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: Something the Lord Made

February 19, 2019
Something the Lord Made
(USA – 2004)

Dr. Alfred Blalock and his lab technician, Vivien Thomas, pioneered surgical techniques in the 1940s that saved the lives of blue babies and led to modern heart bypass surgery. Something the Lord Made tracks the close relationship between Blalock, a cardiac surgeon, and Thomas, a toolmaker with a gift for surgery and no college degree.

In English.
Director: Joseph Sargent, 110 minutes
 

Still from the film: I Am Not a Witch

February 26, 2019
I Am Not a Witch
(Zambia/UK – 2017)

Winner of the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut film, I Am Not a Witch takes place in present-day Zambia. Nine year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft and exiled to a witch camp, where she is tied to the ground with a white ribbon and told she will turn into a goat if she tries to escape.

In English and Nyanja with English subtitles.
Director: Rungano Nyoni, 93 minutes
 

Still from the film: In Between

March 5, 2019
In Between
(Israel – 2016)

Leila, Salma, and Nour are three young Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Mostly freed from the constraints of their far-away families, they still have to deal with the awkwardness of being Arabs in Israel and the personal conflicts that arise navigating traditional and modern culture.

In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud, 103 minutes
 

Still from the film: Persepolis

March 19, 2019
Persepolis
(Iran/France – 2007)

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in an Iran that exists no longer. With the fall of the Shah, life in Iran changed dramatically, particularly for spirited young women. Persepolis is Marjane’s coming-of-age story, initially told in the format of two graphic novels, and now as an animated film.

In French and Persian with English subtitles.
Director: Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, 96 minutes
 

Still from the film: Over the Limit

March 26, 2019
Over the Limit
(Poland – 2017)

Over the Limit gives the audience a close-up look into the intense world of competitive Russian rhythmic gymnastics. Gymnast Rita Mamun has one last goal before she retires, to win Olympic gold, but she is subjected to such intense pressure, physical and mental, that she almost questions her goal.

In Russian with English subtitles.
Director: Marta Prus, 73 minutes
 

Still from the film: In Syria

April 2, 2019
In Syria
(Lebanon – 2017)

Barricaded inside a Damascus apartment with the civil war raging around them, a family struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy with routines of chores, eating, and studies. But this normal life is shattered when one of the sons slips out to meet a contact who will help him and his family escape to Lebanon.

In Arabic with English subtitles.
Director: Philippe Van Leeuw, 86 minutes
 

Still from the film: Un Traductor

April 9, 2019
Un Traductor
(Cuba/Canada – 2018)

Malin is an instructor of Russian literature at the University of Havana, but in 1989 he is reassigned to the children’s ward of a local hospital as a translator. The patients are seriously ill Russian children, victims of the Chernobyl disaster, and Malin becomes involved with the children on the ward. Historically, Cuban hospitals treated 20,000 patients through this program.

In Spanish and Russian with English subtitles.
Director: Sebastián Barriuso Gonzalez-Mora/Rodrigo Barriuso Gonzalez-Mora, 107 minutes
 

Still from the film: Back to Burgandy

April 16, 2019
Back to Burgandy
(France – 2017)

When his father falls ill, Jean returns to his hometown in Burgundy, with no intention of staying. He joins his brother and sister as they figure out how to move forward with the family home and vineyards. Back to Burgundy follows them through the next year. As filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola once said, “wine tells a story.”

In French with English subtitles.
Director: Cédric Klapisch, 113 minutes
 

Still from the film: Paradise

April 23, 2019
Paradise
(Russia – 2016)

The lives and fates of Olga, a Russian countess; Helmut, a German SS officer; and Jules, a French Nazi collaborator, are wound together in Paradise. Director and screenwriter Andrei Konchalovsky films in stunning black and white, examining the morally complex choices made during a time of war.

In Russian, French, and German with English subtitles.
Director: Andrei Konchalovsky, 132 minutes
 

Still from the film: Bye, Bye, Germany

April 30, 2019
Bye, Bye, Germany
(Germany – 2017)

Set in the immediate postwar days of 1946, David Bermann and his friends go into business together in Frankfurt to save money to emigrate to the United States. All six are survivors of the Holocaust. They decide to go door-to-door, selling fine household linens to German housewives. Trouble begins when David comes to the attention of a U.S. military intelligence office.

In German and English with English subtitles.
Director: Sam Garbarski, 102 minutes
 

Sponsors

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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