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Film Series Leads a ‘Double Life’

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s series will continue at 2 p.m. Nov.4 with Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “The Double Life of Véronique” 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.

Kieslowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films — a mysterious rumination on identity, love, déjà vu and human intuition. Those familiar with Kieslowski's later Three Colors trilogy of “Blue,” “White” and “Red” will recognize his fascination with accidental happenings and chance encounters, as well as Irène Jacob from “Red,” whose performance won the 1991 Cannes Film Festival award for best actress.

“The Double Life of Véronique” was one of the two most requested films on last year’s film series evaluations. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said of the film, “The parts do not quite fit, and anyway this is not a puzzle to be assembled. It is a romance about those moments we all sometimes have when we think we see ourselves at a distance.”

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:

* 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