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International Cinema Series
Films are screened in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium. 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. Click here for driving directions and maps to Eckerd College. For further information, please contact the Eckerd College Office of Communications at 727-864-7979. The International Cinema Series is coordinated by Nathan Andersen, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Christina Petersen, Assistant Professor of Film Studies. All films are shown at 7 pm.
Spring Semester 2014
January 31, 2014 – 7pm
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanse with English subtitles, 130 minutes, 2013, 35mm screening)
The first film from Hong Kong auteur War Kar-Wai (Chungking Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love) in almost ten years, The Grandmaster tells the story of Wing Chun martial arts grandmaster Ip Man (Tony Leung) from the 1930s through the 1950s as he fled mainland China for Hong Kong in the wake of the Second Sino-Japanese War. A story of love and loss punctuated by a series of breathtakingly-staged and shot martial arts contests, The Grandmaster also stars Ziyi Zhang and Chen Chang. This film has been selected as the Hong Kong entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
February 7, 2014 – 7pm
Directed by Ryan Coogler (English, 85 minutes, 2013, 35mm screening)
Featuring a star-making turn by Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station traces the last day in the life of Oscar Grant III (Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident shot by a BART transit officer on New Year's Eve 2008. By turns beguiling and heartbreaking, the film reflects Grant's own charm and squandered potential all the while enticing the spectator to imagine a different ending for both Grant and the film. Winner of 3013 AFI Movie of the Year, Un Certain Regard – Avenir Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
February 28, 2014 – 7 pm
The Great Beauty
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italian with English subtitles, 142 minutes, 2013, digital screening)
At once a surprisingly political and strikingly beautiful meditation on the current state of upper class Italian life, The Great Beauty follows seasoned writer and regular in Rome's lavish nightlife, Jeb Gambardella (Toni Servillo), as he finally begins to examine the substance (or lack thereof) of his existence.
March 7, 2014 – 7 pm
Jon Jost Retrospective: Last Chants for a Slow Dance
Written, directed, produced, shot, and edited by Jon Jost (English, 90 minutes, 1977, digital screening)
Included in 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die, American independent filmmaker Jon Jost’s first feature Last Chants for a Slow Dance follows a jobless drifter (Tom Blair) as his search for work ironically allows him to avoid his familial responsibilities at home. A “terminal ‘road movie’” (in Jost’s own words) shot on 16mm and made for less than $3000 in 1977, the film’s central theme of interpersonal disconnectedness and its shocking conclusion continues to today in the age of digital (dis)connection and inexpensive film production.
March 14, 2014 – 7 pm
Jon Jost Live Event: Coming to Terms
Written, directed, produced, shot, and edited by Jon Jost (English, 89 minutes, 2012, digital screening)
Representative of Jost’s facility in digital film (in which he began working exclusively in 1996), Jost’s latest feature Coming to Terms, which stars fellow independent film legend James Benning,is a meditation on death’s impact on a fractured family that seeks, in Jost’s own words, to “discard conventional narrative tissue, as well as the usual cinematic language normally used, and to go as directly as possible to the core of the matter.” Filmmaker Jon Jost will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session after the screening.
April 4, 2014 – 7 pm
Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour (Arabic with English subtitles, 98 minutes, 2012, 35mm screening)
The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film from a female Saudi Arabian director, Wadjda tells the story of its title character, an 11-year-old girl who wishes to buy a bicycle of her own in order to compete with a local boy in a race. A small story that crosses cultural boundaries, Wadjda offers a rare insider’s glimpse of Saudi Arabian urban culture.
April 11, 2014 – 7pm
A Touch of Sin
Directed by Jia Zhangke (Mandarin with English subtitles, 125 minutes, 2013, digital screening)
The latest release from Chinese director Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), A Touch of Sin depicts four shockingly true events and the four individuals who are prompted to violent ends by them. Just as the subject matter is ripped from the headlines, Zhangke succeeds in making us feel like we are there beside the angry miner, rootless migrant, young receptionist, and young factory worker who represent Zhangke’s view of modern China.
April 25, 2014 – 7pm
Directed by Matt Wolf (English, 80 minutes, 2013, digital screening) A hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th, Matt Wolf's Teenage is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others. Inspired by Jon Savage's book, Teenage is a mesmerizing trip into the past and a riveting look at the very idea of "coming-of-age."