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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents a Series of Ecuadorian Films

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 10, 2008) – The University Galleries in the School of the Arts in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents an Ecuadorian Film Series from Wednesday, October 22 through Wednesday, November 5. The screenings will take place in FAU’s Performing Arts Building, room 101, Boca Raton campus, and are free and open to the public.

            The first film, which will be shown on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m., is Ratas, ratones, rateros, a film made in 1999 by Sebastian Cordero.   This is Cordero’s first feature film, and it follows in the Ecuadorian and Latin American tradition of social realism.   The film invokes similar themes and images seen in other recent Latin American films such as Rodrigo D. No futuro and Ciudade de Deus.

            On Wednesday, October 29 at 7 p.m., FAU will present Que tan lejos, a film by Tania Hermida (2006). This first feature film by Hermida, who worked on the award-winning films Cronicas and Maria Full of Grace, is a road movie shot in the majestic Ecuadorian Andes.

            Finally, on November 5 at 7 p.m., the two short films Primer dia, by Galo Recalde (2001) and El poeta suicida, by Darwin Robels (1998) will be shown. The Miami-based Ecuadorian filmmakers will be present for a post-screening discussion.

The film series takes place during the stay of the exhibition Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín at FAU.   This traveling exhibition surveys the work of one of the most highly regarded Latin American artists of the twentieth century, Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919-1999).   The exhibition will be at FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery through Saturday, December 6.   Though the artist’s work has exhibited extensively in Latin America and Europe, this is the first exhibition of any of his work in the United States in more than half a century. FAU is one of six sites selected for this unprecedented national tour.

FAU’s galleries are open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Guided class and group tours are welcome during public hours or at alternative hours by appointment. For more information, call 561-297-2966 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.

-FAU-

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