Film Series

In light of the University's developing response to COVID-19, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center has canceled all events through May 10th.

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All films will be screened at 7:00 p.m. in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are required. For reservations, contact 574-631-2800 or order tickets online at


Each film with have a 10-20 minute introduction by a member of the faculty or a guest speaker.

Pain and Glory (2019)

Thursday, March 5 at 7 PM

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain | Rated R
Includes nudity
113 minutes

Cannes Film Festival Winner: Best Actor (Antonio Banderas)

Introduced by Nanovic Faculty Fellow Jim Collins
Chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and Concurrent Professor of American Studies and English 

Pain and Glory tells of a series of encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, an aging film director. These encounters—some vivid memories from the past, others fleeting moments in the present—cause Salvador to reflect on the choices he’s made in his life.




ORAY – Trailer from Pluto Film on Vimeo.


Thursday, March 19 at 7 PM

Directed by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
Germany | Not Rated
100 minutes

Winner of the Berlinale's Best First Feature Award

Director Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay is scheduled to introduce the screening.

Translation provided by William Collins Donahue, Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and Director, Initiative for Global Europe, Keough School of Global Affairs

Oray strives to be a better person but struggles with his shady past. His dream of being a good Muslim and the perfect husband is suddenly shattered while arguing with his wife. Oray goes to Cologne, where he tries to rebuild his life in a new Muslim community. But he is constantly torn between his faith, everyday reality and identity.



CANCELED: Il Traditore / The Traitor (2019)

Thursday, March 26 at 7 PM

Directed by Marco Bellocchio
Italy | Rated R
Includes brief nudity
145 minutes

Nominated for Palme d’Or, 2019 Cannes Film Festival

Introduced by Valentina Geri
Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Studies

Based on the life of Tommaso Buscetta, the Sicilian mafia boss who helped bring down the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate.


CANCELED: Donbass (2018)

Thursday, April 16 at 7 PM

Directed by Sergey Loznitsa
Germany | Not Rated
122 minutes

Un Certain Regard Award, 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Introduced by Nanovic Faculty Fellow Emily Wang
Assistant Professor, German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Society in Ukraine begins to degrade with the rise of strong propaganda and effective manipulation in the post-truth era.


CANCELED: Hrútar / Rams (2015)

Thursday, April 23 at 7 PM

Directed by Grímur Hákonarson
Iceland | Rated R
Includes brief nudity
93 minutes

Un Certain Regard Award, 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Introduced by John Soares
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them — their sheep.