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Film Series Flows with the Flood

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute will continue its annual series at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 with Aditya Assarat’s “Wonderful Town” in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium. The school is located at McKinley Avenue and N.W. 27th Street.

“Wonderful Town” was the first moving film to address the devastation of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. It follows Ton, a young Bangkok architect, who is dispatched to oversee a building site in a seaside Thai resort town. There, he meets and gradually falls in love with Na, a shy and pretty inn-keeper who is equally drawn to Ton. The love story then takes unusual turns amidst the ruins of the ghost town feel of the setting.

Harbour Winn, director of the OCU Film Institute, noted that it will be the first film from Thailand shown in the film institute’s history.

The New York Times said of the production, “It's no small feat to pull off as sweet and sensitive a romance as that between Na and Ton, and something rarer yet to suffuse such affections into a poem of wounded landscape.”

The 29th anniversary of the OCU film series is based on Rollo May’s book, “The Cry for Myth.” May, a philosopher and psychologist, is credited with bringing European existentialistic ideas to the U.S.

Other dates and films in the series include 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 www.okcu.edu/film-lit/ for more information.