Stills from films in the spring 2022 series

International Film Series

Virtual Viewing and Discussion

How to participate

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.

If interested in participating in the virtual International Film series, contact Cindy Pavlos at and you will receive the weekly Zoom link for the discussion.

Spring 2022 Schedule

Still from the film: Xenia

Xenia | Greece | 2014

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Xenia follows two young brothers in search of their birth father across the colorful landscape of Greece. Dany, 16, leaves Crete to find his brother Odysseus who lives in Athens and they journey to Thessaloniki where they think their father is living. When the handsome Odysseus isn't protecting his daydreaming, gay younger brother, he auditions for the television talent show Greek Star where he pursues his fantasy of becoming a singing star. A comic and touching road trip of two brothers connecting and searching for their dreams.

Director(s): Panos Koutras | 130 minutes | Greek with English subtitles

Still from the film: An Uncommon Woman

An Uncommon Woman | Burkina Faso | 2009

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Mina is tired of her husband's infidelity and decides to take a drastic decision: She takes a second husband. Based on the director’s conversations with women involved in polygamist relationships, he illustrates – to very funny effects – the daily life of two persons – in this case two men – who share a spouse. On a comedic tone, Abdoulaye Dao tells a story of jealousy, infidelity, romance, and revenge.

Director(s): Dao Abdoulaye | 108 minutes | French with English subtitles

Still from the film: Bamako

Bamako | Mali | 2006

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

An extraordinary trial is taking place in a residential courtyard in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. African citizens have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), whom civil society blames for perpetuating Africa's debt crisis, at the hear of so many of the continent's woes. As numerous trial witnesses air bracing indictments against the global economic machinery that haunts them, life in the courtyard presses forward. Mele, a lounge singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up; a security guard's gun goes missing; a young man lies ill; a wedding procession passes through; and women keep everything rolling.

Director(s): Abderrahmane Sissak | 117 minutes | Bambara and French with English subtitles

Still from the film: Moonlight

Moonlight | USA | 2016

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Moonlight is a moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.

Director(s): Barry Jenkins | 111 minutes | English with subtitles

Still from the film: An Act of Defiance

An Act of Defiance | South Africa | 2018

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men.

Director(s): Jean van de Velde | 124 minutes | English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

Still from the film: Seven Beauties

Seven Beauties | Italy | 1975

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director (making Lina Wertmuller the first woman to be bestowed the honor), Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso. A petty thief who lives off the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes.

Director(s): Lina Wertmüller | 117 minutes | Italian with English subtitles

Still from the film: Polina

Polina | France/Russia | 2016

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level. Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival.

Director(s): Angelin Preljocaj, Valérie Müller | 109 minutes | French and Russian with English subtitles

Still from the film: The Sower

The Sower | France | 2017

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Marine Francen's debut is a sensual, visually stunning historical romance. In 1851, France's autocratic President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte has ordered the arrest of all the men of a remote mountain farming village following a Republican uprising. The women spend years in total isolation, forced to tend the crops themselves. Some women have lost their husbands; others, like the shy but inwardly strong Violette, suddenly have no chance of experiencing physical love or motherhood. The women take an oath: if a man comes, they will share him as a lover. When a mysterious and handsome stranger arrives, he ignites passions and jealousies that threaten to destroy the tight-knit community

Director(s): Marine Francen | 99 minutes | French with English subtitles

Still from the film: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit | Germany | 2019

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

From Academy Award winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) comes an adaptation of acclaimed British author Judith Kerr's classic novel based on her childhood memories. The story of a Jewish family's escape from 1933 Berlin tackles prejudice, exile, displacement and adaptation, as told from the perspective of the author's alter ego, nine-year-old Anna Kemper. Anna is too busy with schoolwork and friends to notice Hitler's face glaring from posters plastered all over 1933 Berlin. But when her father – based on the prominent theater critic Alfred Kerr – suddenly vanishes, the family is secretly hurried out of Germany. Anna begins to understand life will never be the same as she and her family navigate unfamiliar lands and cope with the challenges of being refugees.

Director(s): Caroline Link | 120 minutes | German with English subtitles

Still from the film: Smak Pho (The Taste of Pho)

Smak Pho (The Taste of Pho) | Poland/Vietnam | 2019

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

A Warsaw-based Vietnamese cook struggles to fit into the European culture, which his ten-year-old daughter has already embraced as her own. A story about love and misunderstanding.

Director(s): Mariko Bobrik | 83 minutes | Polish and Vietnamese with English subtitles

Still from the film: Jauja

Jauja | Patagonia | 2015

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

An astonishingly beautiful and gripping Western starring Viggo Mortensen, Jauja (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the late 1800s.  Captain Gunnar Dinesen has come from abroad with his fifteen-year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory, against his men's wishes, to find the young couple.

Director(s): Lisandro Alonso | 111 minutes | Danish and Spanish with English subtitles

Still from the film: One Thousand Rupee Note

One Thousand Rupee Note | India | 2014

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Budhi, a widow lives in a small village in Maharashtra, India. Her only son, a young farmer, has committed suicide. Though poor and left alone in the world, she leads a cheerful life. She is particularly fond of her neighbor, young Sudama, with whom she shares the small pleasures of life. A local politician gives her a few 1000-rupee notes at an election rally. She and Sudama go shopping to the nearby market with her newfound wealth, but fate has other plans for them.

Director(s): Shrihari Sathe | 90 minutes | Marathi with English subtitles

Still from the film: Pop Aye

Pop Aye | Thailand | 2017

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters, including a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut.

Director(s): Kirsten Tan | 102 minutes | Thai with English subtitles

Still from the film: Mid-August Lunch

Mid-August Lunch | Italy | 2008

Zoom Discussion Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

An utterly charming tale of good food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships during a very Roman holiday. Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager's mother, all will be forgiven. Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow. Can Gianni keep these lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters?

Director(s): Gianni de Gregorio | 73 minutes | Italian with English subtitles