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International Film Series: "A Fantastic Woman"
INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES (IFS): Now in its 33rd season, the IFS offers Richmond audiences access to expert-curated, contemporary and classic films from around the world, uniquely paired with commentary and audience discussion. Free and open to the public, all films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.
Fall 2021 Announcement

As a result of current pandemic conditions, the International Film Series (IFS) will continue to screen films on a streaming basis during the Fall 2021 semester. Details and sceduling are listed below.

A Fantastic Woman

STREAMING NOVEMBER 15-19, 2021

A Fantastic Woman

Dir. Sebastián Lelio, Chile, 2017, 104 min.

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. After celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill, is rushed to the emergency room, and passes away. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is treated with suspicion by the doctors and Orlando's family, even forbidden from attending the funeral. As a trans woman, Marina struggles for the right to be herself - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

Machuca

STREAMING NOVEMBER 15-19, 2021

Machuca

Dir. Andrés Wood, Chile, 2005, 116 min.

Santiago, Chile, 1973: Pedro Machuca is a poor boy of indigenous descent, brought into an upper class private school during Chile's brief socialist era. Gonzalo, the well-to-do boy seated a row ahead, befriends Pedro and his neighbor Silvana against the bullying will of his classmates. In so doing, he discovers a thrilling but wildly complicated world outside his sheltered homelife. As Chile drifts towards civil war, all three children face moral tests beyond their young capacities.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

STREAMING OCTOBER 11-18, 2021

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Dir. Céline Sciamma, France, 2019, 122 min.

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

Kufid

STREAMING NOVEMBER 1-7, 2021

Kufid

Dir. Elia Moutamid, Italy, 2020, 57 min.

After a few weeks spent in Morocco in search of places and stories for his next film, Moroccan Italian director Elia Moutamid returns to his hometown, Brescia, in Italy. His original plan to make a movie about how urban planning could change human habits is disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, he reflects upon the impact of the pandemic on national belonging, sense of community and everyday life.

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The International Film Series is sponsored by the University of Richmond Office of International Education (OIE) and Boatwright Memorial Library.