Acclaimed Cleveland film society travels to John Carroll

September 26th, 2013

Calling all film fanatics. Looking for an excuse to put down the books, relax on a Monday night and enjoy an artistic collaboration between John Carroll University and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque? Then you’re in luck.

On Monday, Sept. 30, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque comes to the Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Science Center for Science and Technology. Cinematheque will be showing the film, “A Hijacking,” at 7 p.m. General admission is $9, but JCU students with a valid ID are free.

According to the society’s website, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque has been recognized by The New York Times as “one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters.” Led by director John Ewing and assistant director Tim Harry, Cinematheque features a variety of art, independent, foreign films and revived classics every week with the intent of “contributing to the richness of public programming in the arts.”

Traditionally, the screenings are housed at either CIA’s Russell B. Aitken Auditorium or Ohio Bell Auditorium. Yet, thanks to Salomon Rodezno, program coordinator for the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Cinematheque will journey to JCU for the first time ever.

“A Hijacking,” the feature presentation, was initially released in Denmark last September, and took the international film world by storm. This past summer, the film made its journey to America. This Danish, high-intensity thriller, written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, director of the critically acclaimed drama, “The Hunt,” recounts the story of Somali pirates hijacking a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean. The ship’s crew is in peril. One wrong move will determine whether they’ll live or die. Ransom, bribery and psychological manipulation are the key components that comprise this action-packed movie.

According to Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal, “If ‘A Hijacking’ was in English, or if U.S. audiences weren’t finicky about reading subtitles, or if life was fair, this brilliant thriller, by the Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, would be playing on multiplex screens throughout the country.”

Need another reason to attend? It’s rated “97 percent fresh” according to

Editor’s Note: To learn more about The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, visit their website at