Returning for its 8th incarnation, the festival gathers films from all over the world to raise money for Crossroads International Programs, which according to their promotional material “has promoted friendship and cultural sharing since 1969.” Among other programs, they support a 3-day home stay for visiting international students, a conversational English class for women and others.
The festival consists of six films chosen by Crossroads. Each Sunday three of the films will screen:
As it is in Heaven is the 2004 Swedish nominee for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, about a successful conductor, played by Dragon Tattoo veteran and MI4 bad guy du jour Michael Nyqvist, returning to his hometown.
English Vinglish is a 2012 family comedy about an Indian housewife learning English secretly while on a trip to New York to visit her sister.
Hitler’s Children is a documentary by Israeli filmmaker Chanoch Zeevi from 2011 which interviews descendants of Hitler’s most notorious confederates, including Himmler and Goering. OSU professor Paul Kopperman will lead discussions after both screenings.
The Dish is a really fun Australian comedy from 2000 with Sam Neill and the great Patrick Warburton (Puddy from Seinfeld) about a NASA co-venture with the Australians in the 1960s.
Teddy Bear is a 2012 Danish drama about a bodybuilder seeking love in Thailand.
Chico & Rita is a 2010 animated love story set against the Cuban music scene in the 1940s.
Tickets for the festival are available at the Darkside, $6/film, or a Festival Passport for $30.
by Ygal Kaufman