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International Cinema Series Opens Fall Semester with Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing

posted on 09/04/2013

The International Cinema Series at Eckerd College opens the Fall 2013 semester with Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing on Friday, September 6.

Presenting critically acclaimed and important films from around the world (including independent and artistic American films), the International Cinema Series will screen films every Friday at 7 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, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy and Film Studies.

The Act of Killing

September 6, 7 pm
The Act of Killing

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer (Indonesian and English with English Subtitles, 115m, 2012)
A look at Indonesian war criminals who got away with it, and are flourishing. The director of this unconventional documentary gave them a chance to tell their own story, and the results are shocking and unforgettable.

September 13, 7 pm
Drug War

Directed by Johnnie To (Mandarin and Cantonese with English Subtitles, 107m, 2013)
A drug cartel boss, arrested in a raid, is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

September 20, 7 pm
Museum Hours

Directed by Jem Cohen (German and English with English Subtitles, 107m, 2012)
The security guard at an art museum in Vienna, is pushed outside of his usual routines when he befriends an enigmatic visitor. This gorgeous film explores the ways in which art works reflect and shape the world. Part of the College Program Series.

September 27, 7 pm
Post Tenebras Lux

Directed by Carlos Reygadas (Spanish, English and French with English Subtitles, 115m, 2012)
The title of this stunningly photographed and enigmatic film means "after darkness, light." The film delivers an impressionistic psychological portrait, full of unforgettable imagery, of a family that has chosen to isolate themselves in the Mexican countryside. Part of the College Program Series.

October 4, 7 pm
Faust

Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov (German with English Subtitles, 140m, 2012)
A lavish, chaotic and unpredictable re-imagination of the classic tale of Faust, in which a man sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. Part of the College Program Series.

October 11, 7 pm
Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Directed by Sophie Fiennes (English, 136m, 2012)
In this follow up to the hilarious and profound Pervert's Guide to Cinema, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek takes audiences on another wild ride through the subtle and not-so-subtle messages coded in the products of pop culture. Cinema, he argues, is a "pervert art" because it does not give you what you desire but teaches you how to desire. Part of the College Program Series.

October 18, 7 pm
Computer Chess

Directed by Andrew Bujalski (English, 92m, 2013)
Set during a weekend tournament for computer programmers around thirty years ago, this retro-adventure features eccentric geniuses who paved the path to our present. Shot last year on video equipment from yesteryear, the look and style of the film is pitch perfect. Part of the College Program Series.

October 25
No films due to Fall Break

November 1, 7 pm
Imamura Retrospective - Life, Death and Desire
Stolen Desire

Directed by Shohei Imamura (Japanese with English Subtitles, 90m, 1958)
Stolen Desire, which tells the story of a group of itinerant actors, was Imamura's first film. It showcases his interest throughout his career in depicting lives and ways of life on the fringes of traditional Japanese society. The film is the first in a retrospective of rarely-seen works by the Japanese master filmmaker Shohei Imamura all shown from 35mm prints. Arranged by Dr. Eileen Mikals-Adachi, Associate Professor of Japanese at Eckerd College. Sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Part of the College Program Series.

November 8, 7 pm
Imamura Retrospective - Life, Death and Desire
Endless Desire

Directed by Shohei Imamura (Japanese with English Subtitles, 101m, 1958)
A motley group of five gathers in the basement of a butcher shop to dig up a cache of morphine buried during WWII, on the 10th anniversary of Japan's surrender. The second film in a small retrospective of rarely-seen works by the Japanese master filmmaker Shohei Imamura; all shown from 35mm prints. Arranged by Dr. Eileen Mikals-Adachi, Associate Professor of Japanese at Eckerd College. Sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

November 15, 7 pm
Imamura Retrospective - Life, Death and Desire
Ballad of Narayama

Directed by Shohei Imamura (Japanese with English Subtitles)
In an isolated mountain village, the inhabitants practice population control by carrying their elders to the top of Mount Narayama to die when they reach the age of 70. Still in good health, an aging woman nevertheless can't wait for her turn to be taken. The third film in a small retrospective of rarely-seen works by the Japanese master filmmaker Shohei Imamura; all shown from 35mm prints. Arranged by Dr. Eileen Mikals-Adachi, Associate Professor of Japanese at Eckerd College. Sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

November 22, 7 pm
Imamura Retrospective - Life, Death and Desire
Black Rain

Directed by Shohei Imamura (Japanese with English Subtitles)
An aging couple attempts to marry off their niece, whose potential suitors are scared off by rumors of radiation sickness. The final film in a small retrospective of rarely-seen works by the Japanese master filmmaker Shohei Imamura; all shown from 35mm prints. Arranged by Dr. Eileen Mikals-Adachi, Associate Professor of Japanese at Eckerd College. Sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Part of the College Program Series.

November 29,
No films due to Thanksgiving Break

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