International Lens

International Lens, a film series with a global perspective, uses film screenings as a forum to promote conversation among Vanderbilt-€™s diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. International Lens strives to transcend geographic, ethnic, religious, linguistic, and political boundaries by facilitating conversation and greater cross-cultural understanding through cinema. The series is a partnership among the Office of the Dean of students and academic departments, centers, and programs.

Admission is FREE.

All films are open to the public. All films in Sarrett Cinema at 7:30 p.m, unless otherwise noted.

For parking maps and additional information visit or call 322-6400.

José and Pilar

Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema

The film follows José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Rio. It shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his masterpiece,  The Elephant-€™s Journey, and how their love quietly sustains them. It unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. A glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century.

Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles. Unrated. 117 min. DVD.

Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema

In this complex drama, a drifter brings his new girlfriend home for a visit. The girl-€™s real flame is an escaped convict, who looks her up, but before she can leave with her lover, the drifter-€™s mother kills her. Even though the mother had an incestuous relationship with her son, the son is determined to kill his mother, believing that she killed his one true love. Grim and haunting, it is one of the best representations of the Spanish golden age of cinema.

Spanish with English subtitles. Unrated. 82 mins. DVD.