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Monsters, Monstrosities Explored at Manhattanville College's Film Festival

Manhattanville College is hosting a "Monsters and Monstrosities" film festival this month and April. Photo Credit: Provided
"Pan's Labyrinth" will be screened at the festival on Monday, March 27. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Manhattanville College's 2017 International Film Festival, scheduled for this month and April, will examine "Monsters and Monstrosities" through a series of foreign monster films.

“Through foreign films, we can travel into worlds other than our own," said Nimish Adhia, assistant professor of economics. "This year’s festival theme ‘Monsters and Monstrosities' was selected in order to align with this year’s freshman common read-Mary Shelley’s novel 'Frankenstein'."

"The theme concerns not only monsters in the literal sense, but also in the figurative sense. We will explore in these films the use of monsters as an allegory for themes related poverty, race, class, gender, etc.”

The screenings are free and open to the public and will start at 7 p.m. in the Berman Student Center Theatre. Each film is followed by a group discussion with a Manhattanville faculty member as a guide.

Film Festival Schedule:

Monday, March 27 -- "Pan’s Labyrinth," a 2007 Mexican film in falangist Spain in 1946 in which the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Wednesday, March 29 -- "The Host," a 2006 South Korean film  in which a monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim’s loving family does its best to rescue her from the monster's clutches.

Tuesday, April 4 -- "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," a 2014 U.S.-Iran film that takes place in an Iranian ghost town, Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness. A vampire stalks the town and its people.

Thursday, April 6 -- "The Babadook," a 2014 Australian film about a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband, who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Tuesday, April 11 -- "Let the Right One In," a 2008 Swedish film about Oskar, a bullied 12-year-old, who falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl who needs to drink other people’s blood to live.

Saturday, April 15, and Thursday, April 20 -- Manhattanville students will showcase their work. These films will be shown in Pius X Theatre.

Email for additional information about the films and faculty discussants.

Manhattanville College is at  2900 Purchase St., Purchase.

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