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Film Series Tangles With Existentialism
The Oklahoma City University Film Institute is set to begin its 29th year Sept. 26 with a screening series based on Rollo May’s “The Cry for Myth.” The series is free to the public and will open with Olivier Assayas’ “Summer Hours” at 2 p.m. in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium. The school is located at McKinley Avenue and N.W. 27th Street. May, a philosopher and psychologist, is credited with bringing European existentialistic ideas to the U.S. “Dr. May is considered the father of existential psychotherapy,” said Harbour Winn, director of the OCU Film Institute. “We have chosen films for this series that we hope will make people think deeply about personal existence and experience.” May’s book “The Cry for Myth” will be available for purchase at the film showings. The series opening film “Summer Hours” is about three siblings who must decide what to do with the country estate and objects inherited from their mother. Its message focuses on globalized modern living and materialism. A review in the Chicago Tribune stated, “The texture and flow of ‘Summer Hours,’ the supple quality of the acting, the fluid camerawork isolating this or that observer while life flows on and domestic crises ebb and flow—it all comes together as formidably detailed and easy-breathing craftsmanship.” The 2008 French film has won several awards including best foreign film from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Other dates and films in the series include Oct. 10 with Bong Joon-ho’s “Madeo,” Oct. 24 with Sebastian Silva’s “La Nana,” Nov. 7 with Sergei Dvortsevoy’s “Tulpan,” Jan. 23 with Hany Abu-Assad’s “Paradise Now,” Feb. 6 with Aditya Assarat’s “Wonderful Town,” Feb. 20 with Michelangelo Antonioni’s “The Red Desert” and March 6 with Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s “Still Walking.” The OCU Film Institute is supported by donations and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund. Visit for more information.