International Cinema

Critically acclaimed and important films

The International Cinema Series presents critically acclaimed and important films from around the world (including independent and artistic American films) every week in the Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College. We show restorations of honored classics as well as contemporary films that have captured the attention of critics at recent film festivals.

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.

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International Cinema Series Spring 2016

Spring 2016

February 12, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Turkish, 97 minutes, 2015, digital screening)
Mustang

Ergüven’s debut feature is set in a remote Turkish village where an initial act of childish play becomes the catalyst for the subsequent marriage of each of five teenage sisters. A clear-eyed portrait of women’s role in deciding their own destiny in a patriarchy that aims to protect as well as limit them, Mustang is nominated for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

March 4, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Jafar Panahi (Persian, 82 minutes, 2015, digital screening)
Taxi

Jafar Panahi, director of The White Balloon (1995), This Is Not a Film (2011), and Closed Curtain (2013), again blurs the line between fiction and reality in this portrait of contemporary Iran shot from the front seat of a taxi driving through the streets of Tehran. Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, Taxi offers its viewers a cross-section of what it means to be human in modern Iranian society: a teacher debates a criminal about the death penalty, a wounded man advocates for his wife’s right to inherit after his death, and a budding filmmaker challenges a master in Panahi’s first film shot outside of his home since his imprisonment and twenty-year ban from filmmaking by the Iranian government in 2010.

March 11, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Michael Almereyda (English, 98 minutes, 2015, digital screening)
Experimenter

In 1961 psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) conducted a now-famous psychological experiment to measure the “banality of evil” in everyday Americans. Director Michael Almereyda’s imaginative retelling of Milgram’s life and experiment asks us to consider our own complicity in human suffering and the repercussions of blind obedience to authority.

This event will include a post-film discussion with Tamar Shovali, Eckerd College Assistant Professor of Human Development and Mark Davis, Eckerd College Professor of Psychology, of Milgram’s place in the fields of human development and psychology as well as the continuing relevance of his work.

March 18, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Asghar Farhadi (Persian & German, 119 minutes, 2015, digital screening)
About Elly

From the director of the award-winning A Separation (2011), About Elly presents another image of modern Iran in which seemingly small social norms become looming ethical concerns in the face of tragedy. In this film, a group of friends and their families spend a weekend by the sea, bringing along Elly, a potential new member to the group. When Elly mysteriously disappears, her absence becomes a catalyst for revelations about life, love, and the nature of humanity.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Billy Wilder Retrospective
Some Like It Hot

April 8, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Billy Wilder (English, 121 minutes, 1959, digital screening)
Some Like It Hot

Sporting an all-star cast, including Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot, the first film in this retrospective, follows two male musicians who dress as women and head to sunny Florida to escape the long arm of organized crime in 1920s Chicago. Voted the top comedy film of all time by the American Film Institute, Some Like It Hot traces the cracks and fissures of American gender and class identity and desire while sending up our own preconceptions of happiness in mid-century America.

The event will include a post-film discussion with gender scholars Shannon Collins, Eckerd College Director of the Office for Advocacy and Gender Justice, and Michael Albrecht, Eckerd College Assistant Professor of Communication.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Billy Wilder Retrospective
Stalag 17

April 15, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Billy Wilder (English, 114 minutes, 1953, digital screening)

In Wilder’s tenth feature and the second in this retrospective, William Holden plays a pragmatic capitalist prisoner of war trapped as much by the opinion of his fellow prisoners as by his German captors when the POWs suspect an informer in their ranks. A thinly veiled condemnation of collaborations with those in power who looked to keep Americans and other disenfranchised groups under surveillance, this black war comedy won Holden the Oscar for Best Actor and a Best Director nomination for Wilder, who numbered Stalag 17 among his favorite films.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Billy Wilder Retrospective
Ace in the Hole

April 22, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Billy Wilder (English, 111 minutes, 1951, digital screening)
Ace in the Hole

The third and final film in our series, Wilder’s ninth feature marked the first film in which he served as writer, producer, and director. The film stars Kirk Douglas as a down-on-his-luck small-town newspaper reporter who has seen better days and bigger stories. After a local man becomes trapped in a cave, Douglas exploits the man’s misfortune in order to get back on top. A searing indictment of the self-interest that often fuels media coverage, Ace in the Hole (titled The Big Carnival during its original release) aptly demonstrates the true meaning of the term “media circus.”

April 29, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thai, 122 minutes, 2015, digital screening)

Weerasethakul’s immersive, hypnotic eighth feature begins with a premise not out of place in a horror film: an epidemic of sleeping sickness has stricken a military regiment now housed in an ersatz hospital where family members and locals gently tend to the men. As one volunteer finds herself in synchronization with her chosen soldier, the boundary between the sleeping and awake, the living and the dead, becomes increasingly permeable. Cemetery of Splendor premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the Masters section of the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

May 6, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson (English, 90 minutes, 2015, digital screening)
Anomalisa

In Kaufman’s second directorial effort, the screenwriter behind Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) again explores the issues of identity and personal connection in this stop-motion animated drama. Self-help author (David Thewlis) hears the same voice coming from everyone he meets until a fateful night when he meets one woman who sounds different from the rest, as a relationship with her offers the chance to cut through the noise of everyday life. Anomalisa was the first animated film to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival.

Meet the Coordinators

Nate Andersen

Nathan Andersen
Professor of Philosophy

Christina Petersen

Christina Petersen
Assistant Professor of Film Studies