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FSU to Host Third Annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival

Frostburg State University will host the Third Annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival featuring films from Brazil, Japan, Austria, Sri Lanka and Turkey, in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life, University Programming Council and World Artists Experience.

The movies will run for five weeks, and the schedule will be as follows. “House of Sand” will be presented on Feb. 14, “Hula Girls” will be shown Feb. 21, “The Inheritors” will be presented on Feb. 28, “The Tender Trap” will be shown on March 6 and “Ice Scream I Scream” will be presented on March 13. All films will feature English subtitles, and screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in Lane Center 111.

“House of Sand” was originally titled “Casa de Areia.” This Brazilian film tells the story of how a pregnant woman and her mother are forced by the woman’s husband to a far-off desert on the coast of Brazil. When the husband dies suddenly, the women have to learn to live among the runaway slaves of that area. “House of Sand” was nominated for 12 Cinema Brazil Grand Prizes.

“Hula Girls,” originally titled “Hura Garu,” is the feature from Japan and is based on a true story. A coal-mining community comes together in the face of an economic disaster to build a thriving resort. The film won four of the 11 Japanese Academy Awards it was nominated for.

“The Inheritors,” the Austrian film originally titled “Die Siebtelbauern,” features seven peasant slaves who unexpectedly inherit their harsh master’s farm. Having never worked for themselves, they face many struggles, not only among themselves but at the hands of the entire village as well. This film was internationally acclaimed and was entered into the 1999 Academy Awards.

“The Tender Trap,” originally titled “Sankranthi,” is the film from Sri Lanka. A doctor suspects his wife of having an affair with his young assistant and adapts his field research on primates in an attempt to expose them. His plan ends tragically. This film was entered into the World Cinema Section of the International Film Festival of India in 2006.

“Ice Cream I Scream” is the feature from Turkey and was originally titled “Dondurmam Gaymak.” This comedy features an ice cream salesman on a bicycle who is irate when his means of transportation is stolen. He suspects larger ice cream companies of conspiracy and seeks revenge. This film was submitted to the 2007 Oscars and won awards at the Istanbul International Film Festival, Ankara Movie Awards and Queens, N.Y., World Film Festival.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the FSU Information Desk at 301-687-4411.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589