Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Learn Outside the Classroom

Film Festivals & Art Shows


The Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main St. Buffalo

The Department of Modern Languages (sponsored by The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College) hosts an annual Polish film festival. Francophone and Quebecois film festivals have also been held.

Monday, November 11, 2013

7:30 p.m. – MESSENGER OF TRUTH (2012).
Writer and Producer, Paul Hensler. Canisius College, Student Center/Regis North.


Thursday, November 154, 2013

6:00 p.m.- SHIELDS AGAINST EVIL: Recent paintings by ARTUR POPEK.
Professor Popek chairs the Department of Art at the M. Curie-Skłodowska in Lublin and serves as an Art Director of the Society for Arts in Chicago. He designs prints and makes illustrations for books and magazines, including Nowy Dziennik in New York.

7:30 p.m. - POKŁOSIE (Aftermath,120’, 2012). Directed by Władysław Pasikowski. Franciszek Kalina returns to Poland after years of living abroad, alarmed that his younger brother is at odds with the residents of their village. The estranged brothers try to find out the truth. The secret, once revealed, will leave a tragic mark on the life of the two brothers and their neighbors. A film inspired by real events.

Co-Sponsored by the 29th Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival

Friday, November 15, 2013

5:30 p.m. - SHIELDS AGAINST EVIL: Recent Paintings by Artur Popek, Opening Reception (The Montante Cultural Center, Reception Room)

7:30 p.m. - PAN TADEUSZ (124', 1928). Directed by Ryszard Ordynski.
Silent movie based on an epic poem written by Adam Mickiewicz. The film has been reconstructed from its original 3-hour version. Live music by Marcin Pukaluk. The program is made in collaboration with the National Cinematheque in Warsaw.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

7:30 p.m. - UKŁAD ZAMKNIĘTY (Close Circuit, 100', 2013). Directed by Ryszard Bugajski.

Q&A Session with the Director and Actress, Maria Mamona.
Polish with English subtitles.  A thriller, loosely based on real-life experiences of three, much too successful businessmen who draw the ire of local officials and face a Kafkaesque nightmare of imprisonment.  

Sunday, November 17, 2013 – Montante Cultural Center –

3:00 p.m. -  RÓŻA (Rose, 98', 2011). Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski  
Polish with English subtitles. A story of the tragic fates suffered by the inhabitants of the Mazurian region in the years following WWII, Variety terms it “almost unbearably brutal, yet hauntingly romantic.”

Cost $10, seniors/students $5 (Art Exhibit-Free). Tickets available at the door. All the films, except of PAN TADEUSZ, have English subtitles.For more info contact the Office of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at 888 2835, or e-mail Margaret Stefanski at, Mary Lou Wyrobek at


Sponsored by Spanish Honor Society and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultues

Chico & Rita

Thursday, 10/3/13 at 5pm Canisius College, Student Center/Regis North

Dir. Fernando Trueba, 2010, Animation / Romance

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.  94 mins 

Spain, Great Britain

Aquí y Allá (Here and There) 

Thursday 10/10/13 at 5pm Canisius College, Student Center/Regis North

Dir. Antonio Méndez Esparza, 2012, Drama
"AQUÍ": Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the US, he hopes to now finally make a better life with his family, and even to pursue his dreams on the side by starting a band: Copa Kings. He cherishes the everyday moments with his family. "ALLÁ": The villagers think this year's crop will be bountiful. There is also good work in a growing city an hour away. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away, north of the border. While working in the fields, Pedro meets and begins to mentor a teenager who dreams of the US. That place somehow always feels very present, practically knocking at the door. "Aquí y Allá" is a story about hope, and the memories and loss of what we leave behind.  110 mins 

USA, Spain, Mexico

Un cuento chino (Chinese Take-Away)

Thursday 10/17/13 @5 pm Canisius College, Student Center/Regis North
Dir. Sebastián Borensztein, 2011, Drama
In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store. Roberto collects bizarre worldwide news in an album as a hobby and his acquaintance Mari has an unrequited love for him, but Roberto is always evasive. One day, Roberto sees a Chinese named Jun being expelled from a taxi while he is watching the landing of airplanes in the airport and he helps the man to stand up. Jun does not speak Spanish and shows a tattoo with an address on his arm. Roberto heads to the spot with Jun and discover that the place belonged to Jun's uncle that sold it three and half years ago. Roberto goes with Jun to the police station, to the China's embassy and to a Chinese neighborhood to seek out his uncle but it is a fruitless search. Roberto lodges Jun in his house and after a series of incidents, he finds a delivery boy to translate Jun and he learns the dramatic story of his life.  93 mins 

Argentina, Spain

El Regreso (The Return)

Thursday 10/24/13 at 5pm Canisius College, Student Center/Conference Room SC 205
Dir. Hernán Jiménez, 2011, Drama
After a decade abroad, Antonio returns to Costa Rica for a short visit. Unable to run away as usual, he is confronted with everything he has desperately struggled to put in the past: a broken family, an ailing father, a violent country and long lost friends.  95 mins 

Costa Rica

 Contracorriente (Undertow)

Thursday 10/31/13 at 5pm Canisius College, Student Center/Regis North
Dir. Javier Fuentes León, 2010, Drama / Romance
An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.  100 mins 

Peru, Colombia, France, Germany



Student Clubs

Student clubs include Latin America Students and Friends (LASAF), Ñ Spanish Club, Phi Alpha Delta (French Honor Society), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society), and Delta Phi Alpha (German Honor Society).

Service Learning

French and Spanish majors volunteer in the local community through the Office of Community-Based learning at agencies such as Vive La Casa, Los Tainos and the International Institute.

Study Abroad/ Study Tours

Modern languages, literatures and cultures majors are required to study abroad for a minimum of four consecutive weeks in a formal pre-approved program in the target language. Opportunities are available to modern language students in Argentina, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica (for Spanish, pre-med and law enforcement students), Cuba, Université Catholique de Lille a Paris (new summer 2012), and the Université de Québéc a Montreal. You can read about the study abroad to Cuba in Canisius MagazineLearn more about the college’s study abroad options.

Learn more about the study abroad opportunity for pre-med, law enforcement & education majors in San José, Costa Rica for Summer 2013.

Class related field trips have included a trip to Los Angeles to explore gang life in LA, meet with local ex-gang leaders and authors, visit community centers, and volunteer in a soup kitchen for homeless hispanic men.  You can read about the field trip to LA Gangland in the Canisius Magazine.


Modern languages students have participated in summer internships in Meudon, France; Dortmund, Germany; San José, Costa Rica; and in the local community at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the International Institute and the Big Mirror Initiative of Buffalo. Local companies that conduct business in Latin America such as New Era Cap and Rich Products also provide internships to Spanish majors.