25th Annual International Film Series

Spring 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.


Friday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 26
Germany, 2012, directed by Christian Petzold
105 min., PG-13
Trailer / Reviews /  UR Library Catalog Search

East Germany in 1980: Physician Barbara is banished to a country hospital after applying for an exit visa from the German Democratic Republic, which ends her career in East Berlin.  She suspects her kindly new boss, Andre, is spying on her for the secret police. Frustrated, Barbara finds comfort only in her secret rendezvous with her West German lover, Jörg, who is planning her escape. Surrounded by informants and patients as desperately trapped as she is, Barbara must decide where the truth lies.

Loose Cannons

Friday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 2
Loose Cannons
Italy, 2010, directed by Ferzan Ozpetek
110 min., NR
Trailer / Reviews / UR Library Catalog Search

In this comedy drama, Tommaso leads a life in Rome far different from the one his bourgeois family in southern Italy knows. He reveals to his brother, Antonio, that he is gay and plans to tell their family that evening. Antonio turns the tables at dinner and shares his own shocking news, and their father has a heart attack.  Forced to hide the truth to preserve his father’s health, Tommaso juggles disappointment, running the family business, visits from his lover, and female overtures for his attention.

ilo ilo

Friday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 9
Ilo Ilo
Sinapore, 2013, directed by Anthony Chen
99 min., NR

Trailer / Reviews / UR Library Catalog Search

A troubled Singapore family strives to adapt to life with their new maid, Teresa, whose presence unexpectedly plunges the household into disarray during the onset of the 1997 Asian financial crisis.  Surprisingly, after something of a rocky start to their relationship, Teresa and the family’s unruly adolescent son Jiale manage to get along; however, the looming financial meltdown threatens to change everything.


Friday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 16
South Africa, 2011, directed by Avie Luthra 
100 min., NR
Trailer / Reviews / UR Library Catalog Search

How could a recently orphaned, homeless boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky promises to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city, he falls in with Padma, an elderly Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, they develop an unlikely bond.

key of life

Friday, February 28 and Sunday, March 2
Key of Life
Japan, 2012, directed by Kenji Uchida
128 min., NR
Trailer / Reviews / UR Library Catalog Search

A case of stolen identity and one determined bride-to-be intersect in this comedic escapade from famed Japanese filmmaker Kenji Uchida.  Actor Sakurai is out of work, out of luck, and can’t even succeed at taking his own life. When a mysterious man named Kondo slips and falls at the bathhouse, Sakurai switches locker keys and identities with him. As the truth about Kondo and Sakurai comes to light, they must scramble to resolve the chaos of the topsy turvy chain of events.

patience stone

Friday, March 21 and Sunday, March 23
**Friday showings will be held in Jepson Hall, Room 118**
The Patience Stone
Afghanistan, 2013, directed by Atiq Rahimi
98 min., NR

Trailer / Reviews / UR Library Catalog Search 

The place is an unnamed city where warring Muslim factions have turned neighborhoods into battlegrounds. As unnamed as the city, an impoverished woman takes care of her older husband who is paralyzed from a bullet and, for all practical purposes, is at her mercy. She uses this power to force him to listen to her for the first time in their lives. Inspired by her aunt and a story of a stone that absorbs its teller’s secrets until it shatters, she starts confessing even more dangerous truths.


Friday, March 28 and Sunday, March 30
The Rocket
Australia/Laos, 2013, directed by Kim Mordaunt
96 min., NR
Trailer / Reviews / UR Library Catalog Search

Ahlo is a young boy with some serious baggage; from as long as he can remember, his family has claimed he was cursed. Fleeing into rural Laos with his father and grandmother as their village is emptied out to make way for a new dam, the trip happens across a rocket contest that captivates young Ahlo’s imagination. But this competition has an air of danger, and as Ahlo prepares for the big day, the risk only seems to grow.

Childs pose

Friday, April 4 and Sunday, April 6
Child's Pose
Romania, 2013, directed by Calin Peter Netzer
112 min., NR
Trailer / Reviews / UR Library Catalog Search

Wealthy Bucharest architect Cornelia fights to keep Barbu, her adult son, out of jail following a careless car accident that claims the life of a child. The harder Cornelia works to convince everyone involved that Barbu wasn’t speeding, the more she begins to believe her own blatant deceptions. A nuanced study of unconditional love, Child’s Pose was the recipient of the prestigious Golden Bear award at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

Miss a movie shown at a previous International Film Series?

Click HERE for links to titles available for check-out to patrons of Boatwright Library and the Media Resource Center.

Like the MRC on Facebook

Chinafest Weekend February 21-23

Friday and Sunday Screenings:
Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business

Saturday Screenings:
Adams Auditorium, Boatwright Memorial Library

Friday, Feb. 21 - 3:00 p.m.
Feng Shui
China, 2012, directed by Wang Jing
120 min., Not Rated

Friday, Feb. 21 - 7:30 p.m
11 Flowers
China, 2011, directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
110 min., Not rated

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m.
Caught in the Web
China, 2012, directed by Kaige Chen
117 min., Not Rated

Saturday, Feb. 22 - 1:30 p.m.
The Bullet Vanishes
China/Hong Kong, 2013, directed by Law Chi-Leung
104 min., Rated R

Sunday, Feb. 23 - 7:30 p.m.
Touch of Sin
China, 2013, directed by Jia Zhangke
133 min., Not Rated