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Festival of Spanish Language Cinema returns to Morris

The Festival of Spanish Language Cinema, Festival de Cine de Lengua Espanola, returns to Morris on Saturday, October 6. Members of the campus and surrounding community are invited to attend the festival, which will bring four celebrated Spanish-language films to west central Minnesota for the fifth consecutive year. All films have been subtitled in English and will be shown at the Morris Theatre on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m. Festival screenings are free of charge.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring the film festival back to the community," says Stacey Parker Aronson, associate professor of Spanish and festival coordinator. "The outpouring of support from the University and the community for this festival is wonderful. It is a great opportunity for Spanish-speaking and nonSpanish-speaking cinema lovers."

The first film of the series, The Skin I Live In/La Piel Que Habito, will be showing Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, the film tells the tale of a brilliant and haunted plastic surgeon who creates a synthetic skin able to withstand all kinds of damage. He later tests his invention on a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. Rated R.

Interested audiences can look forward to these upcoming titles throughout the month of October: Post Mortem (Unrated) on October 13 and 14, Sidewalls/Medianeras (Unrated) on October 20 and 21, and Julia's Eyes/Los Ojos de Julia (Unrated) on October 27 and 28.

The 2012 Festival of Spanish Language Cinema is co-sponsored by the Morris Theatre Cooperative as well as the University of Minnesota, Morris Spanish Discipline, International Programs Committee, and student organizations Vamos Juntos and Voces Unidas.