Film Series

Spring 2024: Europe Through Film: On the Margins

Since 2005, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies has partnered with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) to use film as a lens to tell European stories. These short film series have explored themes such as cinematic storytelling through documentaries, animation, the Great War on film, contemporary Ukrainian cinema, and the spirit of 1968.

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This spring, the film series focuses on the "margins" (or "peripheries") of Europe. The accompanying course for students is taught by Ricky Herbst, teaching professor of film and cinema program director at DPAC. Admission to all films is free and not limited to course participants; however, tickets should be reserved on DPAC's website.

Film remains an excellent window into various cultures, but we have to analyze why certain windows (don't) exist, what they allow us to (not) see, and the nature of that access. One way to foreground that conversation is through looking at films by, for, and/or about marginalized populations in Europe, which will be the focus of the films, readings, and discussions in this course. With ties to the Nanovic Institute's reoccurring film series, the content of this course will zone in on the relationship between contemporary European cinema and the European ideas and realities it finds compelling in terms of social and imaginative power and to whom it is granted. The course will include some history of cinema, but emphasis will be laid on using cinema as a way of stimulating questions about the nature of Europe today.

Please note that the film series is subject to change, and additional films (for in-person or virtual screenings) may be added. Film screenings are free, but tickets are required. Contact the DeBartolo Performing Arts ticket office at 574-631-2800 or order tickets online.

Two women standing outside. Screen capture from El Agua.

The Water (SPAIN)


March 21, 2024

A storm threatens to cause the river that crosses it to overflow again. An ancient popular belief asserts that certain women are predestined to disappear with each new flood...

Two children sitting on a hill.

Summer 1993 (SPAIN)


April 4, 2024

In the summer 1993 following the death of her parents, six-year-old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians.

Two women looking into the distance.

Murina (CROATIA)


April 11, 2024

An influential visitor changes life on a Croatian island for a father and daughter.

Two men playing violins in 18th-century clothing.

Chevalier (FRANCE)


April 18, 2024

Inspired by the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court.

Young man lying in a boat looking off-camera.

The Quiet Migration (DENMARK)


April 25, 2024

Carl begins to feel the pull of two worlds – “home” plus his native homeland, South Korea – and the day is fast approaching when he will have to choose.