Film series to screen classics from Hong Kong, Germany and Mexico

October 27, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will screen three international movies during its 2015 World Film Forum. The annual series is sponsored by the School of Languages and Cultures, and the Interdisciplinary Program in Film and Video Studies.

This year's international cult classics represent Hong Kong, the former East Germany and Mexico. All films are shown with English subtitles and are screened at the Lafayette Theater, 600 Main St., Lafayette. Admission is free. Free popcorn and a cash bar are provided.

The Tuesday screenings and discussions are at 7 p.m. and will take place Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17.

The films and presenters are:

* Nov. 3. Hongjian Wang, assistant professor of Chinese, will present "A Chinese Ghost Story" (1987, Hong Kong). A timid debt collector falls in love with a beautiful maiden ghost near a deserted temple only to find himself in a giant trap set by the evil spirits.

* Nov. 10. Jen William, professor of German, will present "The Legend of Paul and Paula" (1973, the former East Germany). At the time of its release, the tragicomedy film was wildly popular yet controversial due to its implicit critique of the socialist regime.

* Nov. 17. Marcos Wasem, visiting assistant professor of Spanish, will present "Santo against the Martians" (1967, Mexico). In the height of cold war, humanity is about to destroy itself and the Solar System with the atomic bomb. Martians decide to intervene, and invade Earth. Only Santo, the famous Mexican wrestler, can save the day.

For information, email organizer Clotilde Landais at  

News service contact: John Hughey, 765-494-2432,

Source: Clotilde Landais, 765-494-9522, 

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