OCU Film Series Continues ‘The Hunt’

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s series will continue its 33rd year at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 with Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt” in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business. The school is located at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

Admission to all eight films in the series is free. The series is supported in part by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund and endowments through OCU and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

For “The Hunt,” Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over after a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way,

his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely struggle for his life and dignity.

“The Hunt” was one of the two most requested films on last year’s film series evaluation forms. The LA Times called it “a tragic reminder that no matter how well a life has been conducted, the mere whiff of scandalous behavior is condemnation enough.”

The theme of this year’s season is based on a book by the Dali Lama titled “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World.” Harbour Winn, director of the series, said the theme is intended to help participants consider the benefits of religion in offering moral guidance and meaning for life.

“The Dali Lama thinks that in ‘today’s secular world religion alone is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics’ because many people no longer follow the belief system of any religion,” Winn said. “In addition, in today’s globalized world of multicultural traditions, ethics based on only one religion would appeal only to some of us. Firmly believing that moral values cannot be imposed from outside, he searches for a way of thinking about ethics and spirituality beyond religion.”

A discussion session follows each film screening for those who wish to participate. Other dates and films in the series are:

* Oct. 26, Joon-ho Bong’s “Memories of Murder”

* Nov. 9, Christian Petzold’s “Barbara”

* Jan. 25, Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin”

* Feb. 8, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past”

* Feb. 22, Francois Truffaut’s “The Story of Adele H.”

* March 8, Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo” For more information about the series, call (405) 208-5472 or visit okcu.edu/film-lit.

 

Contact: Rod Jones

Assistant Director of Media Relations

Communications and Marketing Department

(405) 208-5347 or rod.jones@okcu.edu