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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.

If you have any questions about Cinema International, please contact Dr. Timothy Johns. Watching on! 




SPRING SCREENINGS


CINEMA INTERNATIONAL
MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
SPRING 2014
Students, Faculty, Staff and the Community are invited
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings
Curris Center Theater
ADMISSION IS FREE

 

JAN. 16-17-18        

KID WITH A BIKE IFC

BELGIUM 2011
Dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
With Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, Jéréme Renir,

French with English subtitles, Rated PG-13, 87 Min.

Some 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 Sun-Times. Winner of the 2011 Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.

 

 

JAN. 23-24-25

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD IFC

SOUTH KOREA 2008

Dir. Kim Jee-Woon

With Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun Lee, Jung Woo-sung
Korean with English subtitles, Rated R, 130 Min.

Go 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 ordnance.” Derek Elly, Variety

 

 

JAN. 30, 31 FEB. 1

THE LONLIEST PLANET IFC

USA, GERMANY 2011 2012

Dir. Julia Loctev
With Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze
English, Georgian, and Spanish with English subtitles, Not Rated, 113 Min.

Global 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 Loneliest Planet, our Women Make Movies selection this spring. Featuring a pair of travelling backpackers and lovers, played by Gael García Bernal 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

 

 

FEB. 6-7-8

MARLEY SWK

UK 2012

Dir. Kevin Macdonald
With Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff
English with subtitles, Rated PG-13, 144 Min.

We 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

 

 

FEB. 13-14-15

A TOUCH OF SIN KOCH LORBER

CHINA 2013

Dir. Zhangke Jia

With Wu Jiang, Li Vivien, Luo Lanshan

Mandarin with English subtitles, Not Rated , 133 Min.

China’s 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 Angeles Times

 

 

FEB. 20 & FEB. 22 * (Thursday & Saturday Only)

SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE SONY 300

SPAIN 1973

Dir. Victor Erice

With Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent

Spanish with English subtitles, Not Rated, 95 Min.

Victor 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 abandoned outbuilding. “This is one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

 

* FEB. 21

12 YEARS A SLAVE (Special One-Night Event) FOX SEARCHLIGHT

USA, UK 2013

Dir. Steve McQueen

With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender

In English

Based 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 Republic

 

 

 

FEB. 27-28-*

      

5 BROKEN CAMERAS KINO

PALESTINE, ISRAEL, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS 2011

Dir. Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi

With Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat

Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, Not Rated, 94 Min.

What 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.

 

 

 

*MARCH 1 (Special One-Night Event)

LIVE YOUR DREAM: THE TAYLOR ANDERSON STORY

USA, JAPAN 2013

Dir. Reggie Life

With Taylor Anderson

English and Japanese with English subtitles, Not Rated, 90 Min.

The 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 Nashville.

 

 

 

MARCH 6-7-8

O

USA 2001

Dir. Tim Blake Nelson
With
Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Elden Henson, Andrew Keegan
English, Rated R, 96 Min.

The Moor slam dunks in this modern retelling of Othello, our 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 Stone

 

MARCH 13-14-15 NO FILM

 

MARCH 20-21-22 NO FILM SPRING BREAK

 

 

MAR 27-28-29
OSLO, AUGUST 31st IFC (STRAND)

NORWAY 2011

Dir. Joachim Trier

With Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava

Norwegian with English subtitles, Not Rated, 96 Min.

This “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 Bradshaw, The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APR 3-4-5

BEST OF THE 2011

RIVER’S EDGE

FILM FESTIVAL 

Narrative, Documentary, Animation and Experimental film from Paducah’s International Film Festival. Highlights include Best of the Fest winner.




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.

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