmakers are influenced by their Jewish roots. Most, however, have no personal connection to Judaism or the Holocaust and yet have repeatedly returned to explore the topic in their works. All are preoccupied with questions of agency and responsibility, complicity and victimization.
MCHE’s 2014 public film series will showcase five full length, European-produced narrative films, one Tuesday evening each month from February through June. Programs will be held at the Leawood Theatre, 3707 West 95th Street, Overland Park, KS, beginning at 7:00 p.m., preceded by an introduction and followed by a question-and-answer session facilitated by Dr. Fran Sternberg and members of the Holocaust Education Academic Roundtable (HEART), MCHE’s consortium of university educators. Open seating begins at 6:40 p.m. Block seating may be requested for parties of 10 or more making reservations as a group.
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- Individual tickets are $7.50 in advance (plus a $1.00 service fee for Internet sales) and $10 at the door.
- Series packages (5 films for the price of 4) are available in advance for $30 and at the door on February 4 for $40.
- Sponsorships are welcome for individual films or for the series. Please see the insert for information about sponsor levels and benefits.