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Centerpiece: Mademoiselle Paradis

Join us in celebrating the Oregon State University International Film Festival, organized and hosted by the School of Language, Culture, and Society in partnership with the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Founded in 2009, the annual festival showcases different perspectives in contemporary filmmaking from around the world.


Film Synopsis: Vienna, 1777. Maria Theresia (“Resi”) Paradis, 18 years old, is blind, and a pianist of remarkable talent. Resi lost her eyesight literally overnight when she was three. After countless failed medical experiments, her overprotective parents seek out a controversial “miracle doctor,” Franz Anton Mesmer, as their last hope for a cure. For Dr. Mesmer, the chance to successfully treat the young girl could lead to fame and fortune.

Resi moves into the estate of the doctor and his wife, where in the company of other patients she tastes personal freedom for the first time. And Mesmer’s treatments seem to have almost immediate success. However, Resi soon notices that as her sight is beginning to return, her musical virtuosity is declining. She becomes aware that being part of society as a seeing person comes at too high a price if it can mean the loss of her inner world of music.


Supported by the President's Commission on the Status of Women.


Suggested donation is $5 for the general public and free for anyone with an Oregon State University ID, Oregon State University alumni, and veterans.


Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

Darkside Cinema 215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, 97333

Event Topic

Art and Entertainment


Community, Faculty and Staff, Student, Alumni, International



School of Writing, Literature, and Film, School of Language, Culture, and Society
Contact Name

Sebastian Heiduschke

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(541) 737-3957

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