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27th Annual International Film Series

Spring 2016

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

The International Film Series at the University of Richmond is free and open to the public, screening films in Ukrop Auditorium at the Robins School of Business (unless otherwise noted). Friday showings are at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. All films are shown in the original language with English subtitles. Please note the 3:00 p.m. screenings of Cemetery of Splendor (Mar. 18) and Snowpiercer (Apr. 8) will be in Jepson Hall, Room 118.


Friday, January 29 and Sunday, January 31
This Is Not a Film
(Iran, 2011, directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 75 min., not rated)

Trailer / Reviews

Filmmaker Jafar Panahi was sentenced to prison by the Iranian government and banned from his craft for charges of spreading propaganda. Confined to his apartment while awaiting appeal, Panahi simply can’t resist his smartphone and the urge to record his daily life and artistic ideas. Filled with honesty, humor and levity, we see the thorough documentation of his house arrest—technically not a film—that had to be smuggled out of Iran in a cake.


Friday, February 5* and Sunday, February 7
(Poland, 2013, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, 82 min., rated PG-13)

Trailer / Reviews

Before she takes her vows as a nun, young Anna is sent to find her only living relative. Wanda, Anna’s long-lost, bawdy aunt, reveals that Anna’s parents were Jewish and had named her Ida. As Anna struggles with these new revelations and Wanda’s insistence that she partake in worldly pleasures, they set out to unearth more of their family’s tragic past that occurred during the German occupation of Poland.


Friday, February 19 and Sunday, February 21
Planet of Snail
(South Korea, 2012, directed by Seung-jun Yi, 87 min., not rated)

Trailer / Reviews

Deaf and blind, the world is seemingly impossible for accomplished poet Young-Chan to navigate on his own. With just the use of his tactile senses, he must rely on his tiny wife, Soon-Ho, to connect to the world around him. Despite the challenges that arise, they form a very intimate and capable team. But, Soon-Ho knows that she must let Young-Chan brave the world on his own—his next great challenge and adventure.


Sunday, February 28 (One Showing Only at 5:00 p.m.)
Two Days, One Night
(Belgium/France/Italy, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 95 min., rated PG-13)

Trailer / Reviews

Upon returning to her job at a solar-panel factory from an extended mental health absence, Sharon— played by Marion Cotillard—learns that her coworkers will likely vote to accept additional hours and compensation by eliminating Sharon’s position. One weekend is all that stands between her and joblessness. Determined to change her fate, Sharon sets out to persuade each of her 16 coworkers to save her job when they return to work.


Friday, February 26* and Sunday, February 28
About Elly
(Iran, 2009, directed by Asghar Farhadi, 119 min., not rated)

Trailer / Reviews

Elly, a single teacher, is invited to a beach getaway with three couples and their children. Sepeideh, one of Elly’s married friends, plays matchmaker and also invites Ahmad. A budding attraction develops between the two when Elly mysteriously goes missing from the beach. Did she drown or just leave unannounced? Through moments of Hitchcock-esque suspense and plot twists, the group’s camaraderie devolves to bickering, as deceit and animosity are exposed.


Friday, March 18 Sunday and March 20 (3:00 p.m. Friday Screening will be in Jepson Hall, Room 118.)
Cemetery of Splendor
(Thailand, 2015, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 122 min., not rated)

Trailer / Reviews

Rather mysteriously, a group of soldiers who are excavating a building site all fall ill with a narcolepsy-like condition. Keng, a volunteer caring for the soldiers who has psychic abilities, believes that the epidemic is tied to the disturbance of an ancient burial ground of former kings. The soldiers become living ghosts of the dead and illusions of the mind are readily mistaken for reality.


Friday, April 1* and Sunday, April 3
Almanya: Welcome to Germany
(Germany, 2011, directed by Yasemin Şamdereli, 101 min., not rated)

Trailer / Reviews

What constitutes national identity? This is a perplexing question for young Cenk when he is neither chosen for the German nor Turkish soccer teams at his school. And, it’s hard not to be confused when your Turkish grandmother claims German citizenship moments before the family patriarch announces his purchase of a summer home for the family back in Turkey. Humorous cultural misunderstandings season this film that explores one clan’s complex family history.


Friday, April 8* and Sunday, April 10 (3:00 p.m. Friday Screening will be in Jepson Hall, Room 118.)
(South Korea, 2013, directed by Bong Joon Ho, 126 min., rated R)

Trailer / Reviews

An unsuccessful attempt at climate engineering spawns a devastating ice age. The only survivors are those aboard Snowpiercer—a train with a cruel caste system. The sci-fi and action thrills build as members of the train’s lower class start a violent revolt. Curtis, the rebel leader played by Chris Evans, successfully fights his way to the front of the train for a confrontation with Wilford, Snowpiercer’s aging commander, played by Ed Harris.

ChinaFest Film Weekend

February 12–14, 2016 

An annual Richmond-area festival that promotes better understanding and goodwill between the China and the United States, ChinaFest marks its 11th anniversary with a diverse lineup of classic and contemporary Chinese movies:


Friday, February 12, 3 p.m.
The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven
(China, 1964, directed by Wan Laiming, 87 min., not rated)

Trailer / Reviews

Produced by China’s first animator, this Chinese animated classic is an adaptation of Journey to the West (1592), a masterpiece of Chinese vernacular novels. In it, the Monkey King is twice lured to heaven to be monitored and kept in check by the Emperor of the Heavens. To no one’s delight, he releases the horses of the imperial stables and eats the rare peaches of immortality. In retaliation, the Emperor unleashes his wrath by deploying a legion of troops against the Monkey King.


Friday, February 12, 7:30 p.m
No. 89 Shimen Road
(China, 2010, directed by Haolun Shu, 85 min., not rated)

Trailer / Reviews

Set in a close-knit neighborhood of 1980s Shanghai, Xiaoli is lured by the wave of a new cultural revolution fueled by the West. He and the two young women closest to him are forced to grow up quickly, while making decisions that will affect their future. Lanmi scandalously gets involved with foreign businessmen, while Lili wants to join student democracy demonstrations. Xiaoli, meanwhile, is forced to grow up, while leaving behind his dreams.


Saturday, February 13, 10:30 a.m.
The Personals
(Taiwan, 1998, directed by Kuo-Fu Chen, 104 min., not rated)

Trailer Unavilable / Reviews

Who knew it would be so hard to find Mr. Right in a country with a billion people? Isolation amongst the crowd—that’s what leads ophthalmologist Du to blind dating. She places an ad in the personals and embarks on a series of dates that range from comical to absurd. We get close-ups of her eyes and reactions throughout, but soon learn she is blind to the reason for her search.


Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m.
Torch Troupes
(China, 2006, directed by Xin Xu, 110 min., not rated)

Trailer / Reviews

In this documentary on the state of Sichuan Opera, we see the plight of traditional performing artists to survive in parallel with the influx of popular culture. The film follows two opera masters who are now open to performing pop songs and touring in cheap venues. This new change in culture is juxtaposed against the grueling rehearsals and training undertaken to save a genre in Chinese musical heritage.


Sunday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Enter the Dragon
(USA, 1973, directed by Robert Clouse, 102 min., rated R)

Trailer / Reviews

Considered one of the greats in the martial arts film genre and Bruce Lee’s final film, a martial arts master goes undercover to bring down a mob boss. Lee then learns that the crime ring is also responsible for the earlier death of his sister and sets out for vengeance. Through a variety of plot twists, Lee eventually confronts Han, the ringleader, in a room full of mirrors that makes reality difficult to discern.

Additional information on these films and ChinaFest Film Weekend is available online:

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.

African Film Weekend Film Weekend

Friday, September 11 - Saturday, September 12

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

Click HERE for more information

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Paul Porterfield

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