Last year, Hanover College began showing an international film series on Wednesday nights. The college will continue the series this year.

Films are shown at 7 p.m. in Classic Hall, room 102 and are sponsored by the Modern Languages Dept. The series is free and open to the public.

Fernanda Zullo, an associate professor of Spanish at Hanover College, has put on the film series for the last two years. Zullo said she will try to see which films are popular at international film festivals to find movies for the series.

"I try to follow some trends and put my finger on the pulse of international films," she said. "We're trying to represent different cultural contexts. We're trying to explore different cultures, different modes of story telling. We're trying to include more of well known cinemas, like German, French and Italian with those of that are lesser known. Say some films from Algeria or Chile."

Zullo said the film series has been a success so far and, depending on the film, up to 30 people have come to watch films.

They plan on making the series an annual event.

Next Wednesday, the college is showing "Offside," an Iranian film directed by Jafar Panahi in 2006. The film follows Tehran, a soccer fan who isn't allowed inside the soccer stadium because she is a female.

The following week, the film "Coronation" will be shown. The film by Chilean director Silvio Caiozzi is about the heir of a formerly wealthy and respected Chilean family who hires young Estela to look after his grandmother.

On Feb. 20, "Go for Zucker" will be shown. The German film from 2004 centers on Jakob Zuckermann after he learns of a sizable inheritance he is about to receive. In order to obtain it, he must first reunite with his long estrange brother.

"Inch' Allah Dimanche" will be shown the following week, on March 6. The Frech/Algerian film by Yamina Benguigui shows the struggle of a wife and mother who reunites with her husband in France after leaving her home in North Africa.

Next in the series is a film called "Yojimbo" directed by Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in 1961. "Yojimbo" is about a wandering samurai-for-hire in 1860 who turns the war between two fighting clans.

On March 20, Hanover will show "Broken Embraces," directed by Pedro Almodóvar. His 2009 film is about a scriptwriter who was in a car accident that blinds him and kills someone.

"John Rabe" will be shown the next week, March 27. The German film by director Florian Gallenberger is a true story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 people during the Nanjing massacre.

The last film in the series is "The Names of Love." A French film about a free-spirited activist that sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause.