“Quo Vadis, Aida,” a film focused on a woman’s heartbreaking conflict to offer a searing account of the devastation of war, opens May 28 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Also continuing to show is “Slalom.”
Sent in Bosnia in the summer of 1955, “Quo Vadis, Aida” follows Aida (played by Jasna Đuričić), a translator for the United Nations in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army storms the town, Aida’s family is among the thousands of citizens seeking shelter in the U.N. camp.
As an insider to the ongoing negotiations, Aida has access to crucial details that she needs to interpret. Knowing what approaches places Aida in a difficult position, having to decide what direction to take to best protect her family and people.
“Quo Vadus, Aida,” which is not rated, shows at the Ross through June 10.
Also showing is “Slalom,” a film that offers a moving account of oppression and abuse in the guise of mentorship.
This riveting, Cannes-selected #MeToo drama from debut filmmaker Charlène Favier follows the relationship between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor, played by frequent Dardenne brothers collaborator Jérémie Renier. In a breakthrough role, Noée Abita plays 15-year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps who has been accepted to an elite ski club known for producing some of the country’s top professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience. Under his influence, she will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training.
The film, which is unrated, is showing through June 3.
For more information about films playing at the Ross, including show times and ticket pricing, click here or call 402-472-5353.