Story by Josh Avendano/Viking
Every Friday night in May, the LBCC Foreign Language department is showcasing a movie for the Foreign Language Film Festival at the LAC and one showing at PCC’s Dyer Hall.
On Thursday May 4, the critically acclaimed French film “Intouchables” was screened to students and employees that came to the night’s event.
The 2011 French Film, “The Intouchables,” stars Francois Cluzet as Philippe and Omar Sy as Driss. After becoming quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, Philippe hires Driss, an ex-con from the projects to be his caregiver.
Teresa Miller, 20, a psychology major, said, “I came tonight to get extra credit and because I think French is an interesting language to learn about.”
The night’s event was hosted by department chair of the foreign language department, professor Cynthia Quintero and French professor Marie-Laure Hinton.
The film festival has been a success for the foreign language department as it has drawn interest in the movies and the foreign language classes. Quintero commented on the success of the film festival, “We had a film committee decide what films we thought would be the best to screen. We wanted the films to be interesting enough for students to take notice. We had a great turnout for a Thursday night at PCC.”
Hinton spoke on the film festival; “We wanted to show the film ‘Intouchables’ to bring awareness of cultures that are different from ours. We had around 85 RSVPs for the night and around 50 or so showed up, we are hoping that this festival brings more interest in the foreign language classes at LBCC.”
Over 50 students and faculty attended the night’s event and did not leave disappointed. The film brought different emotions of joy and sadness from the audience members.
Justin Set, 23, a Philosophy major, said, “I came to this event for fun. I had Professor Hinton before and came to support the French department. I’ve seen the film before in my French class and I enjoyed the rewatch.”
The Foreign Language Film Festival will have two more screenings, including the Italian film “Terraferma” and the Japanese film “The Wind Rises” on May 12 and May 19, both at 6:00 p.m. in room D-135 at the LAC.