CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ‘PHOENIX’ COMES TO LIFE AT ECU

Ronald Zehrfeld and Nina Hoss star in “Phoenix” which is set to be screened at East Central University on Feb. 12.

ECU SCREENS continues the Foreign Film Festival with “Phoenix” on Friday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

 Before the show, come to the University Center at 3 p.m. for a German cabaret experience featuring German sweets and song provided by ECU's Music Department. Named one of the top five foreign language films of 2015 by the National Board of Review, “Phoenix” is free and open to the public.

ECU SCREENS is collaborating with Sigma Tau Delta and The Honors Student Association to show the “beautiful and mysteriously powerful” (Wall Street Journal) German film. “Phoenix” is the second screening of the annual Foreign Film Festival presented by ECU SCREENS. ECU’s Foreign Film Festival screenings will be free and held on Fridays at 4 p.m. Books, DVDs, gift certificates and other door prizes will be distributed to lucky audience members after each screening.

A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in this stunning new film. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face that her former husband Johnny doesn’t recognize.

Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, “Phoenix” weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.                   

Door prizes given out at each screening will include gift certificates from the Hampton Inn (one free night), Hotshots, Cinemark Ada, Truffles and Swirls, Nacho Biznez, Asahi, Pigskins, Amber’s Sweet Shoppe, and Mojo’s Coffee Bar, and German cultural items and food samples including home-made German dark chocolate fudge brownies with black cherry preserves, German chocolate cake cookies, apple strudel, Bienenstich (bee sting cake) and Krapfen (German pastries)

To learn more about ECU SCREENS and the spring schedule, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit www.ecuscreens.blogspot.com. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

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