Three great films this week, brought to you by International Lens!
Tuesday, March 27
Presented by: Dr. Virginia Scott, Professor of French
France, Italy (2009) Dir: Mona Acache. Inspired by The New York Times best seller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. The timely story of Paloma, a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father-s old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, her unlikely friendship with a grumpy concierge helps her to come of age in a different light. French with English subtitles. Not rated. 100 mins.
Wednesday, March 28
6 Easy Pieces
Presented by: Jonathan Rattner, Assistant Professor, Film Studies Program
USA, Italy, Portugal (2000) Dir: Jon Jost. Six short sketches investigate the boundaries of filmmaking. Jost looks with his digital painter-s eye at: the Bernini columns on St. Peter-s Basilica in Rome, two swimming Roman girls who dream of California, the light on two children in school uniforms in Lisbon, the arrival of a mediocre archi- tect in Venice during some incredible mist, the Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, among other subjects. English, Portuguese with English subtitles. Not rated. 68 mins. DVD. Partial funding provided by the Film Studies Program. Jon Jost will be present to lead the post-screening discussion.
Saturday, March 31
Presented by: Dr. Michael Kreyling, Professor of English
USA (1975) Dir: Robert Altman. Spins together plot strands involving two-dozen musicians and hangers-on over the course of one particularly busy weekend in Music City, USA. Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated individuals prepare for a political rally as secrets surface and lies are revealed. English. Rated R. 159 mins. Fund- ing provided by the Department of English.