Organized and hosted by the School of Language, Culture, and Society in the College of Liberal Arts

The screenings take place at our festival partner Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis. Call (541) 752-4161 for information about the Darkside.

All films are free and open to the public. You need to obtain a ticket at the Darkside Cinema BEFORE entering the auditorium. Seats are limited - come early for guaranteed seating.

2015 Film Line-Up:  October 12th-18th

Monday, October 12th

6:00 PM  Akte Grüninger (Grüninger's Fall) 2013   Synopsis: The television film focuses on the events in late summer 1938, when Paul Grüninger saved the lives of up to 3,600 Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria by pre-dating their visas, enabling them to migrate 'illegally' to Switzerland.  In Swiss German and German with English subtitles.

8:00 PM  Huo zai anjian li de ren (Black Coal, Thin Ice) 2014   Synopsis: The grisly discovery of several corpses is made in a small town in northern China. All the victims were connected to Wu Zhizhen, a young woman who works at a dry cleaners. Investigating officer Zhang begins to observe her and finds himself falling in love. One cold winter’s day he makes a horrific discovery.  In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Tuesday, October 13th

6:00 PM  Männer zeigen Filme & Frauen ihre Brüste (Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts) 2013   Synopsis: Isabell, ambitious director, arrives at the Cannes film festival only to discover that there is not a single movie in the competition directed by a woman! Chauvinistic remarks and clichéd gender stereotypes seemingly prevale in Cannes. Isabell must first find out who really believes in her. In German and French with English subtitles.
8:00 PM  Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken (The Streetfighter) 1974   Synopsis: While most martial arts films focus mainly on showing the moves, strikes and blows of the combatants, they don't show the logical consequences of these battles in any detail. The Streetfighter does! This cult film and its sequels are thought to be favorites of American director Quentin Tarantino. A mercenary hired to kidnap a wealthy heiress changes sides when the mob refuses to pay his fee.  In Japanese with English subtitles.

Wednesday, October 14th

6:00 PM  Hilda (2014)   Synopsis: Susana Le Marchand, 63, a lonely housewife, hires a new maid, Hilda. Hilda’s presence at the house suddenly triggers an identity crisis in Mrs. Le Marchand and makes her reevaluate her life. She begins remembering her revolutionary past and questions her luxurious but empty present. In the meantime, her dependency on Hilda grows slowly and becomes an obsession. An obsession that, in the end, will come at a high price.  In Spanish with English subtitles.

8:00 PM  Wacken (2014)   Synopsis:  WACKEN OPEN AIR is the biggest 3-day-rock-and-metal-festival in the world. It's three days of raw energy, non-stop Heavy Metal music at full blast and 80.000 fans on a party frenzy. A true legend, taking place annually since 1990 in the sleepy German country town of Wacken, it attracts fans from all over the world.  This documentary takes you on an amazing journey into the fascinating world of the W:O:A community. In English.

Thursday, October 15th

6:00 PM  Was heißt hier Ende? (Then Is It the End?) 2015   Synopsis: Critic Michael Althen, who died in May 2011, knew how to get passionate dialogue about cinema going in the most beautiful manner. Colleagues, friends, directors, his wife, and even Althen himself all get to have their say and it’s as if film history itself suddenly started speaking. In German with English subtitles.

8:00 PM  Soshite chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son) 2014   Synopsis: Following an unexpected phone call, an affluent architect and his wife learn that their six-year-old son was switched at the hospital and is not their biological child. Observing the rough yet caring family that has raised his natural son for the last six years, Ryota begins to question his own values on fatherhood. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Friday, October 16th
6:00 PM  Hijo de Trauco (Son of Trauco) 2013   Synopsis: Jaime is a 14-year-old skeptical young man who dreams of leaving Punta Chucao to become a poet. One day, he discovers that everything he knows about his father is a lie. Together with Violeta, he embarks on a journey through the archipelago to find out the truth, and it is there that the line between myth and reality starts to blur. In Spanish with English subtitles.
8:00 PM  Im Keller (In the Basement) 2014   Synopisis: Maverick director Seidl delves into yet another exploration of the dark underside of the human psyche with a look at Austrian basements fitted out as private domains for secrets and fetishes. No desire or proclivity is off limits to Seidl’s camera, which takes in the opera-singing gunslinger, the Hitler-loving brass band, a hunter of exotic species, and the passionate devotees of S&M with both curiosity and compassion. In German with English subtitles. Note: For adult audiences only; some images may be disturbing to more sensitive viewers.

 Saturday, October 17th

2:00 PM  Shana: The Wolf’s Music (2014)   Synopsis: The Canadian First Nations girl Shana is a very gifted musician. But to bring her violin to sing, she must follow the wolf. Nino Jacusso has filmed this captivating coming-of-age drama with sensational beauty and spiritual tenderness.  In English.

4:00 PM  El día trajo la oscuridad (Darkness by Day) 2013   Synopsis: An outbreak of rabies has appeared in a small village. Virginia receives an unexpected visit by her cousin Anabel, who is suffering from a strange illness, sleeping during the day and staying awake all night. As day and night intermingle, telephones don’t work, and with the bitter cold, a feeling of anxiety starts to grow on everyone. In Spanish with English subtitles.
 6:00 PM  Die abhandene Welt (The Misplaced World) 2014   Synopsis: By chance Paul Kromberger discovers on the internet a photograph of the US opera diva Caterina Fabiani who is the spitting image of Evelyn, his dead wife. His unease and growing sense of alarm are transferred to his daughter, Sophie. Filled with curiosity, she leaves Germany and journeys across the Atlantic to make contact with this stranger.  Lttle by little, secrets which have been hidden for decades deep in the hearts of the older generation come to light. In German, English and Italian.

8:00 PM  Cerro Torre (2013)   Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, climber David Lama sets out to climb the infamous south-east face of Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world. No one has ever climbed this Needle of Granite in free-climbing style. A documentary about mountaineering, friendship and transformation. It’s a coming of age story that also takes a close look at the state of rock climbing and alpinism, as well as their many philosophies and ethical approaches. In English, Spanish, German and Italian.

Sunday, October 18th

12:00 PM  Lola auf der Erbse (Lola on the Pea) 2014   Synopsis: Lola lives on a house boat called “The Pea” with her mother. Since her father vanished into thin air, she has become an outsider at her school. She wants nothing to change until he comes back. But suddenly two events tear Lola out of her lonely world. One: her mother has a new boyfriend, his name is Kurt, he’s a vet, and Lola does everything she can to get her mother and Kurt to split. And then there is Rebin, the mysterious new student in her class: he is a Kurd and lives illegally in Germany with his parents. In German with English subtitles

2:00 PM  Auf das Leben! (To Life!) 2014   Synopsis: When a young drifter begins a friendship with ageing and isolated Ruth, their two lives become intimately intertwined. Raised in postwar Germany, Ruth, an ex-cabaret Yiddish performer with a suppressed life force, is struggling with moving into a retirement complex. Wandering throughout the city doing menial jobs, young Jonas tries to avoid being tied down.  Auf Das Leben! To Life! follows the two as they embark on an emotional journey to find the strength to embrace the next stages of their lives.  In German with English subtitles.

4:00 PM  Theeb (2014)   Synopsis:  In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy name Theeb experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he and his brother embark on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.  In Arabic with English Subtitles. 


History of the OSU International Film Festival

The International Film Festival started modestly in 2009, when faculty teaching film courses in World Languages and Cultures at Oregon State University got together to screen three films to their students and community members to showcase international cinema. In 2012, the festival moved to the Darkside Cinema to accommodate growing interest from the community. In 2013, the festival expanded to seven days and eighteen films. Over the years, audiences have grown to the point that most screenings cause long lines at the box office. In recent years, the festival in the college town Corvallis in the Willamette Valley has not only seen tremendous growth, it has also become the location for film premieres and visits by directors, actors, and producers.

All films are shown in their original language with English subtitles. The screenings are free and open to the public.

For more information, film submission, and sponsorship opportunities please contact the festival director Sebastian Heiduschke [sebastian (dot) heiduschke (at) oregonstate (dot) edu]. Local and regional sponsorship is appreciated. 


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School of Language, Culture and Society (OSU)
School of Writing, Literature and Film (OSU)
Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs (OSU)
Center for the Humanities (OSU)
Austrian Consulate of Los Angeles
Condor Airlines
Consolate General of Switzerland in San Francisco
Darkside Cinema
Zeitgeist Northwest


Local business sponsoring is appreciated.




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