Two foreign films — one a Golden Globe award winner, the other nominated for an Oscar — open March 2 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
“In the Fade,” winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, tells the story of Katia (played by Diane Kruger) as her life falls apart after a bomb kills her husband and son.
Friends and family offer support, but the mind-numbing search for perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katia’s mourning. When a young couple from a neo-Nazi scene is arrested for the bombing and the trial begins, Katia foresees just one outcome: justice.
The German film is rated R for disturbing images, drug use, language and sexual reference.
“The Insult,” nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, uses a familiar courtroom drama to showcase the state of modern Middle Eastern politics.
Based in Beirut, the story pits Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court to settle a dispute. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of each other.
“The Insult” is rated R for language and some violent images.
Both “The Insult” and “In the Fade” show at the Ross through March 8. For more information about the films, including show times, go to the Ross website or call 402-472-5353.