Foreign Film Series – Fall 2015

September 15, 2015

Traitors (Morocco – 2003)

Still from the film: Traitors

A rare film from Morocco focusing on the female world, Traitors is also the name of an all-girl rock band. Malika, their lead singer, looks for ways to earn enough money to make a demo tape, and ends up making a dangerous deal to drive a drug-laden car through the mountains.

In Arabic, French, and English with English subtitles.
Director: Sean Gullette, 84 minutes


September 22, 2015

Miss Potter (USA – 2006)

Still from: Miss Potter

Beatrix Potter, author of the beloved book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, grew up in the very proper and genteel world of late 1870's London. She published her first book in 1902 and fell in love with her editor, but her parents forbade their marriage. The strong-willed Potter rebelled against the conventions of her day.

In English with closed captions.
Director: Chris Noonan, 92 minutes


September 29, 2015

The Shop on Main Street (UK – 1965)

Still from the film: The Shop on Main Street

Set in Slovakia in WWII, The Shop on Main Street was part of the Czech New Wave film movement of the 1960's. Tono Brtko is a small town carpenter with no interest in politics. When his fascist brother-in-law appoints him controller of a small shop, run by Mrs. Lautmann, a senile Jewish widow, she thinks she has hired Tono.

In English.
Director: Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, 125 minutes


October 6, 2015

Dersu Uzala (Japan – 1975)

Still from the film: Dersu Uzala

Kurosawa's remarkable personal tale of the friendship between a wise old man and a young, Soviet explorer. Filmed in the beautiful expanse of Siberia, it is a unique story of man's unity with nature and a powerful testament to faith.

In Russian with English subtitles.
Director: Akira Kurosawa, 140 minutes


October 13, 2015

The Official Story (Argentina – 1985)

Still from the film: The Official Story

From director Luis Puenzo comes the critically acclaimed, emotionally powerful drama about an upper class Argentinean woman's involvement in the "disappeared" person movement. This film features Norma Aleandro and Hector Alterio in a compelling narrative with well-developed character studies.

In Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Luis Puenzo, 113 minutes.


October 20, 2015

Antonia's Line (Netherlands – 1995)

Still from the film: Antonia's Line

In this recasting of a story from the book of Genesis, an 88-year-old Dutchwoman recalls her past on the last day of her life, filled with colorful characters like a Russian midwife-undertaker, a Danish recluse, a mentally disabled girl, a village idiot and a mad Madonna who howls at the moon. Antonia's Line received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995.

In Dutch with English subtitles.
Director: Marleen Gorris, 105 minutes


October 27, 2015

Tsotsi (South Africa – 2005)

Still from the film: Tsotsi

Winner of the 2005 Best Foreign Film Oscar, Tsotsi is a story of crime and redemption set in the shantytowns of Johannesburg. One night, Tsotsi, a young gang leader, steals a woman's car and later discovers her baby in the back seat. What should he do with the baby? He is faced with an unexpected and difficult choice.

In Afrikaans, English and Zhosa with English subtitles.
Director: Gavin Hood, 95 minutes


November 3, 2015

The Lesson (Bulgaria – 2014)

Still from the film: The Lesson

The Lesson opens in Nadeshda’s classroom, where she tries to resolve a petty crime between her students. Her home life echoes a similar theme; her husband has emptied the household budget of funds meant to pay down the family debt, leaving the family in a desperate situation.

In Bulgarian with English subtitles.
Director: Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, 105 minutes


November 10, 2015

Jean de Florette (France – 1986)

Still from the film: Jean de Florette

A marvelous tale of greed and intolerance from the novel by Pagnol about a city hunchback who inherits a valuable piece of property in rural France only to have his efforts thwarted by the villainy of his venal neighbor. With Gerard Depardieu, Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu and Ernestine Mazurownas as little Manon.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Claude Berri, 122 minutes


November 17, 2015

Manon of the Springs (France – 1986)

Still from the film: Manon of the Springs

Emmanuel Beart is the grown-up, revenge-seeking daughter of the kindly hunchback who was destroyed by the greed of his neighbors. Yves Montand and his nephew Daniel Auteuil learn the awful truth of their villainy in the conclusion of a classic tale of misinformation and retribution. From the novel by Marcel Pagnol.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Claude Berri, 113 minutes


November 24, 2015

The Edge of Heaven (Germany/Turkey – 2007)

Still from the film: The Edge of Heaven

Switching between the backdrops and cultures of Turkey and Germany, The Edge of Heaven focuses on three parents and their children in a film that, according to critic James Berardinelli, "structurally echoes films like Babel and is a cousin to  Kieslowski's films."

In Germany and English with English subtitles.
Director: Fatih Akin, 116 minutes


December 1, 2015

Transsiberian (USA – 2008)

Still from the film: Transsiberian

The Transsiberian Express, travelling between Beijing and Moscow, serves as the setting for this tense thriller starring Emily Mortimer, Woody Harrelson, Kate Mara, and Ben Kingsley. Critic Roger Ebert warns, "This is one of those trips after which you post dire warnings on the internet—if you survive."

In English with closed captions.
Director: Brad Anderson, 111 minutes


December 8, 2015

Assassination Tango (USA – 2003)

Still from the film: Assassination Tango

Robert Duvall stars as John Anderson, an aging hitman on his final job, in this intense film that drifts towards the assassination of an Argentinian general – while Anderson is drawn into the stylized and passionate world of the tango.

In English with closed captions.
Director: Robert Duvall, 113 minutes



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!