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April 19, 2007

Colombian Filmmaker To Host World Premiere Of 'Paper Tiger' April 27, 28

Award-winning Colombian filmmaker Luis Ospina will visit the University of Iowa Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, for a series of public screenings and discussions of his work, including the world premiere of his new film "Tigre De Papel" (Paper tiger). Ospina is on campus as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Screenings begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Room 315 of Phillips Hall. "Tigre De Papel" will also be shown at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building. All films are presented in Spanish with English subtitles. For a complete listing, visit

According to Daniel Balderston, professor of Spanish in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ospina's new film questions whether the 1960s were a dream or reality.

"Ospina proposes nothing less than the retelling and re-imagining of a crucial period of Colombian history, from the civil war that began in 1948 to the guerrilla fighting and new drug culture of the 1970s," Balderston said.

Ospina's work consists of features, short films and documentaries. At the 2000 Cartagena Film Festival, he was named best director for his fiction feature "Soplo De Vida" (Breath of life) which also won best film. His documentary "La Desazón Suprema" (The supreme uneasiness) on the Colombian writer Fernando Vallejo, won the Grand Prix Award in the best documentary category at the 2004 Toulouse Latin American Film Festival. In 2006, he received the Latin American Studies Association Award of Merit in Film.

Ospina will be on campus through the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor program, established in 1978-79 as a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, who willed her farm to the UI Foundation. Proceeds from the farm's sale went into a fund that helps bring top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

UI co-sponsors of Ospina's visit include the Latin American Studies Program, International Programs, the Institute for Cinema and Culture and the UI Departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information or special accommodations to attend these screenings, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862 or

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