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) 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.

All screenings in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on campus unless otherwise indicated; view directions & campus map
7 p.m.
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Fall 2018 Schedule

A Fantastic Woman

September 7, 2018

Directed by Sebastián Lelio (Spanish with English subtitles, 104 minutes, 2017)

The latest film from Chilean writer-director Sebastián Lelio (The Year of the Tiger, Gloria), A Fantastic Woman offers an intimate portrait of the struggles of transgender Marina (Daniela Vega), an aspiring singer who must navigate the minutiae of life after the sudden death of her boyfriend (Francisco Reyes). A smart and heartfelt study of the small humiliations and major threats that face those that do not fit neatly into pre-existing categories, A Fantastic Woman garnered the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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September 14, 2018

Directed by Naoko Ogigami (Japanese with English subtitles, 127 minutes, 2017)

What makes up the ties that bind a family? Are they hardwired or can they be knit together later in life? Close-Knit explores the place of nature and nurture in contemporary Japanese society through the story of eleven-year-old Tomo (Rin Kakihara), left on her own by a careless mother. After her uncle and his transgender partner, Rinko (Tôma Ikuta), take Tomo in, she must navigate society’s expectations about family while trying to understand her own.

This event is sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

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The Mohican Comes Home

September 21, 2018

Directed by Shûichi Okita (Japanese with English subtitles, 125 minutes, 2016)

Director Okita’s fourth feature follows death metal band frontman Eikichi (Ryuhei Matsuda) as he returns home to his small island hometown for the first time in seven years to announce his upcoming wedding to his pregnant girlfriend. However he doesn’t find exactly what he expected as this gentle dramedy explores the ways that music unites generations.

This event is sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

Good Manners

September 28, 2018

Directed by Marco Dutra & Juliana Rojas (Portuguese with English subtitles, 135 minutes, 2018)

A strange and sympathetic exploration of the trope of the horror film monster as Other to society, Good Manners follows Clara (Isabél Zuaa), a lonely nurse who takes a job looking after the wealthy and equally isolated Ana (Marjorie Estiano), awaiting her first child. The two women grow closer as the proclivities of Ana’s pregnancy mount, including sleepwalking and a voracious appetite for flesh. What follows next is a genre-busting depiction of the bloody business of raising a different child in a world of fantasy. Good Manners won the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival.

They’re Killing Us

October 19, 2018

Directed by Tom Laffay, Emily Wright, and Daniel Bustos (Spanish with English subtitles, 21 minutes, 2018)

This short film explores the causes and consequences of the current rate – every three days – of social and political assassinations in Colombia in the wake of the 2016 peace accords between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Killing Jesus

October 19, 2018

Directed by Laura Mora (Spanish with English subtitles, 95 minutes, 2017)

After witnessing her father’s murder and frustrated when the police fail to make progress catching the killer, aspiring Colombian photographer Paula (Natasha Jaramillo) takes matters into her own hands. What follows is no a straightforward revenge story but Paula’s transformation in how she sees the world. Inspired by true events, Killing Jesus won the Roger Ebert Award in the New Directors Competition at the 2017 Chicago Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Gasparilla Film Festival.

Presented in collaboration with the 2018 Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival

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Birds of Passage

October 26, 2018

Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Spanish with English subtitles, 125 minutes, 2018)

The latest feature from the producer and director of Embrace of the Serpent, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, chronicles the rise and fall of an indigenous Wayuu family in the Columbian drug trade in the 1970s. Just as Embrace of the Serpent reconfigured the colonial journey narrative, Birds of Passage employs the gangster genre to introduce audiences to a way of life violently interrupted by the modern addiction to consumption.

Presented in collaboration with the 2018 Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival

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Andrew Bujalski Retrospective: Funny Ha Ha

November 9, 2018

Directed by Andrew Bujalski (English, 89 minutes, 2002)

Hailed as one of the most influential films of the ‘00s, independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski’s first feature follows recent college graduate Marnie (Kate Dollenmayer) as she drifts through her early twenties with humble goals and little direction. The one constant is her casual circulation through modest spaces and relationships. A low-budget feature shot on 16mm film, Funny Ha Ha captures the ennui of emerging adulthood with little fanfare but a clear vein of truth.

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Support the Girls with filmmaker Andrew Bujalski

November 16, 2018

Directed by Andrew Bujalski (English, 91 minutes, 2018)

Bujalski’s sixth feature film follows a day in the life of Lisa (Regina Hall in a bravura performance), the manager of a Hooters-style bar and grill who runs what otherwise might seem a site of exploitation as a source of female empowerment. As the day goes south in small ways, it becomes clear that in a world where these women struggle against uniformity, their greatest support is each other.

This event will include a Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening.

Sorry to Bother You

November 30, 2018

Directed by Boots Riley (English, 111 minutes, 2018)

Set in a parallel version of Oakland California, this surreal dark comedy follows Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a low-level telemarketer who finds success when he discovers his “white voice” and must decide between rising up the ranks of white corporate America or remaining true to his working-class roots. A broad take on the commodification of black and working-class bodies, from wage slavery to performance art and everything in between, Boots Riley’s debut feature is a wild and incisive satire of contemporary America.

Presented as part of Race and Class in America: 50 Years Without a King. This event will include a discussion after the film

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December 7, 2018

Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo (Japanese with English subtitles, 90 minutes, 2017)

Based on the 1990s live-action film of the same name, this anime feature asks whether love can defy the laws of physics. When teenager Norimichi falls for classmate Nazuna just as she is about to move away, he harnesses the power of a strange marble that lets him turn back time to give them both a second chance. The farther they move from reality though, the harder it is to see what is real and what is not.

Meet the Coordinators

Christina Petersen

Christina Petersen
Associate Professor of Film Studies