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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Spring 2022 Film Schedule
Friday, February 11, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Jessica Beshir (Amharic with English subtitles, 120 minutes, 2021)
A spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations – and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today.
Licorice Pizza *CANCELED*
Friday, March 4, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (English, 133 minutes, 2021)
The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.
Friday, March 11, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Hong Sangsoo (Korean with English subtitles, 66 minutes, 2021)
A young man travels from South Korea to Berlin to surprise his girlfriend. A.O. Scott of the New York Times calls the film “lucid and elusive… In the midst of everything else, some of us crave a glass of soju and a stroll on an icy beach where the forecast is for romantic disaffection and wary politeness punctuated by sudden squalls of feeling. It’s a taste worth acquiring.”
Friday, April 1, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Roy Anderson (Swedish with English subtitles, 78 minutes, 2019)
About Endlessness is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality. We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events. Simultaneously an ode and a lament, About Endlessness presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.
A Night of Knowing Nothing
Friday, April 15, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Payal Kapadia (Hindi, Bengali, and French with English subtitles, 97 minutes, 2021)
L is a student at the Film and Television Institute of India. She fell in love with K and they decided to be together but K had to leave back to his home village and the lovers got separated.
Rock Bottom Riser
Friday, April 22, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Fern Silva (English, 70 minutes, 2021)
From the earliest voyagers who navigated by starlight, to present-day astronomers scanning the cosmos for habitable planets, explorers have long made Hawaii the hub for their searching. Today—as lava continues to flow on the island—another crisis mounts as scientists plan to build the world’s largest telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s most sacred and revered mountain
Friday, May 6, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Sean Baker (English, 130 minutes, 2021)
Finding himself down and out in Los Angeles, ex porn star Mikey Saber decides to crawl back to his hometown of Texas City, Texas, where his estranged wife and mother-in-law are living. Just as this dysfunctional family seems to be making things work, Mikey meets a young woman named Strawberry working the cash register at a local doughnut shop. He falls right back into his old habits.