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.
Spring 2018 Schedule
The Other Side of Hope
Friday, February 9, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Written, produced, and directed by Aki Kaurismäki (Finnish, Arabic, and English with English subtitles, 100 minutes, 2017)
The newest film from Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Lights in the Dusk) applies the director’s signature deadpan humor to the contemporary refugee crisis. The film follows two men, salesman-turned-restauranteur Waldemar (Sakari Kuosmanen) and Syrian refugee Khaled (Sherwan Haji) who meet while searching for new beginnings in a world made static by cultural divides. Kaurismäki won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival for this comic meditation on home.
The Florida Project
Friday, March 2, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Sean Baker (English, 109 minutes, 2017)
In the shadow of the happiest place on earth, defiant young mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) and her equally rebellious six-year-old daughter Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) challenge the traditional notion of home as they hash out their existence at a welfare hotel near Disney World, apologizing to no one along the way. This latest feature from director Sean Baker (Tangerine, Prince of Broadway, Starlet) was chosen as one of the top 10 films of 2017 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. Willem Dafoe also stars in a Golden Globe nominated performance as the handyman who can fix everything but his own life.
March 9, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Ruben Östlund (Swedish, Danish, and English with English subtitles, 151 minutes, 2017)
Inspired in part by an actual art installation, The Square depicts the personal struggles of a Stockholm art curator (Claes Bang) to show trust, care, and understanding to those in his life while professionally promoting a new exhibition about these very values. Along the way he confronts his own animal instincts when an attempt to recover a lost cell phone leads to the dehumanization of a young boy. As in his previous film, Force Majeure, director Ruben Östlund holds a mirror to polite society and asks us not to turn away when we see ourselves. Elizabeth Moss costars in this Palme d’Or winner at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Pitch Her’s Riveter Series: The Bodies We Live In
April 13, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Co-sponsored with Pitch Her Productions, a St. Petersburg and New York-based non-profit production company that promotes the advancement of women in the film industry, this screening event features a variety of female-driven film content exploring the nuances of aging, body image, and presentation versus perception. The screening will be followed by a filmmaker panel moderated by Pitch Her Productions.
April 20, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Agnès Varda and JR (French with English subtitles, 89 minutes, 2017)
Feminist, photographer, artist, and legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7, The Gleaners and I, La Pointe Courte) and mysterious photo artist JR collaborate in a simple road movie in which they create large portraits of communities that they plaster on their surroundings. Part odd couple story and part street art documentary, Faces Places has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was listed as one of Time Magazine’s top 10 films of 2017.
April 27, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Written, produced, and directed by Valeska Grisebach (Germany and Bulgarian with English subtitles, 100 minutes, 2017)
In a modern reimagining of the Hollywood genre, Western tells the story of German construction worker Meinhard (Meinhard Neumann) who takes a job on a Bulgarian jobsite with a ragtag crew of fellow expats. The would-be settlers soon find themselves in tension with the locals and Meinhard must decide, like the frontiersmen of old, where his loyalties lie. Also produced by Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), Western screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
May 4, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Nora Twomey (English, 93 minutes, 2017)
In Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in 2001, a young girl challenges social norms by dressing as a boy in order to support her family after her father is arrested. Winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Best Animated Feature award, The Breadwinner is an unflinching portrait of triumph in adversity that employs the beauty of animation to expose the ugliest of truths. A film that reminds us that the power of stories is to suggest that the world has not always been the way it is now.