Foreign Film Series – Spring 2016

February 16, 2016

The Desert Ark (Algeria/France – 1997)

Still from the film: The Desert Ark

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet in the Algerian desert, The Desert Ark gives viewers an inside look at the world of the Tuareg people. Myriam has been promised in an arranged marriage. When she falls in love with Amin, family honors must be satisfied.

In Arabic with English subtitles.
Director: Mohamed Chouikh, 90 minutes

 

February 23, 2016

The Pirogue (Senegal/France – 2012)

Still from the film: The Pirogue

The exodus of desperate North Africans in boats, hoping to reach Europe, is currently a front page topic, but La Pirogue shows us it is not a new phenomenon. La Pirogue focuses on thirty men aboard a small fishing boat, willing to risk the perils at sea and those that might follow.

In French and Wolof with English subtitles.
Director: Moussa Touré, 87 minutes

 

March 1, 2016

If You Don't, I Will (Canada – 2014)

Still from the film: If You Don't, I Will

Pomme (Emmanuelle Devos) and Pierre (Mathieu Almaric) have been a couple for a long time, and they annoy each other constantly. During a troubled hiking trip, Pomme decides to stay on alone in the woods, hoping to find some answers, while Pierre returns home alone, sure that Pomme will follow.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Sophie Fillières, 102 minutes.

 

March 8, 2016

Amour Fou (Austria, Luxembourg – 2014)

Still from the film: Amour Fou

Inspired by historical events, Amour Fou is the story of the melancholy Heinrich van Kleist, a young poet in Romantic-era Berlin, who decides the only way to escape his despair is through suicide. Looking for a woman to accompany him on this final journey, he meets and persuades Henrietta Vogel, a fan.

In German with English subtitles.
Director: Jessica Hausner, 96 minutes

 

March 22, 2016

Love Me (Turkey, Ukraine – 2013)

Still from the film: Love Me

When Cemal, an inexperienced and naïve young man from Turkey, accompanies his uncle on a business trip to Ukraine and meets Sasha at a nightclub, everything changes for them. Although language and culture divide them, an unexpectedly genuine relationship grows from this unlikely meeting.

In Turkish with English subtitles.
Director: Maryna Gorbach, 90 minutes

 

March 29, 2016

Second Coming (U.K. – 2014)

Still from the film: Second Coming

Second Coming follows the lives of Jackie and Mark, busy and hard-working parents whose marriage fills with tension when Jackie discovers that, although she and Mark have not been intimate for some time, she is inexplicably pregnant.

In English with captions.
Director: Debbie Tucker Green, 105 minutes

 

April 5, 2016

Secrets of War (Netherlands – 2014)

Still from the film: Secrets of War

Lambert and Tuur are best friends, living in a small Dutch village during World War II. Unaware that Lambert's father is a collaborator and Tuur's father is working with the resistance, their friendship is tested with the arrival of Maartje, a new girl in town.

In Dutch with English subtitles.
Director: Dennis Bots, 95 minutes

 

April 12, 2016

All the Mornings in the World (France – 1991)

Still from the film: All the Mornings in the World

This film combines the fervor of passionate music making and young love in 17th century France in the story of cellist Marin Marais learning at the hands of teacher/composer Sainte-Colombe.  Gerard Depardieu and his son Guillaume star as a musician in different stages of life, who must choose between his devotion to his instructor, his love for this instructor's daughter, and his art.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Alain Corneau, 110 minutes

 

April 19, 2016

To Kill a Man (Chile – 2014)

Still from the film: To Kill a Man

Taking justice into one's own hands is a familiar theme that crosses many cultures and languages. To Kill a Man tells the story of Jorge, a man whose peaceful life is transformed and ultimately pushed towards violence by repeated attacks against himself and his children.

In Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, 81 minutes

 

April 26, 2016

The Seventh Seal (Sweden – 1957)

Still from the film: The Seventh Seal

Bergman's powerful allegory of man's search for meaning in life is stunningly visualized. A knight, upon return from the Crusades, plays chess with Death while the Plague ravages medieval Europe. With Max von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Bibi Andersson.

In Swedish with English subtitles.
Director: Ingmar Bergman, 96 minutes

 

May 3, 2016

Wondrous Boccaccio (Italy – 2015)

Still from the film: Wondrous Boccaccio

Based on Boccaccio's masterpiece, ten young men and women escape to the countryside from plague-stricken 14th century Florence, where they spend their days telling stories of tragedy, greed, and love.

In Italian with English subtitles.
Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 120 minutes

 

Sponsors

The Foreign Film Series is sponsored by:

  • Wilkens Library
  • Department of Arts and Communication
  • Department of Language and Literature

For more information call Cindy Pavlos: 508.362.2131 x4453.

Individuals requiring auxiliary needs or services to access this event may contact the O'Neill Center for Disability Services, 508.362.2131 x4337.

 

Time: Tuesdays at 3:30pm
Location: Lecture Hall A – Science Building

FREE and open to all!