Foreign Film Series – Spring 2015

February 3, 2015
Lady Sings the Blues
(USA – 1972)

Still from the film: Lady Sings the Blues

Diana Ross breathes life into this biopic of the tragic life of Billie Holiday. The film follows Holiday's early days of poverty and working in a whorehouse to her big break, years at the top, drug problems, and eventual downfall. Roger Ebert writes, "… I was left with a feeling of complete confidence in a dramatic performance. This was one of the great performances of 1972."

In English.
Director: Sidney J. Furie, 144 minutes

 

February 10, 2015
Bird
(USA – 1988)

Still from: Bird

Charlie "Bird" Parker grew up in love with jazz and his talent earned him almost overnight acceptance in that world, where, Roger Ebert writes, "hotel rooms are home, where work is play, and everything else is work." Forest Whitaker plays Parker, whose music linked the swing era with the modern jazz of the 1950s.

In English.
Director: Clint Eastwood, 160 minutes

 

February 17, 2015
Marley
(UK – 2012)

Still from the film: Marley

This biography of Bob Marley combines a wealth of previously unseen film and video footage. Using a chronological timeline, it first introduces the viewer to the rural landscape of Jamaica that shaped Marley's childhood – and follows him through stadium concerts to the important cultural icon he became. It is notable that all members of Marley's scattered family agreed to the film and granted rights to use his music.

In English.
Director: Kevin MacDonald, 144 minutes

 

February 24, 2015
Ray
(USA – 2004)

Still from the film: Ray

Jamie Foxx plays the magnificent Ray Charles, who went blind at the age of nine and grew up so attuned to sound that he never used a cane or a dog. Charles was involved with production of this film until a few months before his death and filmmakers had full access to his recordings, giving film viewers a lush soundtrack.

In English.
Director: Taylor Hackford, 152 minutes

 

March 3, 2015
Grigris
(France and Chad – 2013)

Still from the film: Grigris

Grigri just wants to dance, and although he is a whirlwind of motion on the dance floor, he also has a severely limiting handicap. Unexpected hospital bills pressure him to find cash quickly, and he gets pulled into the underworld and smuggling. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and won an award for cinematography.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 101 minutes

 

March 10, 2015
For a Woman
(France – 2013)

Still from the film: For a Woman

After her mother's death, Anne, a writer, discovers old photos and letters that lead her to look closely at her mother's and father's lives. Her parents met in a concentration camp during WWII and then moved to France to rebuild their lives. Anne's discoveries point her towards a family secret from their past.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Diane Kurys, 110 minutes.

 

March 24, 2014
Tanta Agua
(Uruguay – 2013)

Still from the film: Tanta Aqua

When Lucia and Federico's father picks them up from their mother for a short vacation at a thermal spring, nothing goes as planned. The never-ending rain has closed the springs and their father insists on quality family time, even though there is little to do. All three struggle with the distance growing between them.

In Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, 102 minutes

 

March 31, 2015
In the Name Of
(Poland – 2012)

Still from the film: In the Name Of

Father Adam heads a residential hostel for delinquent teens in the Polish countryside. The daily routine consists of manual labor and evening football matches. Adam forms a relationship with a local young man and struggles to reconcile his faith, responsibilities, and sexuality.

In Polish with English subtitles.
Director: Małgośka Szumowska, 102 minutes

 

April 7, 2015
The Iran Job
(Canada – 2012)

Still from the film: The Iran Job

When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a one year job to play for A.S. Shiraz, Iran's super league team, his expectations are not high. But his unlikely friendship with three Iranian women gives him an insight into Iranian life that introduces him to their rich and complex culture.

In English and Persioan with English subtitles.
Director: Till Schauder, 90 minutes

 

April 14, 2015
The Road Home
(China – 1999)

Still from the film: The Road Home

Renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou tells a romantic story within a story in The Road Home. As a son helps his mother arrange for the funeral of his father in the traditional Chinese manner, the story of his parents' meeting and courtship emerges and the son learns that his parents married for love.

In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Director: Yimou Zhang, 89 minutes

 

April 21, 2015
Amen
(France – 2002)

Still from the film: Amen

Based on historical records, Amen reflects on the horrors of WWII through the story of Kurt Gerstein, who helped to develop the Zyklon B gas. Gerstein becomes aware of how his invention is being used and he reaches out to the Catholic Church for help, hoping that the Pope and others can intervene to stop the slaughter of the Jews.

In English and French with English subtitles.
Director: Constantin Costa-Gavras, 132 minutes

 

April 28, 2015
Salvo
(Canada – 2013)

Still from the film: Salvo

A ruthless Sicilian hit man finds his humanity when he confronts young Rita, a blind young woman who has witnessed the killing of her brother. As Salvo decides whether to spare her life, both their lives are irrevocably changed.

In Italian with English subtitles.
Director: Fabio Grassadonia, 104 minutes

 

May 5, 2015
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
(Taiwan – 2013)

Still from the film: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Weichung, married and a father, is confronted with his own confused sexual identity when his wife wants to have a second baby. He meets an old friend who is living the freer life of a single gay man and flirts with the prospect of another way of life.

In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Director: Arvin Chen, 106 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!