Film Series

Fall 2023: Europe Through Film

Since 2005, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies has partnered with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center 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, and the spirit of 1968.

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This fall, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies focuses on four recent films that envision new European realities from very different perspectives. Nanovic Faculty Fellow Jim Collins, professor in the department of film, television, and theatre and concurrent professor in English, created a class and film series that details how we talk about the definition of "European art film" as an alternative to Hollywood filmmaking in terms of stylistic practice, political content, business models, and cultural prestige. A guest speaker specializing in the national culture will introduce each film and co-lead the discussion after the screening.

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.

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Close To Vemeer (NETHERLANDS)


October 25, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Go behind the scenes of the largest Vermeer exhibition ever, mounted in early 2023 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

Award-winning director Cristian Mungiu’s gripping portrait of ethnic and economic resentments tearing at the fabric of a small mountain town.

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The Quiet Girl (IRELAND)


Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

In this heart-wrenching drama set in 1980s rural Ireland, a neglected youngster from a dysfunctional family is sent away for the summer. She blossoms in the care of her foster parents, but soon discovers this enchanting place is hiding a tragic secret.

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The Beasts/As Bestas (SPAIN)


Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

A pair of French outsiders find themselves trapped in a heated dispute with their provincial Galician neighbors.