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: A Man Called Ove

November 13, 2018
A Man Called Ove
(Sweden – 2015)

Based on the best-selling Swedish novel by Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove is full of moments that bring both laughter and tears. Ove, a curmudgeon, is bereft without his beloved wife and eager to join her. As the self-appointed inspector of his housing area, he makes life miserable for his neighbors, although the new Iranian family keeps trying to befriend him.

In Swedish with English subtitles.
Director: Hannes Holm, 116 minutes

Still from the film: The Paris Opera

November 20, 2018
The Paris Opera
(France/Switzerland – 2017)

Director Jean-Stéphane Bron takes the viewer behind the scenes to experience a year in the life of one of the world’s foremost performing arts institutions, the Paris Opera. A new artistic director, rehearsals for nine operas and eight ballets, strikes, crises, a terrorist attack, and a live bull are all part of the fabric of life backstage at the Opera. Meet the real people who make sure “the show goes on.”

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron, 111 minutes

Still from the film: Whale Rider

November 27, 2018
Whale Rider
(New Zealand – 2003)

Like many tribal societies, the Maoris of New Zealand are patriarchal; the concept of a female ruler goes against tradition. Young Pai, by birth, should be the next chieftain, but she must first prove herself to her grandfather, Koro. Whale Rider is the story of Pai’s uphill battle to prove she has the courage, strength and fortitude to take over the tribal leadership. Full of humor and deep emotion, this is an uplifting film that questions the ultimate survival of Maoris in modern culture.

In English and Maori with English subtitles.
Director: Niki Caro, 105 minutes

Still from the film: Harmonium

December 4, 2018
(Japan – 2016)

When Koshio’s old friend Yasaka arrives, recently released from jail, his presence throws the usual family routine into disarray. As reviewer Simon Abrams observes, “They talk to him in a matter-of-fact tone for fear that something violent and abrupt will happen if they otherwise treat him like a threat.” Harmonium is a study of mood and the characters are reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock film.

In Japanese with English subtitles.
Director: Koji Fukada, 118 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

Individuals requiring auxiliary needs or services to access this event may contact the O'Neill Center for Student Access and Support, 774.330.4337.