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Film at Eckerd

Film at Eckerd

International Cinema Series

The International Cinema Series is coordinated by Nathan Andersen, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Christina Petersen, Assistant Professor of Film Studies. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. No tickets required.

Eckerd College is located at 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida. View driving directions and maps to Eckerd College.

For further information, please contact the Eckerd College Office of Communications at 727-864-7979.

All films are screened in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium at 7 p.m. (unless otherwise stated).

Fall Semester 2014

September 5, 2014
A Clockwork Orange and Shadow Philosophy: A Screening and Discussion with Author Nathan Andersen 

Directed by Stanley Kubrick (English, 136m, 1971, digital screening)

Join us for a screening and discussion of the philosophical implications of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange with Professor Nathan Andersen, author of "Shadow Philosophy: Plato’s Cave and Cinema (2014)." There will be refreshments and copies of "Shadow Philosophy" available for purchase. For more information, check out the book's "trailer.” (Sponsored by Film Studies.)

September 18, 2014


Directed by Sakamoto Junji (Japanese, with English subtitles, 2011, 35mm screening)

Zen is the star in his village’s famous Kabuki show, but his preparation for a new performance is thrown off balance when his former wife returns for a visit, along with his childhood friend who she’d left him to be with 18 years previously. An ensemble comedy focusing on the mountain village of Oshika, inspired by local traditions, this film presents a warm portrayal of the joys and sorrows of the villagers.

Note: this Thursday night special screening is presented as part of the Japan Foundation 2014 Film Series, organized locally by Eckerd College Associate Prof. of Japanese Dr. Eileen Mikals-Adachi. 

September 19, 2014


Directed by Pawel Pawlikoski (Polish, with English subtitles, 82m, 2013, digital screening)

A captivating film about a beautiful young Polish orphan, who is forced to confront her past before she takes her vows and becomes a nun. This critically acclaimed and quite lovely film was, easily, Professor Andersen's favorite film at Sundance 2014.

September 26, 2014


Directed by Richie Mehta (Hindi, with English subtitles, 96m, 2013, digital screening)

A powerful film about an impoverished Indian father, who journeys across India in search of his 12-year-old son, who had left home for work and never came home during vacations. It won Best Film and Best Director at the South Asian International Film Festival, and is an Official Selection of Human Rights Watch.

October 2, 2014
The Summit - A Chronicle of Stones

The Summit

Directed by Kimura Daisauku

In 1907, a renowned surveyor is charged with mapping out Mt. Tsurigidake, the last uncharted region of Japan. In order not to lose face, he and his army survey team must manage to cross the precipitous mountain range, and do it before they are beat by a team of civilians from the Japan Alpine Club. 

Note: this Thursday night special screening is presented as part of the Japan Foundation 2014 Film Series, organized locally by Eckerd College Associate Prof. of Japanese Dr. Eileen Mikals-Adachi.

October 3, 2014
Life Itself

Life Itself

Directed by Steve James (English, 120m, 2014, digital screening)

A life-affirming portrait of Roger Ebert, a man who made his living celebrating cinema from around the world, and whose life itself was a rich and rewarding one. Directed by the Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams).

October 10, 2014
Aquí y Allá

Aqui y Alla

Directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza (Spanish with English subtitles, 110m, 2012, digital screening)

A story about the US/Mexico border experience told from the perspective of a man’s search for a better life by working in the United States, and examining the consequences for the family he left behind and to his sense of identity. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session, on issues surrounding immigration that are highlighted by the film, facilitated by the Spanish faculty.

October 17, 2014
Stray Dogs

Stray Dogs

Directed by Tsai Ming Liang (Mandarin with English subtitles, 138m, 2013, digital screening)

An alcoholic man wanders the streets of Taipei, with his two young children. They meet a lonely grocery clerk who may help them forge a better life. The latest by Tsai Ming Liang is a powerful, meditative film, that is beautifully shot, with compelling performances.

October 24, 2014

No Film, Fall Recess

Pro tip: Be a Pumpkin

October 31, 2014
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (Farsi with English subtitles, 99m, 2014, digital screening)

Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s enigmatic and stunning debut film is an unconventional and hip horror romance that has also been described as the first “Iranian Vampire Western.” The subdued but emotionally potent film, shot in a surreal black and white, depicts a small Iranian town haunted by a lonely vampire.

November 1, 2014
The Foreigner

The Foreigner

Directed by Niki Iliev (Bulgarian and French with English subtitles, 100m, 2012, digital screening)
6 P.M.

In this delightful and award winning romantic comedy from director Niki Iliev, a Frenchman falls in love with a feisty Bulgarian woman. Although he doesn’t speak her language, he follows her to to the Bulgarian village where she lives, and finds much more than he'd bargained for. This screening is sponsored by the Bulgarian-American Cultural Center, as part of The Bulgarian Cultural Days celebration in Saint Petersburg, FL. The film will be introduced by Her Excellency Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States.

November 7, 2014


Directed by Narushima Izuru (Japanese with English subtitles, 147m, 2011, screened from 35mm print)

Based on a suspense novel by Kakuta Mitsuyo, the film depicts the story of a young woman who was abducted as an infant by a woman who had fallen in love with her married father. Now grown up, the young woman has also entered a relationship with a married man, and has to come to terms with her unsettling upbringing. (Part of the Japan Foundation 2014 Film Series, Organized on campus by Eckerd College Associate Professor of Japanese, Dr. Eileen Mikals-Adachi).

November 14, 2014
Abacus and Sword

Abacus and Sword

Directed by Morita Yoshimitsu (Japanese with English subtitles, 129m, 2010, screened from 35mm print)

An adaptation of the book by Isoda, Michifumi, the film chronicles the life of a low ranking samurai who is also an expert accountant and struggles to make ends meet while also trying to elevate the status of his family. (Part of the Japan Foundation 2014 Film Series, Organized on campus by Eckerd College Associate Professor of Japanese, Dr. Eileen Mikals-Adachi).

November 21, 2014
Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkish with English subtitles, 196m, 2014, digital screening)

A former actor runs a small hotel in the mountains of Anatolia with his lovely young wife and divorced sister. In winter, as the snow begins to fall and the tourists depart, their mutual antagonisms begin to surface. Winner of the 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or, and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, whose previous film was the gorgeous and enigmatic International Cinema hit Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

Environmental Film Festival

Environmental Film Festival

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International Cinema

International Cinema Series

The International Cinema Series presents critically acclaimed and important films from around the world every week in the Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College.

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