International Film Series
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online visitor vehicle registration form.
Billed both as a post-noir excursion with a "pulp feel" and a romantic whodunit, this feature was produced as homage to various thriller writers and to Marilyn Monroe. David, a crime author with writer’s block, winds up stranded in snowy Mouthe, a place where the locals all have something to hide. The director toys with the conventions of the traditional thriller while lacing the movie with wit and visual influence from the Coen brothers’ Fargo.
Bianca is an actress waiting for her big break while working for an event agency that sends her out clothed like Carmen Miranda and Betty Paige. Despite these humiliations, Bianca is a woman who excels at her craft and has the drive and determination to make the camera love her. Will she get her break? And, will that break give her the opportunity to develop her artistry?
Friday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 10
**Friday screenings to be held in ADAMS AUDITORIUM in the Media Resource Center, Boatwright Memorial Library**
The Loneliest Planet
Germany, 2012, directed by Julia Loktev
113 min., NR
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An apparently healthy relationship dives into crisis in this drama about a 20-something couple hiking on holiday through the wilderness near the Caucasus Mountains. They cross paths with a group of hunters, leading to a shocking incident after which nothing is the same.
Friday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 17
**Friday screening will be held in Jepson Hall, Rooms 118/120**
Life, Above All
South Africa, 2011, directed by Oliver Schmitz
106 min., Rated PG-13
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A 12-year-old child tries to hold her family together against prejudice, disease, and ignorance in this drama from South Africa. Chanda has already been forced to take on many of the responsibilities of an adult in her household. Despite her dire circumstances, most of her neighbors offer little sympathy and think the best solution is to separate her from her mother. Adapted from a novel by Allan Stratton, Life, Above All was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Love and danger unexpectedly meet in this Hitchcockian, offbeat thriller with comic elements. Sonia arrives in Turin looking for a boyfriend. She soon finds Guido, a security guard who shares her belief that when the hour and minute hands of the clock strike the same numbers, it’s a sign of good luck. What do they do when luck takes a turn for the worse? The Double Hour was an official selection at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.
Lonesome, middle-aged, shy Antonio is picked on and ridiculed. Joining a self-improvement group almost by accident, he slowly confirms what this sly and involving animated story illustrates: everything is in motion, and change is all but inevitable. The question becomes what use one might make of it.
A family drama unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion held to commemorate the death of their son and brother who was taken before his time. As the festive gathering commences, and the family matriarch lays out a lavish meal, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bond this family as powerfully as love.
A girl has her world turned upside down in this comedy-drama when she moves from Switzerland to Calabria, Italy. Desperate to fit in, 12-year-old Marta delves into Catholicism and begins to study for her confirmation. Hoping to win the local priest’s favor, she tags along to help him pick up a cross for an upcoming festival, but the day doesn’t go smoothly for either of them. Corpo Celeste was an official selection at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
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Friday, Feb. 22 - 3:00 p.m.
The Piano in a Factory
China, 2011, directed by Zhang Meng
119 min., Not Rated
Friday & Sunday, Feb. 22 & 24 - 7:30 p.m
Mao's Last Dancer
Australia, 2010, directed by Bruce Beresford
117 min., rated PG
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:00 a.m.
China, 2010, directed by Li Yu
105 min., Not Rated
Saturday, Feb. 23 - 1:00 p.m.
Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
China, 2010, directed by Wilson Yip Wai-Shun
108 min., Rated R
Latin America in the Movies
Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3
Robins School of Business
Latin America in the Movies is a three-day film festival that brings to Richmond 16 films (feature and documentary) from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay, Italy, France, Switzerland, and the United States. The films will be screened and presented by filmmakers and specialists.
For titles and show times, visit: filmstudies.richmond.edu.