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International Film Festival to Mark Diversity Month at Santiago Canyon College


Italy, France and Mexico featured in free series

(Orange, CA) - As part of an instructional activity to celebrate Diversity Month, Santiago Canyon College’s (SCC) Languages Department is presenting an International Film Festival on three consecutive Fridays beginning April 15, April 22 and April 29. The department and students are extending an invitation to the public to join them for the showings which will be held on campus at 6 p.m. in Building D, room 101 at Santiago Canyon College, 8045 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange. Parking and admission are free. An introduction and short discussion of each film will be provided by SCC Modern Languages Department faculty. Featured films include:

  • Friday, April 15: Divorzio all’Italiana/Divorce Italian Style, Italy, 1962; Italian with English subtitles, not rated (NR). This is a romantic dramedy directed by Pietro Germi, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Lando Buzzanca, and Leopoldo Trieste. Mastroianni plays an impoverished, married Sicilian baron who falls in love with his attractive cousin and vows to marry her. With divorce illegal in Italy at the time, he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife. He imagines throwing her into a boiling caldron to turn her into soap or sending her into space in a rocket. This film won the Academy Award for best screenplay; it was nominated both for best actor (Mastroianni) and for best director (Germi). The film won the best comedy in the 1962 Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe for best foreign film.
  • Friday, April 22: A la Folie, Ou Pas du Tout/He Loves Me…He Loves Me Not, France, 2002; French with English subtitles, rated PG-13 for obsessive behavior. This film is a psychological drama directed by Laetitia Colombani and starring Audrey Tautou. Tautou is a young art student who falls in love with a married cardiologist, played by Samuel Le Bihan. Is she crazy in love or just plain crazy? The film studies the condition of erotomania when the affected person believes that another person is in love with him or her. It was nominated by the Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004 and by the Valladolid International Film Festival for the Golden Spike for its director.
  • Friday, April 29: Traficante de Sueños/Sleep Dealer, Mexico, 2008; Spanish and English with English subtitles; PG-13 for some violence and sexuality. A science fiction film directed by Alex Rivera and co-written by Rivera and David Riker. Rivera calls his film “science fiction with many anchors in today’s reality.” The film highlights provocative issues such as migrant labor in the global economy and the privatization of water. Its special effects and vivid use of color make an imaginary world seem real. The film stars Luis Fernando Peña, Leonor Varela, and Jacob Vargas. This film won the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008, the Narcisse Award for the Best First Feature by Rivera at the Neuchatel International Fantasy Film Festival in 2008, and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.

For more information about the international film festival, call (714) 628-4938 or (714) 628-4742 or visit

About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves about 14,000 students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.

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