Film Series

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.

For the fall 2021 semester, Nanovic Faculty Fellow James Collins, professor of film, television, and theatre, will lead the series, exploring questions central to European identity through film: How to construct a meaningful sense of historical memory (and post-memory)? How are gender and class struggles shaping national and increasingly transnational identities? And how can artists develop new forms of representation to depict those changes?

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.

The Life Ahead

The Life Ahead (2020)

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

A Holocaust survivor running a daycare business forms an unlikely friendship with a bitter street kid when she takes him in after he robs her. Starring Oscar winner Sophia Loren.

Another Round

Another Round (2020)

Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Stuck in a middle-age rut, four friends embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness.

Les Miserables

Les Misérables (2019)

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three police officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the impoverished neighborhood from spiraling out of control.


Undine (2020)

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Director Christian Petzold boldly reimagines the ancient myth of Undine in this suspenseful tale of romance and betrayal in modern-day Berlin.