27th Annual International Film Series

Fall 2015

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, emailing parking@richmond.edu or completing the online visitor vehicle registration form.

Someone in Love

Friday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 6
Russia, 2014, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
140 min., Rated R
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A story of love and tragedy, local mechanic Kolya is forced to fight a corrupt mayor set on confiscating his property for a mysterious project. His legal struggles are only the beginning.  Troubles creep up in other areas of his life. As Kolya begins to realize the magnitude of the situation, he must accept that his personal leviathan will end up taking more than his house and land.

Hannah Arendt

Friday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 20
Hannah Arendt
Germany, 2012, directed by Margarethe von Trotta
113 min., NR
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A biographical drama, this film tells the story of the German-Jewish intellectual Hannah Arendt as she covers the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Expecting a larger-than-life villain, she is surprised and captivated by Eichmann’s ordinary appearance and persona. Arendt’s published writings are met with deep criticism for her portrayal of Eichmann as a man without motives, which ignites deep tension in many of her personal and professional relationships.

Black Coal Thin Ice

Friday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 4
Black Coal, Thin Ice
China, 2014, directed by Diao Yinan
110 min., NR

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Detective Zhang Zili sustains serious injuries while investigating a horrific murder case at a coal plant. Years later and no longer a cop, his life returns to normal when the killer strikes again. Zili is determined to redeem himself for the unsolved mystery. While independently investigating, he tracks down and, subsequently, falls in love with a woman who has ties to all of the victims. Uncovering the truth puts him in great danger.


Friday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 18
Mexico, 2014, directed by Alonso Ruiz Palacios 
105 min., NR

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While engaging in unorthodox ways of killing time during a lengthy university strike, students Sombra and Santos must unexpectedly take in Sombra’s young bother Tomas. Their aimless lifestyle is turned on its head when Tomas convinces Sombra and Santos to help him search for an ailing folk-rock hero. Their journey throughout Mexico City becomes an enlightening, if comical, trip of inner discovery.

Salt of the Earth

Friday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 25
The Salt of the Earth
France/Brazil/Italy, 2014, directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
110 min., Rated PG-13
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Photographer Sebastião Salgado is widely known for his black-and-white photo journalism projects that have taken him around the world. For 40 years, he has witnessed and captured major international news stories and conflicts that define history, recently turning to photography of pristine landscapes, flora, and fauna. Directed by his son and German director Wim Wenders, this documentary features many of Salgado’s iconic photos along with his keen insight on the events he has witnessed.

The Great Beauty

Friday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 8
The Great Beauty
Italy, 2013, directed by Paolo Sorrentino
140 min., NR

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Jep Gambardella has it all. He’s an accomplished writer, socialite, and the life of every party in Rome’s vibrant nightlife. His lavish lifestyle is seemingly bigger than life and the envy of those around him. Yet, his social rank and trademark cutting wit are no match for time. On his 65th birthday, Jep finds himself empty and thinking back on a lifetime of squandered opportunity.

O Mestre e o Divino

Friday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 15
O Mestre e o Divino
Brazil, 2013, directed by Tiago Campos
 85 min., NR

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Divino is an indigenous Brazilian and Adalberto a German missionary living for more than 50 years among the Xavante people. Brought together by an interest in filmmaking, this odd couple is devoted to documenting the daily life of the Xavante people in western Brazil. But, their relationship isn’t without contention. This documentary captures the humor, conflict, and mutual respect they share despite vastly different worldviews.

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Friday, September 11 - Saturday, September 12

Join us in celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the African Film Weekend.

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Remembering A Friend

Rembering Paul Porterfield

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