ICA Summer Film Festival - "Nora's Will" (2008 / 92 mins.)

2011 ICA Summer Film Festival-A World of Laughter

June 23—September 15, 2011


“Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.” —Mel Brooks

The ability to make someone laugh with you, to share a moment of unabashed mirth, is a wonderful gift.  When people share a genuine laugh, barriers of language, class, gender, and religion can be erased instantaneously, if only for a moment.  This laughter may stem from theabsurd or slapstick, the cutting or insightful, but it always disarms the viewer and includes them in the fun.  This year, the Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies brings you six films from around the globe whose directors apply this gift of laughter to a variety of subjects and situations.  Travel the world with us toexperience the humor that infects us all, to share a good laugh, and to be reminded that wherever we are, there is always something to make us smile.

Introduction by Adan Griego, Curator, Latin American/Iberian Collections, Stanford Libraries

This story begins when Jose finds out that Nora, the woman he'd been married to for 30 years and then divorced, has committed suicide. The rabbi explains to Jose that due to the celebration of the Passover festivities, together with a few other factors, if Nora is not buried that same day, they will have to wait almost five days to be able to carry out the burial. It turns out that before she died, Nora devised a Machiavellian plan in order for him to take care of her funeral. But she missed something, a mysterious photograph left under the bed will lead to an unexpected outcome which will remind us that sometimes the greatest love stories are hidden in the smallest places.

92 mins. (Spanish/Hebrew with English subtitles)
This film is not rated.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies



Thursday, August 11, 2011 | 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
Building 200 - Room 002 (Basement), 450 Serra Mall Stanford University

Division of International Comparative & Area Studies (ICA)
Center for Latin American Studies