The International Cinema Series presents critically acclaimed and important films from around the world (including independent and artistic American films) almost every week—in the Dan and Mary 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.
Spring 2019 Schedule
February 8, 2019
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda (Japanese with English Subtitles, 98m, 2018)
A young boy encounters a magical garden, and can travel through time to meet his relatives from various eras. His younger sister from the future serves as his guide in this delightful new anime from the director of Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Girl Who Leapt through Time. See Facebook Event for Mirai.
February 15, 2019
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda (Japanese with English Subtitles, 121m, 2018)
Winner of the 2018 Palme d’Or at Cannes, this is a complex and subtle film about a family in desperate straits, forced to commit petty crimes to stay alive, until an impulsive decision threatens to unravel the delicate bonds that hold them together. See Facebook Event for Shoplifters.
February 21, 2019
Directed by Alex Garland (English, 115m, 2018)
A grieving biologist signs up for a dangerous expedition into a mysterious zone where the usual laws of nature don’t apply. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s bestselling Southern Reach trilogy, which is set in an imaginatively transformed region of the Florida panhandle.
February 22, 2019
Directed by Nova Ami & Velcrow Ripper (English, 85m, 2018)
A poem for the planet, Metamorphosis aims to capture the true scale of the global environmental crisis, and suggests that this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation.
February 28, 2019
Directed by Ali Abbassi (Swedish w/ English Subtitles, 110m, 2018)
A customs office with a powerful sense of smell and an affinity for the natural world meets a strange traveller who is like her and begins to question everything she thought she knew about herself.
The Wild Pear Tree
March 8, 2019
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkish with English Subtitles, 188m, 2018)
An aspiring writer returns to his native village, where his father’s debts catch up to him. Village Voice described the latest film by Turkish master filmmaker Ceylan as a “philosophical journey through the mind of an aspiring artist trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs.” See Facebook Event for The Wild Pear Tree.
What Is Democracy?
March 29, 2019
Directed by Astra Taylor (English, 107m, 2018)
Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’s groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor. Director Astra Taylor will be in attendance to introduce and discuss the film with us.
Wings of Desire
April 12, 2019
Directed by Wim Wenders (German with English subtitles, 128m, 1987)
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. Shown from a stunningly beautiful restored version of the classic metaphysical love story set in West Berlin, just a few years before the wall came down. See Facebook Event for Wings of Desire.
April 26, 2019
Directed by Zhang Yimou (Chinese with English subtitles, 114m, 2019)
In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, his commander faces great peril both within and outside the palace walls. His secret weapon is the “shadow”—a look-alike who can fool both the king and his enemies. This stunningly filmed new wuxia film is the latest by Chinese master filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero and House of Flying Daggers). See Facebook Event for Shadow.
Woman at War
May 3, 2019
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson (Icelandic with English subtitles, 101m, 2019)
A mild-mannered middle-aged choir director declares war against the massive new power plant that is being built near her home and that she sees as a threat to the local way of life. A quirky and clever film about an unconventional eco-warrior. See Facebook Event for Woman at War.