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 2017 Schedule
Friday, February 10, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Kelly Reichardt (English, 107 minutes, 2016)
The sixth feature from Miami-born director and screenwriter Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Night Moves), Certain Women offers a meditation on the intersections between gender and class in contemporary America. Through three intersecting stories of women who bridge the divide between the middle and working class in the rural US, Reichardt shines a gentle light on issues and areas that often escape notice in more mainstream films. Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams star in this 2016 Sundance Film Festival selection.
Friday, March 3, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Barry Jenkins (English, 111 minutes, 2016)
Winner of the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Drama and selected by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2016, Moonlight follows the experiences of Chiron (played in three stages by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes), a young African American gay man growing up in the drug-ravaged Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. Through the film’s simple structure, we watch Chiron grow up and reinvent himself at every stage as he attempts to discern the line between his true self and what the world tells him a man must be.
Right Now, Wrong Then
Friday, March 10, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Hong Sang-soo (Korean with English subtitles, 121 minutes, 2015)
The latest feature by Korean director Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, Our Sunhi), Right Now, Wrong Then offers two versions of the same bare plot: a famous film director travels to a suburb of Seoul to show one of his films and meets a budding painter with whom he flirts both romantically and artistically. Taken separately, each is a simple episode in the life of an artist but when compared, the differences between the two demonstrate how small choices add up to different results in people as much as events. Right Now, Wrong Then won the Golden Leopard at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival.
Friday, March 17, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Pablo Larraín (Spanish with English subtitles, 107 minutes, 2016)
From the director of Jackie, Neruda focuses on the relationship between art and politics in post-World War II Chile. After criticizing the sitting president in a speech to the National Congress in 1948, Chilean poet and Communist senator, Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), retreated into hiding. Neruda traces his struggle to continue to connect with life and his likeminded followers alongside the dogged attempts of a fascist policeman (Gael García Bernal) to track him down. Selected as the Chilean entry to the 2017 Academy Awards.
Friday, April 7, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Asghar Farhadi (Persian with English subtitles, 125 minutes, 2016)
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (About Elly, A Separation) again presents a simple premise that transforms into a theatrical reflection on modern Iranian life, only in this case, the theatricality is literal. A husband, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and wife, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), who are starring in a community production of Death of a Salesman, move to a new apartment where the former tenant has left more than just her belongings. The Salesman mines this situation for its truths about the human condition as love, hate, and revenge come to the fore in the arresting conclusion. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards.
Mountains May Depart
Friday, April 21, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Jia Zhangke (Cantonese, Mandarin, and English with English subtitles, 131 minutes, 2015)
Set in three different time periods Mountains May Depart follows a trio of friends, Shen Tao (Tao Zhao), a stylish young woman, Zhang (Yi Zhang), her wealthy admirer, and Liangzi (Jing Dong Liang), Tao’s working class soulmate, from New Year’s Eve 1999 to 2014 to 2025. Like Zhangke’s earlier films, Mountains May Depart reflects on modern China’s class conflict, only now through the inexorable flow of time rather than through the visceral effects of violence.
April 28, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Directed by Maren Ade (German with English subtitles, 162 minutes, 2016)
Named the best film of 2016 by Sight & Sound, Ade’s comedy asks what it would mean if we defined what it means to be human not in terms of one’s achievements but as a state of being open to improvisation. When Winfried Conradi (Peter Simonischek) finds his daughter, Ines (Sandra Hüller), disconnected not only from her family but what he considers a good life, he takes on the persona of wacky corporate coach “Toni Erdmann.” Through this alter ego, Winfried gently disrupts Ines’s routine at every turn to often hilarious results. Along the way Ines learns to live through the rules of improvisation, finally accepting these interruptions as the stuff of life. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards, Toni Erdmann won five European Film Awards, including the first Best Film Award to be won by a film directed by a woman.
May 5, 2017 – 7 pm..
The latest offering by Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, Only Lovers Left Alive) follows poet and bus driver Paterson (Adam Driver) over the course of a week as he works out a new set of poems and helps his wife start a new hobby and business. Poetic in its form as well as its narrative, Paterson meditates on the nature of art not as a job but as a way of living and seeing the world that informs the simple look of the film itself. The film will be introduced by Dr. Dan Spoth, Assistant Professor of Literature, Eckerd College.