Upcoming VBMA Film Course Focuses on Families and Love

VERO BEACH — Some of the many ways that people in the Western world form families and express familial love will be shown in the upcoming Vero Beach Museum of Art film studies course “Love in the Family Way Part 1: The West” starting on January 11, 2011. This class is the first in a three-part series featuring films on the topic of familiy. Part 2 will feature films from Asia and Part 3 will feature films from the Middle East. Classes in the new course will be held on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, January 11 and continuing through Tuesday, February 8, 2011. Students may sign up for either the afternoon session at 1:30 pm or the evening session at 7 pm as part of this five-week film studies offering.

“We’ll be seeing an extraordinary collection of recent films in this course that show families coming to grips with new stages in their lives,” according to Warren Obluck, the museum’s film studies coordinator.  “Some are funny, some are touching, all are fascinating.”

The films come from France, Sweden, and Chile, along with an American independent, he said. Their stories range from contemporary to historical and from traditional to not-so-traditional families-but they all deal with universal issues that are familiar to us all.

Viewed in the course from the United States will be Raymond De Felitta’s “City Island;” from Chile, Sebastian Silva’s “The Maid;’ from Sweden, Jan Troell’s “Everlasting Moments;” and from France, Claire Denis’ “35 Shots of Rum,” and Philippe Lioret’s “Welcome.”

Films are introduced and discussions moderated by Obluck, former cultural attaché at the American embassies in Rome, Tokyo and Manila.  He is also the 2010 winner of the Indian River County Cultural Council’s Laurel Award for cultural/professional achievement.

Classes are offered in the Museum’s state-of-the-art Leonhardt Auditorium.

Tuition for the five-week course is $55 ($45.00 for museum members).

Register in person, by phone at (772) 231-0707, ext. 136  or online at ww.verobeachmuseum.org.

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