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Film Series Features 'Flowers of War'

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s series will continue at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 with Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” 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.

Yimou, who was nominated for three Academy Awards, is considered one of the greatest living directors. “The Flowers of War” is a moving story set in 1937 China during the Sino-Japanese war. A mortician, played by Christian Bale, arrives in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he must confront his own identity.

Nominated by China for its 2012 Academy Award entry, “The Flowers of War” shows Zhang’s vivid, visual style.

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 www.okcu.edu/film-lit/.

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

* 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