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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) almost every week. We show restorations of honored classics as well as contemporary films that have captured the attention of critics at recent film festivals.

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All screenings will be held in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium.
7 p.m.

Fall 2022 Film Schedule

The Worst Person in the World—Norway

Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Joachim Trier (Norwegian with English subtitles, 128 minutes, 2021)

Julie, a young woman struggling to sort out who she is and what she wants in life, is probably not the worst person in the world. The film is easily one of the best romantic comedies of the past several years. A “stirringly sophisticated masterpiece.”

Petite Maman—France

Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Céline Sciamma (French with English subtitles, 72 minutes, 2021)

Eight-year-old Nelly, who has just lost her grandmother and is visiting her mother’s childhood home, meets another young girl her age who looks remarkably like her. A strikingly lovely film about childhood, loss and the bond between mother and child from the director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

The New York Times: “There isn’t a false note or superfluous image in Petite Maman, which runs a just-right 72 minutes. It’s perfect.”

Parallel Mothers—Spain

Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spanish with English subtitles, 123 minutes, 2021)

Two women give birth on the same day in the same hospital and connect in unexpected ways. At once a colorful melodrama celebrating motherhood and female friendship, and an examination of buried tragedies in Spain’s not-so-distant past.

The New York Times: “Plenty of directors have a style. Almodóvar conjures a cosmos—a domain of bright colors, piercing music … and swirling melodrama. If you’ve visited in the past, you will be eager to return.”

Neptune Frost—Rwanda

Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams (Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, French and English with English subtitles, 105 minutes, 2021)

An African intersex hacker sets off on a journey of personal discovery only to become part of a revolution. This remarkable and inventive afrofuturistic science-fiction musical offers at once a vision of a futuristic Rwanda and an indictment of its colonial past.

The Hollywood Reporter: “The future of Black film. Pure cinematic power.”

Holy Spider—Iran

Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Ali Abbasi (Persian with English subtitles, 116 minutes, 2022)

A fearless female journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad to investigate serial killings of sex workers by the so-called “Spider Killer,” who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners. Based on a true story, this disturbing thriller offers a cry of outrage against misogynistic violence and the repressive patriarchal structures that enable it.

The Irish Times: “The whole film is pitched between a howl of rage and a gasp of disbelief.”

The Girl and the Spider—Switzerland

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Ramon and Silvan Zürcher (German with English subtitles, 98 minutes, 2021)

A young woman stands by and watches as her roommate moves out of their apartment. Amidst the bustle of moving furniture, and as the cast of characters gradually expands, unspoken truths and hidden desires surface. This is remarkable filmmaking, stylistically inventive and subtle in its exploration of the complications of intimacy and distance that can form between friends.

Film Threat: “A work that succeeds on multiple levels and reestablishes Ramon and Silvan Zürcher as filmmakers of the highest order.”

Hit the Road—Iran

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Panah Panahi (Persian with English subtitles, 93 minutes, 2021)

Two middle-aged parents, their boisterous young boy, their quiet adult son and a sick dog take a road trip across Iran. This debut film by the son of embattled Iranian master filmmaker Jafar Panahi is a warm, humanistic exploration of a family that gradually hints at the political problems that explain the purpose of their journey.

The New York Times: “Critic’s Pick! From the first jokey moments of Hit the Road until its heartbreaking end, you will not want to be anywhere else.”

Costa Brava, Lebanon—Lebanon

Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Mounia Aki (Arabic with English subtitles, 106 minutes, 2021)

The idyllic, environmentally sustainable, rural lifestyle of a small family is disrupted when the government decides to build a landfill next to their farm. Set in Lebanon in the near future, the film questions whether we can or should leave society behind in search of a private utopia.

IndieWire: “Brilliant first feature … Aki comes out swinging as the next big thing in Middle Eastern cinema.”


Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, 7 p.m.

Directed by Mazen Khaled (Arabic with English subtitles, 84 minutes, 2017)

A young man’s tragic death at Beirut’s seaside causes his friends to grapple with loss and to partake in his community’s rites and ceremonies, exposing the city’s schisms and its society’s fault lines. This film was written and directed by Instructor of Film Studies Mazen Khaled, who will introduce the screening and answer questions afterward.

Guardian: It simultaneously grounds the act of grieving in the real as well as the abstract.”

Meet the Coordinator

Nathan Andersen
Professor of Philosophy