“Films are great ways to get exposure to language. They give you authentic native speakers, authentic natural contexts and a creative venue to learn about aspects of a foreign culture. We always encourage our students to go to the films to practice their listening skills as well as to learn about cultural topics. Sometimes the films are a part of our conversation classes or related to topics in our seminars.”
Dr. Jacob-Ivan Eidt’s thoughts on language and film synthesize with the Foreign Language Film Series. This past Wednesday evening, students and professors enjoyed a mix of Italian and German culture in “Solino”. Taking place in the 60s, “Solino” tells the story of an Italian family, Romano and Rosa Amato and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi. The Amato family emigrated from their hometown of Solino to Germany in hopes of creating a better future for themselves. They open the first pizza restaurant in town with relative success, and the children begin to grow comfortable with Germany.
Ten years later tensions begin to rise in the family when Romano tries to get his sons to take an interest in the family business. Things only get worse when the two sons fall in love with the same woman. Gigi then returns in anger to Italy with his mother. Another 10 years later, the brothers meet again and reminisce on their lives. “Solino” is a film showing how each family member must come to balance their Italian heritage and their duties in German society.
Haven’t been able to make it to the Film Series? Go see “Of Gods and Men” this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Dr. Edit encourages all UD students to attend: “It really is a great opportunity to expose students to European film culture, which can be a lot different than your average American film. All films are free of charge in Lynch or in the Art History Auditorium.”