Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Orbis Terrarum Film Mini-Challenge Giveaway

Dear Orbis Terrarum 2009 Challenge Participants:

With Bethany's approval, I'll be sponsoring a DVD giveaway in early March to help kick off this year's Orbis Terrarum Film Mini-Challenge. One lucky winner will receive a copy of director Marco Tullio Giordana's 2003 The Best of Youth (original title: La meglio giovent├╣), a six-hour Italian epic that follows the fortunes of brothers Matteo and Nicola Carati through almost forty years of recent history in the bel paese. Everybody I've shown this movie to has been blown away by it, so I hope I can continue the streak with you if you turn out to be the giveaway winner!

Although the DVD winner will be determined by a random drawing, you can increase your chances to earn up to five raffle entry points by doing one or more of the following: 1) Comment on this post to let me know that you're interested in being entered into the drawing. 2) For a bonus point, let me and Bethany know what three of your all-time favorite foreign films are in the course of your comments. 3) For three bonus points, sign up for the Orbis Terrarum Film Mini-Challenge using Mister Linky by the end of the month. I plan on holding the drawing on March 1st, the official start of the main OT Challenge and all the mini-challenges this year, so please comment and/or sign-up by the end of February to be eligible to win.

One last thing: This Best of Youth DVD is a region one DVD, which means it will only play on U.S. and Canada DVD players unless you have a multi-region DVD player or program. If you win the contest but aren't sure if you're able to play U.S. DVDs on your system, let me know if you'd prefer that I send you a copy of Giuseppe di Lampedusa's 1958 novel The Leopard (Il gattopardo) instead. Ciao!