International Film Series

2013-2014

film series

Films are shown at 4pm and 7pm in the Library Auditorium

 

Sept. 4 The Lives of Others; Germany (138 min.) 2006

Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police, or Stasi. Only a few citizens above suspicion, like renowned playwright Georg Dreyman, were permitted to lead private lives. But when a corrupt government official falls for Georg's stunning girlfriend, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to collect incriminating evidence against Georg. What he discovers dramatically changes their lives. In German with English subtitles. Rated R

 

Sept. 11 Footnote; Israel (106 min.) 2011

This is a tale of a great rivalry between a father and a son, both dedicated Talmudic scholars. The father is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment while the son is an up-and-coming star who feeds on accolades and endless recognition. Then one day the tables turn... In Hebrew with English subtitles. Rated PG

 

Oct. 2 A Separartion; Iran (123 min.) 2011

In this extraordinary film from Iran, a happily-married husband and wife are headed for divorce. Simin wants a better life for her daughter in another country, while Nader wants to stay in Tehran to care for his ailing father. When his wife leaves him, Nader, a middle-class banker, hires a day nurse to help deal with his father. But when he discovers that the new woman has been lying to him, Nader realizes more is on the line than his marriage. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In Persian with English subtitles. Rated PG-13

 

Oct. 9 Alois Nebel; Czech Republic (84 min.) 2011

Inspired by classic fim noir and rendered in mesmerizing black-and-white rotoscope animation, this dark-hearted drama traces the haunted memories and mysterious visions of a troubled train dispatcher through the shifting cultural and political landscape in the waning days of the Cold War. Based on the comic book trilogy that was the first modern graphic novel published in the Czech Republic. In Czech with English subtitles. Not Rated

 

Nov. 6 Where Do We Go Now?; Lebanon (110 min.) 2011

Set in a remote village where the church and mosque stand side by side, this film follows the antics of the town's women in their efforts to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. The women, heartsick over losing sons, fathers, and husbands to previous conflicts, unite to distract their men with clever ruses, including the faking of a miracle.
In Arabic with English subtitles. Rated PG-13

 

Nov. 13 The Skin I Live In; Spain (117 min.) 2011

A plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) is haunted by personal tragedies. After many years, he finally perfects a new skin – a shield that would have prevented the accidental death of his wife years earlier. He perfects his new skin on a mysterious captive whose true identity masks a shocking mystery. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R

 

Dec. 4 Waking Ned Devine; Ireland (91 min.) 1998

When Ned Devine, from the tiny Irish hamlet of Tullymore, discovers he has won the national lottery, the shock kills him. Two friends discover the body and, deciding that Ned would want them to inherit his new fortune, they come up with a scheme to claim the ticket. Their plan necessitates the involvement of all the townsfolk and the ability to convince the proper authorities that Ned has not passed on. In English. Rated PG

 

Jan. 15 Beat the Drum; South Africa (114 min.) 2003

A young, orphaned boy sets out for the big city to find his uncle after a mysterious illness strikes his village. Driven by his determination to survive and his growing social awareness, he finds a way to make an honest living and returns to his village with a truth and understanding his elders have failed to grasp. This is an emotional and timely drama reminding us how one small voice can be the brave start of a colossal change - uniting a village, a township, and even a nation.
In English. Not Rated

 

Jan. 22 The Clay Bird; Bangladesh (107 min.) 2009

A shy boy from rural East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) is sent away to an ultra-orthodox Madrasah school. Detached from his friends, family, and the vibrant Hindu festivities of his hometown, he is pulled into a showdown between moderate and extremist forces at his school. In Bengali with English subtitles. Not rated

 

Feb. 5 Animal Kingdom; Australia (113 min.) 2010

Evil is relative in this chilling tale of betrayal and blood. When his mother dies from a overdose, 17-year-old Josh Cody is taken in by his grandmother and uncles, the most notorious criminal gang in the city. So when tensions between the Codys and a squad of renegade cops land Josh at the center of a cold-blooded murder plot, he is forced to choose between his treacherous family and the lawless police in this shattering thriller. In English. Rated R

 

Feb. 12 Mozart's Sister; France (120 min.) 2011

A dramatized account of the early life of Maria Anna Nannerl Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe. Approaching marriageable age, and now forbidden to play the violin or compose, Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed on her gender. But a friendship with the son and daughter of Louis XV offers her ways to challenge the established sexual and social order. In French with English subtitles. Not rated

 

Mar. 5 A Touch of Spice; Greece (75 min.) 2010

A story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor, teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. Thirty-five years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; he travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life.
In Greek with English subtitles. Not Rated

 

Mar. 12 The Women on the 6th Floor; France (104 min.) 2010

Set in 1960s Paris, this upstairs-downstairs comedy tells the tale of a bourgeoisie landlord Jean-Louis and his wife. The stuffy man rents apartments to a number of maids from Spain, including his own servants, whom he treats like second-class citizens. That all changes when the new maid, Maria, arrives, whose presence awakens Jean-Louis's primal side and makes him realize that the women on the sixth floor are actual people. In French and Spanish with English subtitles. Not rated

 

Apr. 2 Dating a Vampire; China (91 min.) 2006

A horror comedy about two med students who meet three sisters, their neighbors in an apartment building, and the problems that erupt when the women are discovered to be vampires. One of the students is eyed for an upcoming underground marriage. Can these vampires be stopped? In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles. Not rated

 

Apr. 9 Possible Loves; Brazil (105 min.) 2001

After being stood up by his girlfriend and left alone in a movie theater, a college student, Carlos, begins to imagine what his life will be like in 15 years and how his girlfriend, Julia, will figure into it. Director Sandra Wernock presents three different scenarios: in the first, Carlos is a divorced, out-of-closet gay man, much to the annoyance of ex-wife, Julia; the second finds Carlos still living at home with his domineering mother and meeting Julia unexpectedly through a dating service; and in the third, Carlos is an unhappily married man whose life changes after running into his old flame, Julia. This thoroughly original story was awarded the Latin American Cinema Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Not rated

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