International Film Series Features Nine Stories Told in Six Languages
Foreign film fans will have the opportunity to view nine subtitled films in six languages as Baldwin Wallace University hosts the annual International Film Series on back to back weekends, Friday-Sunday, February 3-5 and Friday-Saturday, February 10-11, in Marting Hall, Room 114, 50 Seminary St., Berea. All shows are free and open to the public. An opening reception will take place Friday, February 3 at 5 p.m., with additional receptions between screenings on February 4, 10 and 11.
The scheduled films are:
||Friday, February 3 at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Opening Reception)
LE HAVRE; Directed by Aki Kaurismaki
France/Finland, 2011; 93 minutes; Not Rated; In French
In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws a young African refugee into the path of Marcel Marx, a well-spoken bohemian and shoe shiner. Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation in this political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carne.
Sponsored by French Club
||Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
GANG DE QIN (THE PIANO IN A FACTORY); Directed by Zhang Meng
China, 2011; 105 minutes; Not Rated; In Mandarin
When Chen's estranged wife reappears asking for a divorce and custody of their musician/daughter, the girls decide she will live with whoever can provide her with a piano. When Chen's efforts to borrow money and steal a piano fail, he concocts a plan to make a piano! He persuades a bunch of reluctant, but loyal, misfit friends to help him forge the instrument. Though crude in design and tune, the piano awaits its first and final performance from his little girl. http://www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=258
|Saturday, February 4 at 5 p.m.
KOKOWAAH; Directed by Til Schweiger
Germany, 2011; 123 minutes; Not Rated; In German
Kokowaah concerns the travails of Henry, an established author of fiction, who must deal with the emergence of his 8-year-old daughter Magdalena, the previously unknown product of a one-night indiscretion. Henry also is working on the adaptation of a famous best-selling novel and reconciling with his ex-girlfriend and writing collaborator Katharina. Little Magdalena, still in the state of shock, loves her foster father Tristan, but evolves a relationship with Henry and that is eventually described as "Kokowaah," the German pronounciation for the French meal "Coq au vin."
||Saturday, February 4 at 7:30p.m. (reception at 7 p.m.)
PEGASE (PEGASUS); Directed by Mohamed Mouftakir
Morocco, 2010; 104 minutes; Not Rated; In Arabic
Rihana, a young woman who is born and raised in the countryside, finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after suffering a traumatic experience. She is convinced that she is pregnant and believes her pregnancy has been blessed by the "Lord of the Horse," a revered spirit in the fairytale stories told by her father. The psychiatrist handling Rihana's case, attempts to uncover the truth about her painful past and, in the process, becomes embroiled in a situation that spirals out of control. Pegasus is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2012 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.
|Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m.
INCENDIES; Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Canada/France, 2010; 130 minutes; Rated R; In Arabic, French
A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of their voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.
||Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m.
LE HERISSON (THE HEDGEHOG); Directed by Mona Achache
France/Italy, 2009; 100 minutes; Not Rated; In French
Paloma is a serious, highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents her life, drawing trenchant and often hilarious observations on the world around her. But as her appointment with death approaches, Paloma meets some kindred spirits in her building's grumpy janitor and an enigmatic neighbor, both of whom inspire Paloma to question her pessimistic outlook on life.
Sponsored by French Club
||Friday, February 10 at 8:15 p.m. (reception at 7:45 p.m.)
BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA (THE LAST CIRCUS); Directed by Alex de la Iglesia
Spain/France, 2010, 107 minutes; Rated R; In Spanish
In the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War, a "Happy" circus clown is interrupted in mid-performance and forcibly led into battle, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon of soldiers. Fast forward to 1973. Javier, son of the clown, dreams of following in his father's career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy and is only equipped to play the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, suffers the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown, Sergio, and falls in love with Sergio's gorgeous acrobat wife.
Sponsored by HASA
||Saturday, February 11 at 6 p.m.
LE QUATTRO VOLTE (THE FOUR TIMES); Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino
Italy/Germany/Switzerland, 2010; 88 minutes; Not Rated; In Italian
Inspired by Pythagoras's belief in four-fold transmigration -- by which the soul is passed from human to animal to vegetable to mineral -- Michelangelo Frammartino's wondrous docu-essay traces the cycle of life through the daily rituals of life in the southern Italian region of Calabria.
||Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. (reception at 7:30 p.m.)
GOETHE! (YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE); Directed by Philipp Stolzl
Germany, 2010; 100 minutes; Not Rated; In German
In 1772 Germany, the young Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet but, after failing his law exams, is sent to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior. Then, Lotte enters his life and nothing is the same. But, the young lovers are unaware that her father has already promised Lotte's hand to another man.
The Baldwin Wallace University International Film Series is a student organization funded by the Student Government. The organization receives support from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the following sponsors: French Club, HASA, and the Global Film Initiative.
For further information, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages at 440-826-2244, Dr. Nadia Sahely at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Stephen Hollender at email@example.com, or Molly Haragan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions to campus, visit www.bw.edu/quickfacts/directions.