Foreign Film Series

Time: Tuesday at 3:30pm
Location: Lecture Hall A – Science Building
FREE CLASS and open to all! Walk-ins welcome!

Still from the film: Water

October 24, 2017
(India/Canada – 2005)

The third film in Deepa Mehta’s trilogy, Water focuses on the plight of widows in 1938-era India- a situation that still exists. Chuyia is only eight years old and already a widow, exiled to the ashram for widows. She is befriended there by Kalyani, a young and attractive widow who is being pimped to men by the head of the ashram. Water was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007.

In Hindi with English subtitles.
Director: Deepa Mehta, 117 minutes

Still from the film: El Norte

October 31, 2017
El Norte
(USA – 1983)

Although El Norte was filmed in 1983, it is as sadly fresh and relevant today as it was then. Two young Guatemalans, Rosa and Enrique, flee their village and begin the long and dangerous journey north through Mexico. But the “promised land” of Los Angeles proves far different from the images they have torn from old Good Housekeeping magazines.

In Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Gregory Nava, 139 minutes

Still from the film: Chocolat

November 7, 2017
(France – 2000)

When the serene and wise Vianne arrives in the village, blown there by “a sly wind from the north,” her chocolate shop soon becomes a sort of local healing center. Her magical confections inspire love and courage and nothing is ever again the same. Juliette Binoche stars in Chocolat, along with Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Alfred Molina.

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Lasse Hallström, 121 minutes

Still from the film: The Lunch Box

November 14, 2017
The Lunch Box
(India – 2013)

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

Still from the film: The 100-Foot Journey

November 21, 2017
The 100-Foot Journey
(USA/UAE/India – 2014)

When a car breakdown deposits the refugee Kadam family in a lovely village in the French Alps, they decide to stay and put down roots by opening a restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. There is immediate tension between them and Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), owner of the elegant Michelin-starred restaurant just a hundred feet away. Food, dreams, and cultures clash.

In English and French with English subtitles.
Director: Lasse Hallström, 122 minutes

Still from the film: Big Night

November 28, 2017
Big Night
(USA – 1996)

Primo and Secondo, recent immigrants and owners of the Paradise restaurant, hatch a plan to refloat their failing business. They will host the singer Louis Prima and his band. The brothers prepare the feast of a lifetime. As film critic Roger Ebert wrote, Big Night “is … about food as a language—the language by which one can speak to gods, can create, can seduce, can aspire to perfection.”

In English.
Director: Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci, 109 minutes

Still from the film: Afterimage

December 5, 2017
(Poland – 2006)

Afterimage, the great Wajda’s final film, is a biopic of the life of the artist, Wladyslsaw Strzeminski, considered Poland’s most renowned painter. An early scene of the artist ripping a hole in a banner of Stalin foreshadows Strzeminski’s fight with the Stalinist thought police and the artistic movement of “socialist realism” in the 1950s.

In Polish with English subtitles.
Director: Andrzej Wajda, 100 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: 774.330.4453

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