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Film Series Opens with 'Antoine'

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s series will open its 31st year at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 with Claude Jutra’s “Mon Oncle Antoine” in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business. The school is located at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

Admission to all films in the series is free. The series is supported in part by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund and endowments through OCU and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

 “Mon Oncle Antoine” has been named the greatest Canadian film of all time based on a critics poll held each decade. It won eight Genie Awards, which is the Canadian version of the Oscar Awards, and was honored at seven international film festivals.

The bittersweet masterpiece is about the coming of age of a 14-year-old boy who lives with his Uncle Antoine in a small town. It is set in the 1940s in Quebec’s asbestos mining region. Made at the height of Quebec separatism, the subtext of this French-language film raised the consciousness of Canadians to the plight of mine workers, who were treated as serfs while they worked in a dangerous trade.

Time magazine called the film “…incredible; the best chronicle of a coming of age since Truffaut’s ‘The 400 Blows.’”

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times stated: “This beloved Canadian film is rich in characters, glowing with life in the midst of death.”

The theme of this year’s film series is “Escape From Freedom,” borrowed from the title of a book by social theorist Erich Fromm. The book describes Fromm’s theories of humanity’s views on freedom and what the world is like without it. The book will be available for purchase at all film screenings in the series.

For more information about the series, call (405) 208-5472 or visit

Other films and dates in the Oklahoma City University Film Institute series are:

* Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War,” Oct. 7

* Carlos César Arbeláez’s “The Colors of the Mountain,” Oct. 21

* Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “The Double Life of Véronique,” Nov.4

* Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation,” Jan. 27

* So Yong Kim’s “Treeless Mountain,” Feb. 10

* Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid with a Bike,” Feb. 24

* Bruce Beresford’s “Breaker Morant,” March 10