26th Annual International Film Series

Fall 2014

Sponsored by the University of Richmond's Media Resource Center and the Office of International Education.

Free and open to the public, all films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

Parking Information

A limited number of visitor parking spaces are available in lot R10 (adjacent to the Robins School of Business). Visitors can also obtain a guest parking pass by contacting University Parking Services at (804) 289-8703, email parking@richmond.edu or complete the online visitor vehicle registration form.

Miele

Friday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 14
Miele (aka Honey)
Italy, 2013, directed by Valeria Golino
95 min., NR
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An Italian woman, who works under the code name Honey, specializes in assisted suicides for the terminally ill. She experiences an acute crisis of conscience after learning that her latest client, an aged man, has manipulated her. They are unwillingly locked in an intense relationship, which will change her life forever.

Una Noche

Friday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 21
Una Noche
Cuba, 2012, directed by Lucy Mulloy
86 min., NR
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Convinced that dilapidated Havana holds no future for them, desperate teens Raul and Elio plot their escape to the dreamland of Miami, only 90 miles away from their families’ lives of poverty, illness, and prostitution. For Elio, leaving Cuba means leaving his twin sister, Lila, the only person who has remained loyal to him. In the colorful, steamy city, pressure mounts as they attempt to disentangle themselves from trouble, family, and Havana.

Missing Picture

Friday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 28
The Missing Picture
Cambodia, 2013, directed by Rithy Panh
96 min., NR

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Director Rithy Panh uses his innovative storytelling method in this documentary to create a personal reflection and historical study of the atrocities committed upon the people during the Khmer Rouge regime. Only propaganda footage remains from the recorded artifacts from this era. Panh uses beautifully detailed, sculpted clay figurines and elaborate dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory. The Missing Picture is the first Cambodian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Last Days

Friday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 19
The Last Days
Spain, 2013, directed by David and Alex Pastor 
100 min., NR
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Barcelona’s streets are empty in the wake of a catastrophic event that keeps humanity physically and psychologically trapped indoors to avoid instant death. Caught at work during the onslaught, Marc survives months living with his coworkers in an office building until he finally decides to venture through the city in search of his girlfriend. He convinces his colleague Enrique to join him. The two pick their way through the city’s underbelly with peril at every turn in this post-apocalyptic thriller.

Watchtower

Friday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 26
*Friday Screen Location: Jepson Hall, Room 118**

Watchtower
Turkey, 2012, directed byPelin Esmer
100 min., NR
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This character study follows two haunted individuals determined to escape their troubled pasts. Their lives intersect at an observation tower located in a forest where Nihat treasures his solitude. He comes to know Seher, a bus hostess at a rural station she calls home. Together, they find comfort from their tragedies. “Watchtower is a finely crafted film about love born out of loss, guilt, and a sense of responsibility.” –Chale Nafus, Austin Film Society

Kid with a Bike

Friday, Oct 31 and Sunday, Nov. 2
The Kid With a Bike
Belgium, 2011, directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
87 min., NR

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Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, this film takes an unsentimental view of children. Stubborn Cyril is an orphan who longs to be reunited with his father and cannot accept his circumstances. Cyril’s rebelliousness and search for a father figure takes its toll on those around him, especially Samantha, a salon worker who agrees to keep him weekends. Eventually he falls in with Wes, who has selfish plans for Cyril.

Lunchbox

Friday, Nov 7 and Sunday, Nov. 9
The Lunchbox
India, 2013, directed by Ritesh Batra
105 min., Rated PG
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A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famous, efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, with Saajan, a government accountant nearing retirement. Their originally tentative notes passed at lunch turn into a virtual relationship. After seeing this feel-good movie, you will long for a lunchbox from Ila’s aromatic kitchen, seasoned with hope, to be delivered to your own desk.

Aliyah

Friday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 16
 Aliyah
 
France, 2012, directed by Elie Wajeman
 90 min., NR
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Alex lives in a working-class Parisian neighborhood and sells drugs for a living, continuously paying off the debts of his brother Isaac. A chance to put this life behind him arises when his cousin announces plans to open a restaurant in Tel Aviv. Torn over leaving, Alex finds his back against the wall and prepares to make the next fateful step toward an uncertain future.

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