35th Annual Film Series Opens with ‘Ikiru’ Sep. 18

The OCU Film Institute’s 35th Annual Film Series will begin with a screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru on September 18th.

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A well-acted and deeply moving humanist tale about a man facing his own mortality, Ikiru reigns as legendary director Kurosawa’s most intimate film and his personal favorite. How can we find meaning in our own mortality “to live,” the title’s translation? Only great artists, like the Russian novelist Tolstoy, can create works of art about death with the energy, impetus, and humor that Kurosawa achieves. The 8th Kurosawa film shown in the Film Institute’s history and the perfect film to launch this year’s series theme.

The screening will begin at 2:00PM at the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

ACCOLADES FOR IKIRU

-“A masterwork of burning social conscience and hard-eyed psychological realism.” Time

-“If you have never seen it, you should. If you have seen it before, your admiration will only increase.” Chicago Tribune

-“I think this is one of the few movies that might actually be able to inspire someone to lead their life a little differently.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

-“There has never been a smarter, more compassionate film about imminent death.” Boston Globe

-“Kurosawa’s most notable achievement in a long line of masterpieces.” Saturday Review

-“Take a look at this film. At the very least, it’ll prompt you to assess your balance of work and life, and you may find yourself putting in for a little vacation time.” Wash. Post

UPCOMING FILMS

* Oct. 2, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix

* Oct. 16, Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home

* Oct. 30, Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb

* Jan. 22, Francois Truffaut’s The Last Metro

* Feb. 5, Lasse Hallstrom’s My Life as a Dog

* Feb. 19, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday

* March 5, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent