International Film Festival Presents “Dolls”

Ursinus College’s International Film Festival, which runs throughout the fall semester, continues with Dolls on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. Directed by Takeshi Kitano, the film (in Japanese with English subtitles) is inspired by traditional Japanese Bunraku puppet theater.


Takeshi Kitano's "Dolls" will be shown on Nov. 15.

It tells the story of Matsumoto (Hidetoshi Nishijima), who agrees to an arranged marriage despite his love for a woman named Sawako (Miho Kanno). He leaves his bride-to-be at the altar and returns to Sawako, only to find that she is not quite the same woman she once was. Together they wander through Japan and encounter others involved in odd tales of love.

The date and time for the final film in the festival is included below. All films, which will be shown with English subtitles, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium, followed by refreshments and conversation. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Dec. 6: Satin Rouge, Arabic, directed by Raja Amari — When a newly widowed middle-aged woman (Hiam Abbass) learns her teenage daughter (Hend El Fahem) is dating an older musician named Chokri (Maher Kamoun), she goes to the nightclub where he performs to confront him. While there, she is drawn to the club’s troupe of belly dancers and soon begins learning how to perform the sensuous dances herself. In time, she becomes a performer at the club and becomes closer to Chokri.

For more information, contact Dr. Colette Trout at or 610-409-2432.