Detail view of a Roman license plate, Rome, ItalyThe 51st Annual International Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University will present the film Three Brothers (Tre Fratelli)) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in Cornell Auditorium in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center.  

No admission is charged. The public is invited.

Francesco Rosi directed this moving portrait of three very different brothers who have been separated for years by work and life.  When they return to the village of their youth following the death of their mother they share memories and must finally reconcile their conflicts. 

Rosi succeeded in having each of the three brothers represent a different stratum of contemporary Italian society and a different political viewpoint.  Raffaele  (Philippe Noiret) is a judge who risks a terrorist attack for a political case he hasn’t even accepted yet.  Rocco (Vittorio Mezzogiorno) is a social worker who works at a correctional institute for boys.  Nicola (Michele Placido) is a radical factory worker who is involved in labor disputes. 

Three Brothers was voted as the “Best Foreign Film” in 1982 by the New York Film Critics Circle.”

The film was labeled “Full of startling clarity and beauty, of extraordinary sweetness, of the discovery of unexpected reserves of emotion” by The New York Times.  For more information, telephone (417) 673-1261.