BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University's Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and APP Unidos are hosting the Pedro Almodóvar Film Festival on four Thursdays throughout the Spring 2024 semester. All screenings will be held at 5:30 p.m. in L.S. Dougherty Hall, Room 209.
Pedro Almodóvar is a Spanish filmmaker known for colourful melodramatic films, often featuring sexual themes. His films will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles. APP Unidos will provide snacks, sodas, and other sweets. The screenings are free and open to the public. For a disability accommodation, visit odr.appstate.edu.
Below are the details for the four films:
Thursday, February 8, 2024:
Volver (2006, 121 minutes)
From IMDb: After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.
Thursday, February 29, 2024:
Madres paralelas ("Parallel Mothers," 2021, 120 minutes)
From IMDb: The story of two mothers who bond in an unexpected way after giving birth the same day.
Thursday, March 21, 2024:
La mala educación ("Bad Education," 2004, 106 minutes)
From IMDb: An examination of the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
Thursday, April 11, 2024:
Dolor y gloria ("Pain and Glory," 2019, 113 minutes)
From IMDb: A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as the past and present come crashing down around him.
The Pedro Almodóvar Film Festival is organized by Anneliese Thomae Elias, second language Spanish instructor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. About the inspiration for the festival, Thomae Elias shared, "The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has been interested since last Fall, with the Guatemalan Film Festival presented in 2023, in featuring films and documentaries from different Spanish-speaking countries for students, the campus, and off-campus communities to showcase the cinematic artistic production from other countries. We want students to be engaged with the Spanish language inside and outside of the classrooms, and we will continue offering each semester these opportunities for our community. We can learn so much from another culture from what we see represented in their film production. For the Pedro Almodóvar festival, viewers will be able to experience subtle aspects of the Spanish culture portrayed on the big screen."
Questions about the event can be directed to Thomae Elias via email at email@example.com.
About the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers courses that enhance students’ understanding of other cultures and languages as well as their own, making them prepared for lifelong learning in a multicultural world. Learn more at https://dllc.appstate.edu.
About APP Unidos
APP Unidos (formerly known as the Appalachian@s Hispanic/Latino Faculty and Staff Association) is dedicated to issues of importance to the Hispanic/Latino community at Appalachian State University, as well as in local and state communities, and provides a networking opportunity for colleagues at App State. APP Unidos’ mission includes promoting a sense of community and supporting professional welfare and development among Hispanic/Latino faculty, staff and students. The university officially recognized APP Unidos as an employee organization in fall 2017. Learn more at https://appunidos.appstate.edu.