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Film festival continues tonight at COC

Posted: October 21, 2010 9:49 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2010 6:00 a.m.

The International Film Festival at the College of the Canyons will show a classic Italian film “Ossessione” (Obsession) tonight. The film will be shown in Italian with English subtitles and open to the public.

The film festival has taken place every semester at COC for the past nine years. Each season has eight films, most of which are foreign. All of them are linked by themes, which are different each semester.

This year’s theme is smoking, which means all films shown this semester will have smoking as a vital part of its content.

Pierre Etienne, French professor if the Department of Modern Languages at COC and the organizer of the event, said the smoking theme came from an article he read earlier this year.

It talked about the high pressure imposed on film producers to eliminate smoking from their movies. “The idea of the theme is not to promote smoking,” Etienne said, “but to examine the films where smoking is important and discuss it: Why is there so much smoking in the films?”

Films are shown on Fridays at the Hasley Hall Theatre at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus. Each showing starts with the presentation of the film and ends with a discussion.

“We show films not only to entertain the crowd, but also to promote the interest to high-quality films and the study of foreign languages. People who learn languages use international films as a great learning tool,” Etienne said.

This Friday’s “Ossessione” is a touching love story, shot in fascist Italy during World War II. The classic plot of a passionate love between a young fellow and a youthful married woman adds to the charm of a classic Italian film.

“Ossessione” will be the fourth film in the series of the festival. Admission is free; the film begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Etienne at or visit


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