The Overlooked Film Festival makes a reliable return this fall. HAC Professor Justin Young continues hand-picking films for both the Trine and Angola communities to enjoy despite his promotion to department chair.

This semester’s set of films is themed, “The Old World,” and most of the films are fittingly set in Europe or at least take place partly there. Young says there is a kind of hopefulness in these films, indicative of a trend in films made in the last year.

Six films will be shown for this semester’s festival, beginning October 12 and concluding November 16.

The film series kicks off on the 12 of October with The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain, the story of the Warsaw zoo in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” “This Beautiful Fantastic” (playing October 19) tells of Bella Brown, an aspiring children’s author who must maintain the garden she has neglected or be evicted.

“It Comes At Night” is a post-apocalyptic horror showing October 26. Is what’s most dangerous the world around them, or does the real horror come from within the house that the protagonist is trying so desperately to defend?

Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson star in “The Lost City of Z,” based on a true story and showing November 2. Hunnam is British explorer Percival Fawcett, who risks everything as his obsession with finding a lost Amazonian city deepens.

Many war movies have been made, but “Their Finest” (playing November 9) focuses on a propaganda film created by the British Ministry of Information about the events at Dunkirk, intending to boost British morale.

The film “A United Kingdom” (playing November 16th) is based on the true story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana, who fell in love with a white woman during his time studying in England. Their romance caused strife in his country and threatened his title.

Anyone in need of something to do on a Thursday night at 7:00 would be hard-pressed to find a better use for their time than going to see a film for free. Young chooses films, as the name suggests, that might not get as much attention otherwise. They are films people might not think to watch. More than that, though, Young stresses the atmosphere of watching films with others. “It [the film series]is a communal event. People say, ‘Well, I can watch the movie later on my own,’ but there’s something unique about watching a film with a community of students and faculty and staff and community members, many of whom are senior citizens.”

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Alexis DeLancey-Christiansen is a dual major in English and Communication.