Film Series

Women at Work in European Cinema

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 documentary, the Great War on film, and the spirit of 1968.

This spring, the film series investigates "Women at Work in European Cinema" curated by Nanovic Faculty Fellow Emeritus Donald Crafton (Film, Television, and Theatre). Stories about women at work have been subjects of European cinema since the beginning of the movies. But over the past two decades, women have increasingly been appearing behind the camera, as well as in front of it. Female writers, crew, and producers enjoy much more representation in Europe than in Hollywood, with its infamous glass ceiling. Many of this series' screenings are the work of women; but all explore various aspects of women at work.

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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Portrait Lady Fire Visuel Aplati

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019, France)

Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Set in France in the late 18th century, the film tells the story of an affair between an aristocrat and a painter commissioned to paint her portrait.

Populaire 2012

Populaire (2012, France)

Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

An insurance agent and his new secretary become locked in the grip of romance and competition as they train together for a speed-typing contest.

The Hive Still

Hive (2021, Kosovo)

Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Sundance triple winner and Kosovan Academy Awards® submission HIVE is a powerful feminist tale about a group of widows who band together to launch a business to support their struggling families.


The Unknown Woman (2006, Italy)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Haunted by a horrible past, a young Ukrainian woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.