Global, Press Release

2019 Hispanic Film Festival

September 18, 2019 – by Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan to Host Five Free Screenings Beginning Oct. 3

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2019 Hispanic Film Festival kicks off Oct. 3 and continues through Nov. 12, showcasing five movies from Spain and Latin America.

Each free screening will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Some films may contain mature themes and language. All screenings will conclude with a discussion led by Ohio Wesleyan students and faculty. This year’s featured films include:

Oct. 3 – “Birdboy” (Psiconautas, Los Niños Olvidados)
Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero / Spain / 80 minutes / 2015 / Spanish with English subtitles

Based on the comic Psiconautas by Alberto Vázquez, this animated coming-of-age film follows the main character, a shy outcast in a post-apocalyptic society, and Dinky, a teenage mouse runaway fleeing her desolate island home.


Oct. 22 – “Everybody Knows” (Todos lo Saben)
Ashgar Farhadi / France, Spain, Italy / 132 minutes / 2018 / Spanish with English subtitles

Laura and her two children travel from Argentina to Spain to attend her sister’s wedding. The joyful reunion soon turns tragic when her older daughter gets kidnapped—revealing a dark web of hidden secrets.


Oct. 29 – “Everybody Leaves” (Todos se Van)
Sergio Cabrera / Colombia, Cuba / 107 minutes / 2015 / Spanish with English subtitles

Shot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, Everybody Leaves is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation of the authoritarian Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country’s worst economic crises.


Nov. 5 – “The Death of Pinochet” (La Muerte de Pinochet)
Ivan Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut / Chile / 67 minutes / 2011 / Spanish with English subtitles

December 10, 2006, General Pinochet dies unexpectedly in Santiago’s Military Hospital. For 24 hours, his death reawakens the political divisions that marked Chile’s recent history with death and violence. Using original footage and the testimonies of four characters who lived through that day of profound contrasts, the film relates the end of a key chapter in Chile’s history.


Nov. 12 – “Truman”
Cesc Gay / Argentina, Spain / 108 minutes / 2015 / Spanish with English subtitles

Terminally ill actor Julián wants to spend his final days tying up loose ends. When childhood friend Tomás pays him an unexpected visit, the two men set out to finalize funeral arrangements, settle accounts and find a home for Julián's beloved dog.


The 2019 Hispanic Film Festival is hosted by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Spanish Program, in collaboration with the OWU Film Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Global Studies Institute, and VIVA Latinx student organization. The festival is made possible through the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture, and the Secretary of State for Culture in Spain. For more information about the series, contact Eva Paris, assistant professor of modern foreign languages, at eeparish@owu.edu.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.