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Sept. 13, 2007

IWP Cinemateque opens with Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 screenings

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will open its fall Cinemateque series of film screenings with free events at 8 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 16 and 23, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

On Sept. 16 IWP participant Sarge Lacuesta will introduce "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveiros," a 2006 Philippine film directed by Auraeus Solito. And on Sept. 23 IWP participant Ksenia Golubovich will introduce "The Return," a 2003 Russian film directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev.

In Solito's comic/dramatic debut film, a 12-year-old gay boy from a criminal family falls in love with a handsome policeman. The film won more than a dozen honors in the Philippines, Asia, Europe and Canada, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

"The Return," the debut of Zvyagintsev as a film director after work in television, is a low-budget family drama that won the Venice Festival's Golden Lion and was considered a triumph of Russian filmmaking. His second film premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

Biographies of all the IWP writers are accessible at A description of the program and the 2007 residency period is accessible at

The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more than a 1,100 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk from Turkey.

This fall the IWP is hosting writers from more than 30 countries through November, including the program's first participants from Malta and Montenegro. The schedule will provide many opportunities for the public to meet and interact with the writers in social events, formal and informal readings, lectures, performances, film screenings and panel discussions.

The evolving calendar of events is accessible at and on the IWP site. These calendars will be updated regularly as new events are added.

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