Coe to host screening of "Estrellas Fijas"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-04-11 11:06:01 - General

Coe College will host a screening of the film "Estrellas Fijas" ("Fixed Stars") on Monday, April 24, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. "Estrellas Fijas" showcases the life and work of laureate Chilean poet Oscar Hahn. After the viewing of the film, there will be a question-and-answer session with Chilean director Orlando Torres Osorio. The event is free and open to the public.

The film's title was derived from one of Hahn’s poems. In "Estrellas Fijas," Osorio draws passages of Hahn's life by talking to his friends in the United States and in Chile. It follows Hahn’s life from his birth in Iquique through his work as a Hispanic literature professor at the University of Iowa, where he taught for more than 30 years. "Estrellas Fijas" was filmed in the Chilean cities of Iquique, Rancangua and Santiago, as well as Iowa City. The film was awarded "Best International Documentary" at the Festival Documentary and Short Movie in Jakarta, Indonesia in September 2016.

"I find the work done by Orlando Torres admirable, because I am a person who has been everywhere: Chile, and out of Chile, and that he could have gone to all of those places, interview people who know me or who have known me at one point, that is one thing, but to be able to put a coherent movie together with all that information, and to make sense of it, so that is not just a simple association of images, that's another thing. And he does a good job. To me that is a sign of a very good director," said Hahn after viewing the film.

"Estrellas Fijas" had its world premiere in November 2016 at the Heidelberg Center Latinoamerica in Santiago. It was then presented at the University Arturo Prat in Idique, the birth place of Hahn, at the Centro de Extension at the University of Talca, and at Le Monde Diplomatique of Santiago de Chile.

"Estrellas Fijas" was recently awarded the Dirección de Asuntos Culturales (DIRAC) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. This allows Osorio to exhibit his documentary from Monday, April 24 to Friday, May 5 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New York City.

"My interest was to present the lyric universe of Oscar Hahn to all kind of viewers, because his poems have a cinematographic and narrative quality that makes them shine like short stories," said Osorio. "Some of them form a link to our most unconscious thoughts in a very direct way which relates very well to all kind of readers."

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