Machuca’ to Show April 7 in Foreign Film Festival

“Machuca,” a Chilean drama about three young friends, will be the next foreign-language film presented during the OBU Spring 2011 Foreign Film Festival. The film won the 2004 Award for Most Popular Foreign Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

The community is invited to attend the showing, which will be Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The films are shown in the Mabee Learning Center’s A/V Auditorium on the lower level of the library.

In the movie, Pedro Machuca is a poor boy brought into an upper-class private school during a brief socialist era in Chile. An affluent boy, Gonzalo, befriends Pedro despite the bullying of his classmates. The friendship expands to include Pedro’s neighbor, Silvana. The new friendship opens the children's eyes to a world they had not known and socioeconomic gaps they cannot bridge, all while Chile spirals toward civil war.

The next foreign film presented will be “Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra” (French) on April 19.

The film festival is presented by OBU’s Department of Modern Languages, German Club, French Club and Alpha Mu Gamma. For more information about OBU’s Division of Language and Literature, click here.