by | Sep 29, 2021 | Films

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with post-film discussion
Wednesday October 27, 7:00 pm (SOLD OUT)
  ENCORE SCREENING: Thur Nov 11, 7:00 pm
Proof of vaccination is required for admission

SHORT TAKE:  LANGUAGE LESSONS is a beautifully made and superbly acted story — about personal loss, about feeling alone, about breaking down walls and sharing feelings, about blossoming friendship and platonic love. It does not resort to sex to hold viewers’ attention.
Here, we have two interesting people who discover each other and explore what really matters in life. The onscreen chemistry between Adam (Mark Duplass) and Cariño (Natalie Morales) is strong, sincere and believable, as is the developing relationship between their characters.

Directed by Natalie Morales, co-written by Morales and Duplass, with both providing charismatic and heartfelt performances, LANGUAGE LESSONS is bittersweet, honest, moving and darkly funny. This is an elegant gem in a sea of big-budget, predictable films flooding theatres and the Internet.

Best enjoyed on the big screen, join us for the film and discussion led by Alfonso Barnes and Sara Drabik on, Wednesday October 27 and again on November 11.

NOT another Zoom/Pandemic movie! LANGUAGE LESSONS is not set within, or framed by, the pandemic. It is not about Covid-19, quarantines, or lock-downs. Delightfully, this charming film frees us from all of that baggage.

Distance learning via one-on-one video chat predates the pandemic Zoom boom and is common with foreign language instruction involving people in different countries. Two people voluntarily and privately connecting via online tutorials is way different than than a laptop screen full of staring faces. And now, having watched LANGUAGE LESSONS on the big screen, the mode of communication actually enhanced the power of the story thanks to brilliant writing, direction and acting.  See for yourself!


Safety Protocol Update:

Proof of vaccination is REQUIRED and you will need to show your Vax card (hard copy or phone photo) for admission.  See complete details on the CWC Policies Page.


“LANGUAGE LESSONS” A 91-minute comedic drama followed by post-film discussion. Most people find CWC  discussions worthwhile — budget two hours for the complete experience. This film is not rated (NR) — but suitable for young adults — no sex, violence, nudity or language issues. Suggest PG or PG-13.

THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.  Google Map     Garfield Parking Options


☀ ENCORE: Thursday, November 11, 2021, 7:00 pm, with discussion immediately following.
☀ Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7:00 pm, with discussion immediately following.

In-theatre tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (if not sold out in advance). All tickets are available online via the Tix Button, and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 safety information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.

Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.

Across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

CWC patrons will receive a 15% discount on their order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are requested by B&B management. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

B&B HOURS: MON-TUE, closed; WED-THS, 4-10 pm; FRI-SAT, 4-12 am; SUN, 4-10 pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the restaurant, every night. Hours and menu subject to change – check the website before booking. RESERVATIONS: 513-954-8974 or


Alfonso Barnes, Jr.,
Discussion Leader

Alfonso BarnesFamiliar with the techniques we see in the film Language Lessons, Alfonso E. Barnes Jr. understands the dynamics of remote language instruction, with participants located in different countries and continents.

A native of Panama, Alfonso came to Cincinnati as a young man. He attended Finneytown HS and later received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.  During his twenty years with Cincilingua International Language Center he had multiple roles – program coordinator for immersive learning; managing the translation and interpretation department; handling travel logistics for incoming international students, etc.

Currently Alfonso works for Cincinnati Public Schools where he is an ESL instructor at the Leap Academy. He also teaches Spanish to the CPS faculty. In addition, he serves translation clients acquired in years past. Active in the community, he is a volunteer with Cincinnati World Cinema and Su Casa where he received their “Volunteer of the Year” award.


Sara Mahle Drabik,
Dicussion Leader

Sara Mahle Drabik CWC audiences are familiar with Sara, who has frequently led our post-film discussions over the past decade. She is a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Electronic Media and Broadcasting in the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University where she teaches documentary film making, media literacy and leads special projects classes at her alma mater, where she received her M.A. in Communication, with Honors.

Her extensive experience in teaching, production and media activism informs her focus on community based projects that raise awareness of social issues and attempt to create positive social change. Sara has created and led travel abroad programs for her film students, shooting documentaries in Central America and Africa.

Her work has been featured by the University Film and Video Assoc., the Broadcast Education Assoc., the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, NPR, KET/PBS, the Cornell Cinema, the Olympia Film and Video Festival, and the New England Experimental Film and Video Festival.  Sara’s current research is a collaboration with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance exploring the changing roles of women in the international coffee industry. She is also a board member and current vice president of Women in Film Cincinnati.

In the early portion of her career, after spending a year developing educational programs in Thailand, Sara worked for several years as the Education Coordinator for Media Bridges, a non-profit media arts organization in Cincinnati. Through her work, Sara brought the tools of video making and media analysis to classrooms throughout the city of Cincinnati. And, as curator of local film and video exhibitions presented quarterly by Underneath Cincinnati, Sara worked with many Tri-State area media artists, nurturing Cincinnati’s emerging film and video community.  She studied film and photography at Ithaca College where she received her BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts in 1999.


Tim Swallow,
Discussion Leader & Moderator

Timothy SwallowTim operates The Garfield Theatre and is a founder and now CEO of Cincinnati World Cinema, with a 20-year history of film programming and presentation, including world premieres and festivals.  A founding board member of Women in Film Cincinnati, he has brought approximately 300 films by women to CWC over the years.

Prior to CWC, he spent 20 years as a live events producer, focusing on music, theatre and the arts. His experience includes management, marketing, finance, IT and non-profit boards. Specializing in short film, Tim’s passion is building a film community to experience high-quality international, independent and short-form cinema not otherwise available in this market.


Rotten Tomatoes:  Critics Score 96%, Audience Score 100%

Winner, Audience Award – Narrative Spotlight, SXSW 2021
Winner, Audience Award – Best Narrative Feature, Provincetown Intl Film Festival 2021
Winner, Best First Feature – Honorable Mention, San Francisco Frameline Festival 2021
Special Presentation + Nominee, Best Feature Film, Berlin International Film Festival 2021
Official Selection – BFI London Film Festival 2021
Official Selection – Sedona International Film Festival 2021
Official Selection – San Francisco International Film Festival 2021
Official Selection – Melbourne International Film Festival 2021
Official Selection – Inside Out Toronto Film Festival 2021

“Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales shine in intimate exploration of platonic love.”
– Indiewire
“A film graced with charm and genuine heart.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“Gorgeously, uncomfortably real.”
– The Austin Chronicle
“One of the timeliest, sweetest and best films of 2021.”
“So full of emotion and heart that it’s impossible to resist.”
– Awards Radar
“This film is like a big warm hug of pure, perfect goodness that we all so need right now.”
– First Showing
“Zoom fatigue may be real, but Language Lessons ventures to show how true connection can come at any time, and through any medium, barriers be damned.”
– Kate Erbland, indieWire


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