Modernism + Film / UNC Charlotte International Film Series

Modernism + Film / UNC Charlotte International Film Series



The Bechtler's new Modernism + Film series joins with UNC Charlotte's International Film Series/Tournées Festival for a special film event March 17. In conjunction with the current exhibitions Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers and Antoni Tàpies: Texture and Image, which feature Spanish artists in the Bechtler collection, the Bechtler screens the 1930 silent movie La aldea maldita (60 minutes, black and white). The film is not rated and is intended for mature audiences.

This haunting film, a landmark of Spanish cinema, tells the story of a peasant family torn apart by famine and chance, but most of all by an antiquated code of honor. Weather calamities drive the villagers to seek survival in the city, where conflicts ferment in a yet more challenging environment. The film exhibits great emotional intensity, an anthropological interest in agrarian life and a visual style influenced by Russian expressionism.

Piano accompaniment to the silent film will be performed by Ethan Uslan. Frank Dominguez, host of WDAV 89.9's bilingual classical program Concierto, will provide a reading of the film’s Spanish intertitles.


A presentation by Maryrica Ortiz Lottman, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies at UNC Charlotte, will precede the screening. A discussion and Q & A with Ethan Uslan will follow screening.


A cash-bar reception begins at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the museum's 4th-floor gallery.


This program is free but reservations are required. Make reservations online, by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the visitor services desk.

Steinway piano generously provided by Piedmont Music Center

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