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.
Fall 2017 Schedule
Directed by Mohamed Diab (Arabic w/ English Subtitles, 97m, 2016)
Two years after the Arab Spring, and following mass protests in Egypt, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood has been ousted by army. A series of arrests finds rival demonstrators trapped together inside a police van while rioting takes place outside.
A Quiet Passion
Directed by Terrence Davies (English 125m, 2017)
An evocative portrait of the brilliant and famously reclusive poet Emily Dickinson. This quietly masterful film by acclaimed British director Terrence Davies evokes both her deep attachment to her family as well as the manners and spiritual convictions of her time, that she struggled with and transcended through her poetry.
Dawson City, Frozen Time
Friday, September 22, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Bill Morrison (English, 120m, 2017)
A treasure trove of silent films, discovered on the site of an old gold mining town, serves as the raw material for celebrated filmmaker and artist Bill Morrison’s latest fascinating exploration of an era and of the cinema that evokes it.
I, Daniel Blake
Friday, September 29, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Ken Loach (English, 100m, 2017)
When a heart attack leaves him unable to work, and the state welfare system is unable to help him, the stubborn and self-reliant Daniel Blake stands up to fight for his dignity. His crusade connects him with a struggling single mother and her two children. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Friday, October 6, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Olivier Assayas (English, French, Swedish with English subtittles, 105m, 2017)
Our October Halloween season begins with this enigmatic ghost story, starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars, who is determined to make contact with her recently deceased twin brother.
Friday, October 20, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japanese w/ English subtitles, 130m, 2016)
A year after a botched negotiation with a serial killer, a former detective takes a new job at a university, where he and his wife hope to leave the past behind. He is drawn into the investigation of an open case by a former colleague, and becomes increasingly convinced that his strange new neighbor is somehow connected to the case.
Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence)
Friday, October 27, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi (Japanese w/ English subtitles, 120m, 2016)
The king of the monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that both updates and pays homage to the original. Released by the Toho Company, that started it all with their groundbreaking and earth shattering release of Gojira in 1954.
My Journey Through French Cinema
Friday, November 3, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier (French w/ English subtitles, 3h21m, 2016)
French filmmaking great, Bertrand Tavernier, has an almost inexhaustible knowledge of and love for the cinema. This epic documentary, a lifetime in the making, examines and reminisces about the greatest of the French filmmakers.
Friday, November 10, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville (French w/ English Subtitles, 107m, 1967)
After watching Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey through French Cinema, we’ll see one of his favorite films by one of his favorite directors. Tavernier worked as Melville’s assistant before setting off to make his own films. In Le Samouräi, a contract killer carries out a nearly flawless hit, but finds himself caught between a persistent detective and a ruthless employer. This elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool combines 1940s American gangster cinema with 1960s French pop culture.
Friday, November 17, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by John Trengrove (Xhosa, Afrikaans, English w/ English subtitles, 88m, 2017)
Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.
Friday, December 1, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Makoto Shinkai (Japanese w/ English subtitles, 106m, 2017)
High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. One night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. As they switch bodies, seemingly at random, the two find ways to communicate and gradually build a connection. A beautiful animated film from Japan about time and fate.