The University Hosts International Film Series

Oct 14, 2014

The University of Scranton’s annual International Film Series, which runs throughout the 2014-15 academic year, will feature award-winning films from across the globe.

Sponsored by a Diversity Initiative Grant through the University’s Office of Equity and Diversity, this year’s films hail from a range of countries, including France, Senegal, India and China. A faculty member or community member with special knowledge of the country or film topic will lead discussions at the conclusion of each film.

Admission is free and open to the public. All films begin at 7 p.m. and will be shown on campus in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center.

The schedule for this year’s International Film Series is as follows:

-    Oct. 21: “La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast),” France

-    Nov. 19: “La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun),” Senegal

-    Feb. 11, 2015: “Mahanagar (The Big City),” India

-    March 25: “Shadow Magic,” China

-    April 21: “Est-Ouest (East-West),” France/Russia

-    May 12: “The Visitor,” United States

The International Film Series began in 2011 as a way to better involve and connect the Media Resources Department of the Weinberg Memorial Library with the University community. Guests to the series have the opportunity to attend international and independent films they may not otherwise have had the chance to see.

For additional information on the International Film Series, contact Sharon Finnerty, Media Resources Coordinator at the University’s Weinberg Memorial Library, at (570) 941-6330 or

Film Brief:

Screening: Oct. 21 – 7 p.m.. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center. Free.

“La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast)” 1946

France. 93 minutes. French with subtitles in English.

Directed by renowned poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, “Beauty and the Beast” is based on the French fairytale in which Belle (played by Josette Day) offers to stay nightly with Beast (Jean Marais) to save her father, who has been sentenced to death for picking a rose from Beast’s garden. Belle grows fond of Beast, who decides to test her love: He allows her to return home to her family, warning her that if she does not return within a week, he will die from grief. 

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