Friday, February 26, 2016

Today: ECU's Foreign Film Festival Grand Finale!

Join us at 4 for "Wild Tales," a cinematic thrill ride set in Argentina. It's FREE!

At 2:30 the Nacho Biznez food truck will be parked on the west side of the University Center. Get your tacos on, then register for door prizes: including Argentine chocolate desserts, books and DVDs featuring Argentine culture (Julio Cortazar, Evita, Viggo Mortensen . . .), a gift basket from Truffles and Swirls, and many of Ada's favorite restaurants and cafes.

Stick around afterwards for the Grand Prix, which will include one free night at the Hampton Inn in Ada, a $25 gift certificate to the Misal of India Bistro in Norman, a $15 gift certificate to the Asahi sushi restaurant in Ada, a $15 gift certificate to the Nacho Biznez food truck, two passes to the Cinemark Ada, a $10 gift certificate to Amber's Sweet Shoppe, a free sandwich basket at Pigskins BBQ, a $5 gift certificate to Hot Shots, a $5 gift certificate to Mojo's, and a box of delicious Russian chocolates.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This Friday: Germany's Turn at ECU's Foreign Film Festival

ECU’s Foreign Film Festival continues its sixth season on Friday, February 12th with the “beautiful and mysteriously powerful” (Wall Street Journal) German-language film Phoenix, which will be screened at 4:00 p.m. in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

Named one of the top five foreign language films of 2015 by the National Board of Review, Phoenix is a spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception that unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face that her former husband Johnny doesn’t recognize.

Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.           

Before the show, come to the University Center at 3 p.m. for a "Three O'Clock Cabaret" experience featuring German sweets and song. The "Afternoon Cabaret" will feature musical performances by some of ECU's most talented faculty and students including Dr. Melody Baggech,  Bo Chesser, Courtney Phillips, Emelia Robinson, Ashley Tucker, and Leah Whiten, with Sunnie Smith and Elyse Marquardt accompanying them on the piano.  The sweets will include home-made German dark chocolate fudge brownies with black cherry preserves, German chocolate cake cookies, apple strudel, and Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake), and Krapfen (German pastries), all prepared by ECU Honors students.

ECU's Foreign Film Festival features free foreign-language films on Fridays in February at four p.m. Each film in the festival is introduced by an ECU student or faculty member. After each screening lucky audience members are given books, DVDs, gift certificates and other door prizes that will either be associated with the featured culture or  will be donated by a local business. Door prizes after the Phoenix screening include a glass stein, Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, a DVD of the film Cabaret and a CD of the Broadway revival recording of Cabaret.

Local businesses supporting this year's Festival include the Hampton Inn (offering one free night), Cinemark Ada, Hot Shots, Asahi, Truffles and Swirls, Nacho Bizness, Pigskin's BBQ, Amber's Sweet Shoppe, and Mojo’s Coffee Bar. 

ECU's Foreign Film Festival is an expansion of the French Film Festival which has been held on the ECU campus since 2011. In recent years, hundreds from ECU and the surrounding communities have attended screenings of foreign-language films that are not screened in local cinemas.  The Festival is now hosted by ECU SCREENS, with support from ECU’s Cultural Activities Committee, the ECU Foundation, and the Student Government Association, in collaboration with Sigma Tau Delta (the International English Honors Society), the Honors Student Association. 

For more information about ECU’s Foreign Film Festival, contact Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, at (580) 559-5929 or