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International Cinema Series Opens Spring Semester with Holy Motors

posted on 02/07/2013

The International Cinema Series at Eckerd College opens the Spring 2013 semester with Leos Carax's Holy Motors on Friday, Feburary 8.

Holy Motors

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 International Cinema Series is coordinated by Nathan Andersen, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Film Studies.

International Cinema Series, Spring 2013 Semester

February 8, 7pm
Holy Motors

Directed by Leos Carax (French, English and Chinese, with English Subtitles, 115m, 2012)

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant), a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man... Hailed by critics as one of the best films of the year. Screened from a 35mm print.

February 15, 7pm
The Hunter

Directed by Daniel Nettheim (English, 100m, 2012)

A mercenary, in search of an animal thought to be extinct, finds himself in the middle of a conflict between loggers and environmental activists. He begins to question the intentions of his employer, and about the ethics of his own pursuit. Screened from a 35mm print. Program offered in collaboration with and as part of the "Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature" Environmental Film Festival.

February 22, 7pm
The Bay

Directed by Barry Levinson (English, 85m, 2012)

Approached to make a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay, acclaimed director Barry Levinson found that no one seemed to care how polluted it was, so he decided to modify the footage he had already captured and create a realistic horror story. Program offered in collaboration with and as part of the "Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature" Environmental Film Festival.

March 1, 7pm

Directed by Miguel Gomes (Portuguese with English Subtitles, 118m, 2012)

What begins as a drama about three ordinary elderly women in contemporary Lisbon, becomes a hypnotic tale of doomed romance set in colonial Africa. Filmed in gorgeous black and white, and screened from a beautiful 35mm print. 

March 8, 7pm
The Rabbi's Cat

Living in Algeria in the 1930s, a widowed Rabbi's cat eats the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. A strange visitor arrives, and convinces them to go on a quest across continents in search of a lost Ethiopian city. Animated, but its dark and irreverent humor and subject matter is not intended for young children.

March 15 and 22 - No films due to Spring recess

March 29 - No films due to the observance of Good Friday

April 5, 7pm

Directed by Pablo Berger (Silent, 90m, 2012)

Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. Set in southern Spain in 1920s, Blancanieves is a gorgeous tribute to silent films.

April 12, 7pm
An Evening with Hal Hartley
and Meanwhile

Hal Hartley made his first feature film, The Unbelievable Truth, in 1989, and in the decades that followed, has created a dozen feature films and a number of experimental shorts. He remains one of the most startlingly original and unique voices in American independent cinema, with a unique visual style, and a sensibility as intrigued by metaphysical and existential conundrums as it is by the intricacies of the human heart. He writes, directs, produces, and even composes music for his films, and Hartley will be here in person to present his latest film, Meanwhile (59m, 2011), in addition to one of his earlier works, the formally stunning and fantastic Flirt (86m, 1996).

April 19, 7pm
Old Dog

Directed by Pema Tseden (Tibetan with English Subtitles, 88m, 2011)

A Tibentan family on the Himalayan plains discovers that their dog is worth a fortune in China, but selling it turns out to come at a terrible price.

April 26, 7pm
Like Someone in Love

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami (Japanese with English Subtitles, 109m, 2012)

Akiko is a Tokyo student and part-time call girl, whose latest client is an elderly gentleman with apparently little interest in sex. When her boyfriend sees them together, he assumes the man is her grandfather, and the older man plays along. The latest film by celebrated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, and the second to be made outside of his home country.

May 3, 7pm
Hannah Arendt

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta (German, French and English with English Subtitles, 113m, 2012)

German Jew and philosopher Hannah Arendt had escaped from a French detention camp during the war and is living and teaching in New York city when she gets the chance to follow the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann. What she realizes is that the Nazis and other war criminals were for the most part not monsters but bureaucrats and civil servants, who considered their actions normal and acceptable. This view, written up in The New Yorker in a series of articles, and captured in her famous phrase describing "the banality of evil," was highly unpopular at the time and the film follows the impact upon her of the media firestorm that ensued.

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