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) 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.

All programs are free and open to the public and no tickets required unless otherwise indicated.

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

Spring 2020 Film Schedule


Feb. 7, 2020, 7 p.m.

Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Korean with English Subtitles, 132m, 2019)

In this comedic thriller from South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Okja, Snowpiercer), an enterprising family from Seoul’s hidden underclass infiltrates the world of the upper middle class and discovers the realities of twenty-first century privilege. The first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Parasite also garnered the 2020 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and is nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Film Editing.

Seat Reservation Required (free)

The Chambermaid

Feb. 14, 2020, 7 p.m.

Directed by Lila Avilés (Spanish with English Subtitles, 102m, 2018)

Set entirely in a high-class hotel, Mexico’s entry into the Academy Awards follows a chambermaid as she attempts to rise through hard work and dedication to duty. Along the way, the film inextricably draws the spectator into the world of the often invisible, yet always on display, working class of the modern service industry.


Feb. 21, 2020, 7 p.m.

Directed by Milko Lazarov (Yakut with English subtitles, 96m, 2018)

In this meditative and revelatory film, elderly indigenous Nanook and his wife attempt to live day by day on the frozen tundra in harmony with a world increasingly thrown out of balance. Co-presented with the “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” Environmental Film Festival

The River and the Wall

Feb. 28, 2020, 7 p.m.

Directed by Ben Masters (English, 2019, 109m)

Worlds collide when two filmmakers, a river guide, a conservationist, and a field ornithologist travel the length of the US-Mexico border to consider the ecological effects of building a border wall. Immersive and engaging, this documentary explores the environmental side of a popular political issue.
This screening will include an introduction and discussion of the film with producer Hillary Pierce.

Part of the “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” Environmental Film Festival

The Freshman

March 6, 2020, 7 p.m.

Directed by Sam Taylor & Fred Newmeyer (Silent with intertitles, 1925, 76 minutes)

In one of the most popular slapstick comedies of the silent era, naive Harold Lamb (comedian Harold Lloyd) goes to college where he learns that in order to stand out, he must first fit in. A precursor to later youth films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Animal House, and The Breakfast Club, The Freshman almost disappeared forever when a federal court ruling ordered that all copies be destroyed.

Presented in a restored version with accompaniment and a discussion after the film with Dr. Christina Petersen (Film Studies, Eckerd College), author of The Freshman: Comedy and Masculinity in 1920s Film and Youth Culture.

Pain and Glory

March 27, 2020, 7 p.m.

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spanish with English subtitles, 113m, 2019)

Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s twenty-first feature follows a familiar figure – a celebrated filmmaker (Antonio Banderas) on the backend of his career – through a series of reunions, some physical, some emotional, that reflect on the intertwined nature of life and art. Chosen by Time magazine as the best film of 2019.

Suburban Birds

April 3, 2020, 7 p.m. – **CANCELLED**

Directed by Sheng Qiu (Mandarin with English subtitles, 119m, 2019)

When a ground disturbance brings a group of surveyors to a mainland suburb, the discovery of a schoolboy’s diary tells a story that connects human and animal, past and present, experience and environment in modern China. The debut feature from Chinese director Sheng Qiu, Suburban Birds is a New York Times critic’s pick.


April 17, 2020, 7 p.m.

Directed by Alex Holmes (English, 93m, 2019)

The true story of the first all-woman sailing crew to participate in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989-1990 is told through first-hand accounts and arresting footage of this groundbreaking achievement. Shortlisted for the 2020 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award.


April 24, 2020, 7 p.m.

A Hidden Life

May 1, 2020, 7 p.m.

Directed by Terrence Malick (English & German, 174m, 2019)

Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life) latest film follows the true story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), whose refusal to swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler during World War II leads to devastating consequences for himself and his family. Immersive in form and contemplative in scope, A Hidden Life asks its audience to consider the reality of what it means to refuse to engage with injustice when it structures the very fabric of a society.

Meet the Coordinator

Christina Petersen
Christian Nielsen Associate Professor of Film Studies