Foreign Film Series – Spring 2014

January 28, 2014
The Deflowering of Eva Van End
(Netherlands – 2012)

Still from the film: The Deflowering of Eva Van End

The dysfunctional members of the van End family must reexamine their lives when 15-year old Eva invites Veit, a German exchange student, to stay with them. Veit's sincerity and kindness show up each member of the self-involved van End family.

In Dutch, English, and German with English subtitles
Director: Michiel Ten Horn, 98 minutes


February 4, 2014
Nelson Mandela: The Life and Times
(USA – 2010)

Still from: Nelson Mandela: The Life and Times

This documentary covers Nelson Mandela's early life, imprisonment, and freedom as well as his years as South Africa's president, world leader, and the winner of the Nobel Prize. Featuring interviews of friends, family, fellow prisoners, and F.W. de Klerk.

In English.
Director: Justin Chadwick, 102 minutes


February 11, 2014
Cry the Beloved Country
(USA – 1995)

Still from the film: Cry, the Beloved Country

Based on the classic novel by Alan Paton, Cry illustrates the anguish of South Africa during the years of apartheid through the story of two men, one white and one black, brought together by the fate of their sons. Starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.

In English.
Director: Darrell Roodt, 106 minutes


February 18, 2014
(USA – 2009)

Still from the film: Invictus

The universal language of sport and the fervor of the 1995 Rugby World cup, hosted by South Africa, help the newly elected Nelson Mandela bring his divided country together. Morgan Freeman (Mandela) and Matt Damon (rugby captain Francois Pienaar) were both nominated for Academy Awards.

In English.
Director: Clint Eastwood, 134 minutes


February 25, 2014
Winnie Mandela
(USA – 2011)

Still from the film: Winnie Mandela

Jennifer Hudson plays the young Winnie, Mandela's wife, who tries to carry on her husband's work with the anti-apartheid movement when he is jailed. His non-violent approach becomes increasingly difficult to follow as the movement is repeatedly attacked by the South African government.

In English and Xhosa, with English subtitles.
Director: Darrell Roodt, 108 minutes


March 4, 2014
Off White Lies
(Israel – 2011)

Still from the film: Off White Lies

Nominated for Best Film by the Israeli Film Academy, Off White Lies follows a difficult father-daughter relationship developing against the backdrop of the Israeli-Lebanese war of 2006. Fourteen year old Libi is sent to visit her father, Shaul, who is currently unemployed and homeless. They impersonate war refugees and are taken in by a family.

In Hebrew and English with English subtitles.
Director: Maya Kenig, 86 minutes.


March 11, 2014
(Turkey – 2012)

Still from the film: Watchtower

Haunted by a tragedy, Nihat isolates himself by working as a fire warden in a remote observation tower. He meets Seher, who is also trying to escape a past she cannot talk about. Their search for peace and solitude in the misty Turkish mountains initially brings them together, but the weight of their past separates them.

In Turkish with English subtitles.
Director: Pelin Esmer, 100 minutes


March 25, 2014
Three Worlds
(France – 2012)

Still from the film: Three Worlds

Al is just a few weeks away from his wedding and an important job promotion when he hits and seriously injures Adrian, a pedestrian. His friends in the car urge him to leave the scene of the accident. Al's world collides with those of Juliette, who witnessed the accident from her window, and Véra, Adrian's wife.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Catherine Corsini, 101 minutes


April 1, 2014
Wild Strawberries
(Sweden – 1957)

Still from the film: Wild Strawberries

One of the great films of Ingmar Bergman, with Victor Sjostrom as the aged Stockholm professor who recollects his past experiences and becomes aware, for the first time, of his failings and short-comings. With Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand.

In Swedish with English subtitles.
Director: Ingmar Bergman, 95 minutes


April 8, 2014
Waking Ned Devine
(Ireland – 1998)

Still from the film: Waking Ned Devine

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. A charming comedy with plenty of Irish color.

In English.
Director: Kirk Jones, 91 minutes


April 15, 2014
(UK – 2006)

Still from the film: Venus

Maurice, a 73-year old actor infatuated by Jessie, a 20-year old woman, would seem to be a story without much future, but there is both depth and humor when that lecherous old man is played by the fabulous Peter O'Toole. O'Toole was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild award for his performance in Venus.

In English.
Director: Roger Michell, 95 minutes


April 22, 2014
Away from Her
(UK/Canada – 2006)

Still from the film: Away from Her

Grant and Fiona have been married for 44 years. When Fiona shows symptoms of Alzheimer’s, they make the decision for Fiona to enter a long-term care facility with a policy of no visitors for the first month. Grant, eager to see Fiona, is shocked by the changes he finds in his wife and in their relationship.

In English with closed captions.
Director: Sarah Polley, 110 minutes


April 29, 2014
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
(USA – 2011)

Still from the film: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Seven English seniors come together in Jaipur, India, intrigued by an appealing ad for a resort "for the elderly and beautiful." They arrive at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to find it both much less – and much more – than they had anticipated. Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, and Dev Patel.

In English.
Director: John Madden, 124 minutes

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!

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