Foreign Film Series – Fall 2014

September 9, 2014
2 Autumns, 3 Winters
(France – 2013)

Still from the film: 2 Autumns, 3 Winters

Arman, just turned 33, still doesn’t have it together. Seeking direction in his life, he takes up jogging, when he's not watching movies with Benjamin. On his first jog, he collides with Amelie, also searching for something more. The three form a tight trio.

In French with English subtitles
Director: Sébastien Betbeder, 93 minutes


September 16, 2014
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
(Italy – 1963)

Still from: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, awarded the 1964 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. The film includes three comedic vignettes, with Loren playing "Adelina of Naples," "Anna of Milan," and "Mara of Rome" – as Mastroianni takes the role of her lover.

In Italian with English subtitles.
Director: Vittorio de Sica, 120 minutes


September 23, 2014
(Italy – 1973)

Still from the film: Amarcord

Fellini's nostalgic, fantastic and funny reminiscence of growing up in his hometown of Rimini is one of his more personal and most touching films, made, he says, to finish with youth and tenderness.

In Italian with English subtitles.
Director: Federico Fellini, 127 minutes


September 30, 2014
Dangerous Moves
(France/Switzerland – 1984)

Still from the film: Dangerous Moves

This Academy Award winner harkens back to the famous 1972 chess match between Boris Spasky and Bobby Fischer that propelled chess onto the world stage. Akiva is the aging Soviet champion and Pavius a Soviet defector. The mind games and intrigue between the two echo the Cold War raging around them.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Richard Dembo, 95 minutes


October 7, 2014
Burnt by the Sun
(Russia – 1994)

Still from the film: Burnt by the Sun

Burnt by the Sun is a wonderfully intimate Chekhovian idyll set in Stalinist Russia which, at its conclusion, packs an explosive political climax. Director Nikita Mikhalkov plays a legendary revolutionary hero living with his family in a dacha outside Moscow. Most of the film's complex relationships are seen through the innocent eyes of Mikhalkov's beautiful daughter.

In Russian with English subtitles.
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov, 152 minutes


October 14, 2014
The Sea Inside
(Spain – 2004)

Still from the film: The Sea Inside

"I think that living is a right, not an obligation," wrote Ramon Sampedro, who broke his neck at 26. Sampedro lived in Galicia as a quadriplegic for 29 years and fought the legal establishment and the church for his right to die. The Sea Inside takes us into Ramon's confined world where, with the help of friends and family, he forced Spain and, later, the world, to examine its conscience.

In Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Alejandro Amenabar, 125 minutes.


October 21, 2014
Babette's Feast
(Denmark – 1987)

Still from the film: Babette's Feast

Adapted from the short story by Karen Blixen, Babette's Feast is also a feast for our senses. Cook-housekeeper Babette is fleeing the Paris uprising of 1871. Taken in by two stern, pious sisters, Babette prepares a seven-course feast to thank them for their hospitality. A miracle occurs and the uneducated palates of these stern old puritans are seduced by the glorious food. Filmed in the cold and lonely style of Scandinavian cinema.

In Danish with English subtitles.
Director: Gabriel Axel, 102 minutes


October 28, 2014
The Lunch Box
(India – 2013)

Still from the film: The Lunch Box

The white-jacketed dabbawallahs of Mumbai daily collect and deliver hundreds of thousands of tiered lunch boxes, rarely making a delivery mistake. But when Ila's lovingly prepared meals are delivered to the lonely Saajan, instead of to her husband, a friendship and innocent love affair begins between them.

In English and Hindi.
Director: Ritesh Batra, 104 minutes


November 4, 2014
(Japan – 1985)

Still from the film: Tampopo

Goro's search for the perfect noodle is a funny takeoff on the old spaghetti westerns. The movie has also been described as "Zen and the art of noodle-making," but Hal Hinson, film critic from the Washington Post, says it best: "It's half movie, half dessert-topping – a film gourmand's lusty dream."

In Japanese with English subtitles.
Director: Jûzô Itami, 114 minutes


November 18, 2014
Today's Special
(USA – 2009)

Still from the film: Today's Special

Samir's family, Indian immigrants, owns the rundown Tandoori Palace restaurant. Samir, seeking distance from his father, is an ambitious chef in a Manhattan restaurant. When his father suffers a heart attack, Samir's plans have to be put aside. He takes over the family business, although he doesn't cook Indian food. Today's Special is a strong addition to the "finding-family-through-food" film genre.

In English.
Director: David Kaplan, 99 minutes


November 25, 2014
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
(Taiwan – 1994)

Still from the film: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

A delicious examination of the relationship between an aging Chinese master chef and his three rebellious daughters. Eat Drink Man Woman explores the universal theme of the difficulties of communicating across the generation gap. Director Ang Lee treats us to characters full of texture and depth, with food providing a delectable backdrop that guarantees hunger pangs!

In Madarin with English subtitles.
Director: Ang Lee, 123 minutes


December 2, 2014
(France – 2011)

Still from the film: Aliyah

Alex, 27, is involved with drugs and dark deals in the streets of Paris, with only a vague sense of being a Jew. But when his cousin Nathan offers him an opportunity to partner in his Tel Aviv restaurant, the chance for a fresh start appeals. Alex first has to learn Hebrew, raise funds for the restaurant, and apply for "Aliyah," the return to the Holy Land.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Elie Wajeman, 90 minutes


December 9, 2014
Key of Life
(Japan – 2011)

Still from the film: Key of Life

Sakurai is an out-of-work actor, debt-ridden, and heartbroken. He can't even pull off his own suicide. He seizes the chance to switch identities when a well-to-do stranger in the bathhouse slips, hits his head and suffers amnesia. Only Sakurai's bad luck follows him into his new life.

In Japanese with English subtitles.
Director: Kenji Uchida, 128 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!