Access the films through the Kanopy film streaming service. Kanopy is available through the Boston Public Library's ecard program and many local public libraries (Sandwich, Mashpee, Woods Hole, Wellfleet, P-Town). If your local public library doesn't offer Kanopy, all residents of Massachusetts can register for a BPL ecard.
Log in to your library account at any of these libraries, search for Kanopy and the current film, and watch it at your leisure before the Zoom discussion dates.
There will be a weekly Film Discussion, via Zoom, on Tuesdays from 4:00–5:00 pm.
If interested in participating in the virtual International Film series, contact Cindy Pavlos at email@example.com and you will receive the weekly Zoom link for the discussion.
Fall 2021 Schedule
Ixcanul | Guatemala | 2015
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles with unblinking realism a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people.
Director(s): Jayro Bustamante | 92 minutes | Kaqchikel and Spanish with English subtitles
The Cakemaker | Germany/Israel | 2017
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers regarding his death. Under a fabricated identity, Thomas infiltrates the life of Anat, his lover's newly widowed wife, who owns a small cafe in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her and create German cakes and cookies that bring life into her cafe. Thomas finds himself involved in Anat's life far beyond his anticipation. To protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return.
Director(s): Ofir Raul Graizer | 110 minutes | German and Hebrew with English subtitles
Luxor | UK/Egypt | 2020
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
When British aid worker Hana returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan, a talented archaeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present.
Director(s): Zeina Durra | 86 minutes | English with closed captions
Ilo Ilo | Singapore | 2014
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family – troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.
Director(s): Anthony Chen | 100 minutes | Chinese, Mandarin, and Tagalog with English subtitles
The Country Doctor | France | 2016
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
This social dramedy stars Francois Cluzet as a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-age woman who has come from the city hospital to earn her chops. Challenging each other with opposite views on medicine, the pair eventually bonds and learns from one another. Nominated for Best Actor (Francois Cluzet) at the Cesar Awards. Nominated for an Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Director(s): Thomas Lilti | 103 minutes | French with English subtitles
The Return | Russia | 2003
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, The Return is a mixture of psychological thriller and road movie, telling the story of two young brothers who must cope with the sudden and unexplained return of their father after a 12-year absence. The three embark on a road trip that becomes a background for self-discovery and the destruction of deeply rooted emotional investments. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes.
Director(s): Andrey Zvyagintsev | 111 minutes | Russian with English subtitles
35 Shots of Rum | France | 2008
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
From renowned director of High Life, Claire Denis' sublime 35 Shots of Rum is the moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor. Sumptuously filmed and featuring an evocative score, 35 Shots of Rum casts a unique spell. Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
Director(s): Claire Denis | 101 minutes | French with English subtitles
A Royal Affair | Denmark | 2012
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
A true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. An intriguing love triangle between the Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician and the young Queen Caroline Mathilde. Academy Award nominee.
Director(s): Nikolaj Arcel | 138 minutes | Danish with English subtitles
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night | Iran | 2014
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of hopelessness, where a lonely vampire stalks the town’s unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom … blood red.
The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.
Director(s): Ana Lily Amirpour | 101 minutes | Farsi with English subtitles
The Man Who Sold His Skin | Syria | 2021
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Sam seeks to escape the Syrian War, but in order to travel to Europe to reunite with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the world's most prominent contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2021 Academy Awards.
Director(s): Kaouther Ben Hania | 104 minutes | Arabic with English subtitles
Citizens of the World | Italy | 2019
Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Three retirees decide to move away from Rome to find a better standard of living in a country where their meager pensions will go that much further. Planning for the trip sees the trio trawl the pubs and restaurants of a sun saturated Rome and discover that even at an old age they can still learn one or two lessons about themselves and life.
Director(s): Gianni de Gregorio | 92 minutes | Italian with English subtitles