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Preview Great Films at the Emeritus Center

January 21, 2009



Mother of Mine movie poster showing woman and child.

On May 11, the Emeritus Center will show Mother of Mine, the story of 9-year-old Eero, one of the more than 70,000 Finnish children evacuated to neutral Sweden during World War II.

Located on the University's uptown campus in the University Administration Building, the Emeritus Center has become a destination for experiencing a rich array of programming. Now in its third year, the center has created opportunities for patrons to attend lectures on topics ranging from Aristotle to Arizona wildlife.

The Emeritus Center's Spring 2009 Film Forum Series offers another unique opportunity: to see motion pictures rarely screened in the Capital Region.

"Our highly successful Film Forum Series has a decidedly international flavor and features foreign films, most of them landmarks in their respective country's cinema, and often in their filmmakers' careers," said Ray Ortali, former chair of the Department of French Studies, and the center's program and communications director.

Upcoming films are Campfire, Be with Me, Das Fraulein, and Mother of Mine.

"Although these films are recent or very recent, none of them has been shown in the Capital Region and, as far as we know, none will be in the near future," Ortali said. Showing them has been made possible through a special arrangement with their distributor, Film Movement.

The films will be shown in Room 433, University Administration Building (1215 Western Avenue). Another highlight of the semester is the Conversation Series, a vital part of the center's cultural activities, which takes place in UAB 134. All events begin at 2 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

Movie poster for Fraulein.

Das Fraulein, a film about the complex relationship among three generations of women from Bosnia-Herzegovina, now living in Zurich, will be shown April 13. 

Coming Highlights:

Feb. 9: Campfire, a film by Joseph Cedar, Israel, 2004.

Feb. 10: A Conversation with John Ryder: Integration of Higher Education Europe and Russia. Ryder is director of the Office of International Programs at the State University of New York System Administration.

March 9: Be with Me, a film by Eric Khoo, Singapore, 2005.

March 10: A Conversation with Robert Carmack: Societies and Cultures, Past and Present A World History.

April 7: A Conversation with Emeritus Center President Bill Reese: Aristotle - On Possibility.

April 13: Das Fraulein, a film by Andrea Staka, Switzerland/Germany 2006.

May 11: Mother of Mine, a film by Klaus Haro, Finland/Sweden, 2005.

May 12: A Conversation with Hans Pohlsander: Monuments to Bismark A Virtual Tour.

June 9: A Conversation with Jerram Brown: Field Studies on the Social System of a Highly Social Bird in Arizona.

UAlbany's Emeritus Center, opened in 2006, was the second of its kind in the State University of New York system, the first having been created many years ago at the University of Buffalo.


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