Film series presents ‘A Separation’

BY ROD JONES, Oklahoma City University Modified: January 16, 2013 at 11:05 am •  Published: January 16, 2013
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The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s series will continue at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 with Asghar Farhadi's “A Separation” in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business. The school is located at NW 27 and McKinley Avenue.

Admission to all films in the series is free. The series is supported in part by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund and endowments through OCU and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

The Foreign Language Oscar winner of last year as well as one of the most acclaimed films of recent years, “A Separation”is from Iran, the country that was most requested on last year’s film series evaluations.

The plot involves a married couple that confronts a difficult decision—to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

NPR called it “a constant surprise, a film that captures the drama and suspense of real life as urgently as any picture released this year.”

The theme of this year’s film series is “Escape From Freedom,” borrowed from the title of a book by social theorist Erich Fromm. The book describes Fromm’s theories of humanity’s views on freedom and what the world is like without it. The book will be available for purchase at all film screenings in the series.

For more information about the series, call 208-5472 or visit www.okcu.edu/film-lit/.

Other films and dates in the Oklahoma City University Film Institute series are:

* So Yong Kim’s “Treeless Mountain,” Feb. 10

* Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid with a Bike,” Feb. 24

* Bruce Beresford’s “Breaker Morant,” March 10