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International Cinema Series Opens Fall Semester with Korean Film The Day He Arrives

posted on 09/11/2012

The Day He Arrives

The International Cinema Series at Eckerd College opens the Fall 2012 semester with Hong Sangsoo's The Day He Arrives on Friday, September 14. Presenting critically acclaimed and important films from around the world (including independent and artistic American films), the Series will screen films every Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College. All screenings are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. No tickets or reservations are required.

The Fall 2012 semester's offerings are programmed by Christina Petersen, The Christian Nielsen Assistant Professor of Film Studies, in the absence of Series Coordinator and Associate Professor of Philosophy Nathan Andersen, who is on leave.

International Cinema Series, Fall 2012 Semester

The Day He Arrives
Directed by Hong Sangsoo (Korean with English subtitles, 79 minutes, 2011, 35mm screening)

Seongjun, a former film director, wanders through the streets of Seoul, each day playing out like a flimsy copy of the last and only Seongjun seems to understand why.  Infused with a playfulness and dry wit, The Day He Arrives is a meditation on relationships, filmmaking, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives.

September 21, The Gold Rush
Directed by Charlie Chaplin (silent with orchestral score, 95 minutes, 1925, 35mm screening of restored print)

September 28, Film Socialisme
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard (French with English subtitles, 102 minutes, 2010, digital screening)

October 5, Wages of Fear
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (French with English subtitles, 131 minutes, 1953, 35mm screening from a restored print)

October 12, Patience (After Sebald)
Directed by Grant Gee (English, 82 minutes, 2011, digital screening)

October 19, David Holzman's Diary
Directed by Jim McBride (English, 74 minutes, 1967, digital screening)

November 2, The Interrupters
Directed by Steve James (English, 125 minutes, 2011, digital screening)

November 9, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Directed by Benh Zeitlin (English, 93 minutes, 2012, 35mm screening)

November 30, Unforgivable
Directed by André Téchiné (French with English subtitles, 111 minutes, 35mm screening)

While tending to avoid blockbuster films of the sort you might find at the local movieplex, the series aims to create a balance between artistry and innovation in cinema, on the one hand, and appealing and accessible styles and important subjects, on the other. The International Cinema Series was voted "Best Local Film Series" by Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay 2007.

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