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Each semester, Cinema International presents films of every genre by the best and brightest directors from around the world. They are shown in the Curris Center Theater on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
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WITH A BIKE IFC
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
With Thomas Doret, Cécile De
France, Jéréme Renir,
with English subtitles, Rated PG-13, 87 Min.
of us are needy particularly when primordial needs go unfulfilled at
critical moments in our development. In the scenario from the
Dardenne brothers’ recent film about alienated children, a father
dumps his son, Cyril, in the boy’s home and promises to return for
him, but doesn’t. A bike and affirmation from others are what
Cyril vainly demands to fill the psychological void. The story is
moving and the sympathy genuine but never melodramatic. “Young
Thomas Doret fills the role with natural sincerity and focus, and not
a second that seems contrived.” Roger Ebert, Chicago
Winner of the 2011 Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.
GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD IFC
Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun Lee, Jung Woo-sung
English subtitles, Rated R, 130 Min.
far enough west and you’ll end up in the east, perhaps in a western
made in Korea. A kimchi Western? Why not? And it’s not too far
afield from its spaghetti western near namesake, The
Good, The Bad, The Ugly.
Three shady types on a train steam across Japanese-occupied
Manchuria. They are all after a map. Who is going to end up with it:
the black-suited bandit leader (the bad), the train robber (the
weird) or the bounty hunter (the good)? What does the map lead to?
Spaghetti western fans all know that it must lead to the final
showdown. “From the initial train holdup through a shanty town gun
battle to a 15 minute desert flatlands chase,” Kim’s movie
“maintains an ironic grin that leavens the heavy discharges of
Derek Elly, Variety
30, 31 FEB. 1
LONLIEST PLANET IFC
GERMANY 2011 2012
With Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina
English, Georgian, and Spanish with English subtitles,
Not Rated, 113 Min.
travel often makes us lose a sense of ourselves—who we truly are
and where we’re headed in life. No film in recent memory captures
this enigmatic feeling better than The
our Women Make Movies selection this spring. Featuring a pair of
travelling backpackers and lovers, played by Gael
and Hani Furstenberg, and set amidst remote pockets of Georgia in the
former Soviet Union, Julia Loktev’s film is “made
with an intoxicating and precise faith in the ability of images to
convey feelings that words would be too clumsy and blunt to
appropriately delineate.” Alison Willmore, Movieline
With Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy
English with subtitles, Rated PG-13, 144 Min.
know the unforgettable songs (“Buffalo Soldier,” “No Woman, No
Cry,” “Exodus”) but do we really know the man behind them?
Provided with unusual access to many of the major figures in Bob
Marley’s life, Kevin Macdonald’s astonishing (and rocking!)
documentary, our Black History Month feature, dishes up surprising
facts about Reggae’s unforgettable musical legend, as well as a
fascinating backstory about Jamaican politics and the transatlantic
scope of Rastafarianism, Marley’s chosen religion. While backed by
a blazing soundtrack, the film nevertheless remains “quietly
revelatory.” Ian Buckwalter, NPR
TOUCH OF SIN KOCH LORBER
Wu Jiang, Li Vivien, Luo Lanshan
with English subtitles, Not Rated , 133 Min.
neoliberal experiment has produced staggering economic growth, yet
often at the expense of the workers and citizens that prop it up.
Zhangke Jia’s latest--and perhaps most accessible--film attempts to
evoke something of this uneven development through four interlinked
stories. Marked by bursts of violence and nihilism, yet also
touched by Jia’s “elegant visual style,” the film ably
demonstrates how individuals living in contemporary China can be
pushed to their furthest limits. “What kind of society,” the
director asks, “does this to its people?” Kenneth Turan, Los
20 & FEB. 22 * (Thursday & Saturday Only)
OF THE BEEHIVE SONY 300
Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent
with English subtitles, Not Rated, 95 Min.
Erice’s landmark film offers us a haunting portrayal of spiritual
and physical desolation at the end of the Spanish Civil war (1940)
and the beginning of thirty-five years of Francoist dictatorship. We
see the world through the eyes of eight-year–old Ana, a girl who
searches aimlessly for meaning and gets little help from parents who
seem to know what it all means and have taken refuge in personal
obsessions. Then a truck screening motion pictures comes to Ana’s
isolated Castilian village, a truck projecting a censored version of
James Whale’s Frankenstein.
Ana sympathizes deeply with the monster and identifies his spirit
with a wounded fugitive of the regime she finds hiding in an
“This is one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen.” Roger
YEARS A SLAVE (Special One-Night Event) FOX SEARCHLIGHT
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender
on a true story about a journey from freedom to bondage and back,
Steve McQueen’s harrowing film is perhaps the most remarkable
portrait of American slavery ever produced. Please join us for this
special Black History Month event, co-sponsored by the Office of
Multicultural Affairs. A “film that necessity and education demand
seeing.” David Thomson, New
BROKEN CAMERAS KINO
ISRAEL, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS 2011
Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat
and Hebrew with English subtitles, Not Rated, 94 Min.
if you can’t portray the abuses happening to your family and
community on camera without someone shooting at you? Such are the
conditions on view in this searing, Oscar-nominated documentary about
Bil’in, a Palestinian village on the West Bank. Co-directed by a
Palestinian photographer and an Israeli activist, this important film
should not only “make every decent Israeli ashamed of being an
Israeli,” as Gideon Levy argued in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz;
it should also make us wonder why our financial support for the
Israeli Defense Forces—to the tune of around three billion American
taxpayer dollars annually--goes almost completely unquestioned.
1 (Special One-Night Event)
YOUR DREAM: THE TAYLOR ANDERSON STORY
and Japanese with English subtitles, Not Rated, 90 Min.
death of Taylor Anderson at the hands of the devastating 2011 tsunami
in Fukushima can justly be regarded as a tragedy. Yet this inspiring
story about an American who loved Japanese culture, and whose
lifelong dream was to teach for the JET program, is also uplifting
and inspiring. Please join us for this special, emotionally moving,
one-evening event, sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in
Tim Blake Nelson
Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Elden Henson, Andrew Keegan
Rated R, 96 Min.
Moor slam dunks
in this modern retelling of Othello,
2014 Shakespeare Festival selection. Set
in an elite private school in the American South, Odin is the only
black student—and the star of the school’s basketball team, with
hopes of reaching the NBA. When Odin begins dating Desi Brable, the
daughter of the school's dean, a jealous friend, Hugo, hatches a
devastating scheme to ruin Desi’s—and Odin’s--reputation.
Altering crucial details of the classic race plot for modern effect,
the film engages the audience “on its own provocative terms.”
Peter Travers, Rolling
13-14-15 NO FILM
20-21-22 NO FILM SPRING BREAK
AUGUST 31st IFC
Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava
with English subtitles, Not Rated, 96 Min.
“intelligent and resonant” film examines a day in the life of a
recovering drug addict in the capital city of Norway. The addict in
question, played with understated authority by Danielsen Lie,
appears, at turns, “resentful, self-questioning, hopeful,
vulnerable and angry.” Can he make it through the day? See for
yourself. “A very rewarding and worthwhile film.” Peter
OF THE 2011
Documentary, Animation and Experimental film from Paducah’s
International Film Festival. Highlights include Best of the Fest
Sponsored by the Institute for International Studies; the College of Humanities and Fine Arts; the Curris Center; the Office of the Provost; the Office of Student Affairs; the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business; the College of Education; the College of Health Sciences and Human Services; the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology; the Department of English and Philosophy; the Department of History; the Department of Modern Languages; the Department of Psychology; the Department of Political Science and Sociology; ICALA (Foreign Language Club); Alpha Mu Gamma; Phi Alpha Theta.