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).
Spring Semester 2015
February 6, 2015
Directed by Laura Poitras (English, 114 minutes, 2014, digital screening)
This eye-opening verité documentary details filmmaker Laura Poitras’ meetings with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden over eight days in Hong Kong in 2013. Both revelatory and paranoia-inducing, Citizenfour offers a view of the man and the system that typify the twenty-first century information economy.
February 13, 2015
Directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez (Nepali with English subtitles, 118 minutes, 2013, digital screening)
In this meditative documentary, a cable car makes eleven trips to and from the Nepali Manakamana Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Durga, who is believed to have the power to fulfill wishes. We watch as couples, families, adults, children, and animals are transported back and forth from temple and search their faces for the exact moment they transition between the ordinary and the divine.
March 6, 2015
Directed by Ruben Östlund (Swedish, French, and Norwegian with English subtitles, 118 minutes, 2014, digital screening)
When a middle-class husband abandons his wife and child in a moment of seeming mortal danger on a ski vacation in the French alps, the bourgeois family’s perfect facade cracks wide open to reveal how modern attempts to control human nature are just as fraught as those to control the natural world.
March 27, 2015
Directed by Lisandro Alonso (Spanish and Danish with English subtitles, 109 minutes, 2014, digital screening)
Starring Viggo Mortensen (who also co-produced the film and co-composed the score), Lisandro’s sixth feature, an existential western, follows Danish Captain Dinesen (Mortensen), assigned to Argentina’s Patagonia region, as he searches for his daughter and his purpose in the desert. As his daughter asks in the film’s twisty third act, “What makes a life function and move forward?” we watch as Timo Salminen’s cinematography compresses the very frame that contains Dinesen all the while painting a world that is as unknowable as it is beautiful. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
April 10, 2015
Cinema is Nicholas Ray I: Rebel Without a Cause
Directed by Nicholas Ray (English, 111 minutes, 1955, digital screening)
In 1958, French New Wave film critic and future filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard declared: “cinema is Nicholas Ray.” Ray, an iconoclast who made over twenty feature films, worked within the Hollywood system to assert his own personal vision of modern personhood as a violent conflict between rugged individualism and the demands of human society. This three-film Ray retrospective begins with Ray’s most famous film. Starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo, Rebel Without a Cause explores the gray areas between good and evil, childhood and adulthood, in 1950s America through a single day in the life of teenager Jim Stark (Dean).
April 17, 2015
Cinema is Nicholas Ray II: Bigger Than Life
Directed by Nicholas Ray (English, 95 minutes, 1956, digital screening)
Nicholas Ray’s second film after Rebel Without a Cause follows a schoolteacher, husband, and father (Jason Mason) who loses his sense of his place in the world after becoming addicted to cortisone. Shot in saturated Technicolor and widescreen CinemaScope, Bigger Than Life betrays Ray’s interest in cinema as architecture (he studied with Frank Lloyd Wright) as he constructs a visual world increasingly distorted by the main character’s struggle to make the external world mirror his own outsized ego.
April 24, 2015
Cinema is Nicholas Ray III: In a Lonely Place
Directed by Nicholas Ray (English, 94 minutes, 1950)
Nicholas Ray’s fifth feature stars Humphrey Bogart as a cynical Hollywood screenwriter accused of murder who falls in love with his neighbor, an aspiring actress (Gloria Grahame, Ray’s wife at the time) while the cloud of suspicion hangs over their budding relationship. A rarely screened example of Ray’s early work overshadowed by the more famous meditations on Hollywood celebrity – Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve – released the same year, In a Lonely Place’s improvised ending is the embodiment of Ray’s wish “to capture, in flight, moments of truth, as much by thought as by intuition, instinct, or…too rarely…by flashes of inspiration.”
May 1, 2015
Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako (French, Arabic, Bambara, Songhay, and English with English subtitles, 97 minutes, 2014, digital screening)
Set during the occupation of Timbuktu from 2012 to 2013 by jihadists who imposed sharia law on local Muslim inhabitants, Timbuktu paints a portrait of everyday life in occupied territory. When one local inhabitant accidentally commits a crime and falls victim to the new laws, Timbuktu presents a world torn between ideology and humanism. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (and Mauritania’s first entry into that category), Timbuktu competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the François Chalais Prize. This film includes scenes of violence (to humans and animals).