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Cinema International

Each semester, Cinema International presents eight or nine 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 7:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Please contact Dr. Michael Waag for more information.



FALL 2013

Students, Faculty, Staff, and the Community are invited

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings

Curris Center Theater



AUG.  22-23-24  THE MASTER    SWK 275     

USA 2012

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson  

With Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

English, Rated R, 144 Min.


The history of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, remains shrouded in mystery.   Paul Thomas Anderson’s gorgeous film, originally shot in 70mm, unpacks something of this history through an allegorical lens.   Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as the imperious leader of The Cause, and Joaquin Phoenix as his violent and troubled sidekick, the film provides both a cautionary tale about the invention of a modern “religion” and a clinic by two great American actors at the top of their craft.   “In its intricate dance of loyalty and betrayal, The Master stays seductively enigmatic.”  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone



AUG.  29-30-31   RUST AND BONE    SONY 400


Dir. Jaques Audiard

With Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure

French with English subtitles, Rated R, 120 Min.


Self-absorbed small-time boxer and single father Ali meets accomplished, petite Stephanie; they are an unlikely match. Needs they have, plenty and powerful, but they don’t complement one another, at least not initially. A few months later, however, circumstances change. Stephanie, who works with whales at a French version of Sea World on the Côte d’ Azure, has an accident and finds herself a double amputee. They meet again. Her humanizing qualities and Ali’s brutishness begin to look like the two sides of the same coin. “Rust and Bone is a strong, emotionally replete experience, and also a tour de force of directorial button pushing. Mr. Audiard is a canny showman, adept at manipulating the audience’s feelings and expectations...”—A.O Scott, New York Times.



SEPT.  5-6-7   TABU      ADOPT 350  


Director: Miguel Gomes

With Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira

Portuguese with English subtitles, Not Rated , 118 Min.


The seemingly mundane lives of neighbors in present-day Lisbon disguise the exotic past and vanished desires of life in Portugal’s former African colonies. Dotty old Aurora who lives next door to Pilar was not always what she is now. Once she was an heiress living in the colonies, hunting big game and taking her drinks from silver trays proffered by liveried waiters. But then one day she is smitten by a mysterious traveler, Ventura. Tabu is an atypical meditation on colonialism that subordinates morality to melancholy reminiscence of the colonial experience. “The themes of innocence and sin percolate in Mr. Gomes’s century-straddling, stylistically heterogeneous narrative, but he is interestingly sly about how they are distributed between past and present.” —A.O Scott, New York Times.



Germany 2008     

Dir. Uli Edel

With Martina Godek, Moritz Bleibtreu, Joanna Wokalek

German with English subtitles. Rated R, 150 Min.


Chronicling the legacy of Germany’s most prominent left- wing, militant, post-war organization, Uli Edel’s eerily sexy film reminds us how terrorism, anti-imperial resistance, anti-consumerism, and the angst of youth colluded in the late 1960’s and 70’s.   An Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, “The Baader Meinhof Complex, like the excellent book by Stefan Aust on which it is based, is highly acute in its portrayal of the way in which mania feeds upon itself and becomes hysterical.”  Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair




SEPT.  19-20-21  EVEN THE RAIN     VTAG 275

SPAIN 2011

Dir. Icíar Bollaín

With Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Anduviri

Spanish with English subtitles, Not Rated, 104 Min.


Conquest, imperialism, colonization, globalization: is there a difference? Not much, according to Icíar Ballaín’s film about making a film about Columbus’s brutal exploitation of the Taino, the people Columbus discovered on the island of Hispaniola. A European director and crew on location in Bolivia echo Columbus’s exploitation of 500 years earlier, as they exploit Bolivian Indians who work as extras for two dollars a day. Indigenous firebrand, Daniel, gets the part of Hatuey, who fends off the Spanish in 1500 on camera while, off set, he organizes a rebellion against the corrupt government that, in 2000, sold Bolivian water rights to the US-based Bechtel Corporation; yes, even the rain.







OCT.  3-4-5   HULA GIRLS   VIZ PIC ?       

JAPAN 2006

Dir. Sang-il Lee

With Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa

Japanese and English, with English subtitles, Not Rated, 108 Min.


What do you do when the economy drops out from under you? When a company shuts down a coal mine in northern Japan, local women reinvent their town as a Hawaiian village and field a troupe of hula dancers to attract tourist trade. Not everyone goes along with the scheme at the beginning, which is what gives the film its conflict and drama. The story has its origin in the Japanese town of Iwaki that, in 1966, survived real economic devastation with imagination and no small amount of pluck.





OCT.  10-11-12  ANGEL’S SHARE IFC 250   

UK  2012

Dir. Ken Loach  

With Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland

English, Not Rated, 101 Min.


Ken Loach’s “wonderfully engaging Scottish comedy,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, follows the lives of an oddball quartet sentenced to community service.   Loach’s nuanced understanding of his subjects and their working-class, Glaswegian milieu allows the movie’s tone to credibly shift from “darkly edgy to charmingly lighthearted.”  “Rather than a slapped-on Hollywood-style ending, the uplift” at the conclusion of the film “feels hard-won.”   Claudia Puig, USA Today

OCT. 17-18-19  ATTENBERG   STRAND 200

Greece, 2010

Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari

With Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourkis

Greek with English subtitles, Not Rated, 95 min.


What happened to Greece, the so-called “cradle of civilization”?   While Athina Rachel Tsangari’s playful film may only hint at the specter of Eurozone austerity, it does provides a probing and rather bizarre glimpse of contemporary Greek life in a provincial town.  Threaded through with unpredictable themes and a spectacularly quirky performance by Ariane Labed, winner of the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival, Attenberg is a “strange and involving piece of work.”  Peter Bradshaw, Guardian UK



France 2009  

Dir. Bahman Ghobadi

With Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshaneged, Hamed Behdad

Persian with English subtitles, Not Rated, 101 min.


Iran rocks.  Buried beneath the overheated political rhetoric dividing the West and Iran, a burgeoning Tehrani youth culture and rock scene comes to life.  Bahman Ghobadi’s portrait of an indie-rock group’s attempt to perform under severe restrictions in their native city makes for fascinating, counterintuitive cinema—a glimpse into the daily life of the Islamic Republic rarely recognized or understood.  “What really distinguishes the film—banned in Iran, it goes without saying—is the enormous risks these musicians take, which Ghobadi ultimately drives home with legitimate dramatic license.”   Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment





Italy/Spain 1966

Dir. Sergio Leone

With Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

English, Rated R, 161 Min.


The most spectacular of all “Spaghetti Westerns”—a western made by an Italian director—Sergio Leone’s classic remains as fun, stirring, and downright slippery as ever.   Indeed, the pairing of a Marxist director (Leone) and a Republican icon (Clint Eastwood) complicates the simple calculus of the traditional American western, crushing the easy moral reckoning of the genre beneath its sinister, unbending heel.   “The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts,” claimed Leone.  “In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest.”




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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 College of Business and Public Affairs, the College of Education, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, the 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 Government, Law and International Affairs, ICALA (the Foreign Language Club), Alpha Mu Gamma, Phi Alpha Theta.

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