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International Lens

International Lens, a film series with a global perspective, uses film screenings as a forum to promote conversation among Vanderbilt’s diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. International Lens strives to transcend geographic, ethnic, religious, linguistic, and political boundaries by facilitating conversation and greater cross-cultural understanding through cinema. The series is a partnership among the Office of the Dean of students and academic departments, centers, and programs.

Admission is FREE.

All films are open to the public. All films in Sarrett Cinema at 7:30 p.m, unless otherwise noted.

For parking maps and additional information visit www.vanderbilt.edu/internationallens or call 322-6400.

Pop Goes The Easel
Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
Presented by: Courtney J. Martin, Assistant Professor, History of Art

Ken Russell’s first full-length documentary for the BBC’s arts series Monitor. It focuses on four British Pop Artists – Peter Blake, Peter Philips, Pauline Boty, and Derek Boshier. Revolutionary in his approach, he developed a whole range of new techniques to capture and reflect the excitement and energy of these young artists, which was cutting edge back in 1962, but are now part of the very heart of documentary-making. A beautiful film that captures these artists, their work, and the start of the swinging sixties perfectly.

English. Unrated. 44 mins. DVD. 

The Unknown Woman
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
Presented by: Elsa Filosa, Assistant Professor of Italian, Department of French & Italian

Italy (2006) Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore. A Ukrainian woman named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of a young, affluent Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple’s trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about the family. Like an intricately constructed jigsaw puzzle, it reveals piece by piece the enigma of Irena’s past. The final act is guaranteed to astonish and satisfy. 

Italian and Ukrainian with English subtitles. Rated R. 118 mins. DVD.


The Magic Life
Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
Presented by: The director of the film, Nelson Cheng

USA and China (2012) Dir: Nelson Cheng. Chronicling the journey of three magician hopefuls, the film depicts the challenges of following an unconventional career path. Forget about parents, family, or friends who may not understand or support your choices — there’s almost an invisible societal pressure in terms of what types of jobs are acceptable. Those willing to risk everything to take the road not normally taken shows that sometimes the risk pays off, sometimes it doesn’t.

English and Chinese with English subtitles. Unrated. 71 mins. DVD.