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International Film Series to Conclude Semester with Argentinean Movie

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Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Jake Erhardt International Film Series will show the Argentinean film El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of Westminster College's McKelvey Campus Center.

The event is free and open to the public. A short introduction will be given prior to the showing and a discussion will follow.

The 2009 film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and more than a dozen awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Music.

The story is set in 1999 and told in flashback form as retired Argentinean federal agent Benjamin Espósito is writing a novel based on a closed cold case involving rape and murder. Espósito and his assistant are certain the real killer is still at large. While he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, revisiting the case becomes an issue of closure for Espósito.

This is the final film in the series for this semester.

The International Film Series is named in honor of its founder, Dr. Jacob Erhardt, professor of German emeritus at Westminster College. Erhardt, who taught at Westminster from 1968 until his retirement in 2004, served as chair of his department from 1970-1986, was named the Language Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Modern Languages Association, translated into English Robert Reitzel's Adventures of a Greenhorn, and was recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities as an outstanding member.

Contact Dr. Deborah Mitchell, Westminster professor of English and film studies and coordinator of the film series, at (724) 946-7030 or e-mail for more information.