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The VisitorThe Visitor

Wednesday, September 2
Presented by:
Amnesty International, Vanderbilt Chapter; facilitated by: Gregory Barz, Associate Professor of Musicology, Blair School of Music and Faculty Head of House, North Hall, The Commons
USA (2008) Dir: Thomas McCarthy.
A homeless Syrian musician, Tarek, and his Senegalese girlfriend take up residence in the apartment of an aging academic, Walter. The two men’s friendship deepens as the young musician teaches the older man to play the African drum. The young man and his music awaken Walter to a new world, so when Tarek, an undocumented immigrant, is arrested and held for deportation, Walter finds himself compelled to help his friend. In English, French, Arabic, and Russian with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 104 minutes.

Planet B-BoyPlanet B-Boy

Friday, September 4
Join us for a Hip Hop Dance Demo immediately following the screening!
Presented by: Korean Students and Scholars Association, Vanderbilt Dance Program
USA (2008) Dir: Benson Lee.
Welcome to the international world of “b-boying,” the New York street dance, also known as breakdancing, which has become a medium of expression for young people around the world. Unfolding against the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Seoul and Las Vegas are the stories of young men who struggle to realize their dreams despite the misunderstanding of society and their families. The b-boys’ lives collide in Germany where their skills are put to the ultimate test as crews from 18 nations vie to be World Champion. English. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Funding provided in part by Vanderbilt Student Government and the Multicultural Leadership Council.

The Silence Before BachThe Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach)

Wednesday, September 9
Presented by: Robert Fry, Senior Lecturer, Blair School of Music
Spain (2007) Dir: Pere Portabella.
A promenade through eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century Europe guided by the music of J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn. Arising from a defined musical structure, this film looks at the profound relationship between image and music, where the latter is not merely conceived as subsidiary to the image but is a subject of narration in its own right. In Spanish, German, and Catalan with English subtitles. Not Rated. 102 minutes. Financial support provided by Mimi and Scott Manzler.

Quantum HoopsQuantum Hoops

Dean of Students Special Event
Thursday, September 10

Presented by: Vandy Fanatics. Post-Screening panelists: Melanie Balcomb, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball; Kevin Stallings, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball; A.J. Ogilvy, A&S undergraduate member of Men’s Basketball team; moderated by David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Program in the Communication of Science and Technology, and Vanderbilt Faculty Senate representative to the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics
USA (2007) Dir: Rick Greenwald.
The Caltech Men’s Basketball team hasn’t won a conference game in 22 years, which adds up to more than 250 losses. But then its roster boasts more high school valedictorians than high school basketball starters. Nevertheless, these overachievers prove they have as much desire to win a game as they have to earn a Nobel Prize. The panel discussion will focus on how the Vanderbilt basketball teams strike their own balance between rigorous academic and athletic programs, and how student-athletes succeed on the court and in the classroom. English. 85 minutes. DVD. Funding provided in part by Vandy Fanatics.

My Stepbrother is a FrankensteinMy Stepbrother is a Frankenstein (Moi svodnyi brat Frankenstein)

Wednesday, September 16
Presented by: Irina Makoveeva, Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian, Germanic & Slavic Languages Department
Russia (2004) Dir: Valerii Todorovskii.
Fresh from the war in Chechnya, 20-year-old Pavel arrives in Moscow to be fitted for an artificial eye and to find his father, Iulik, a physicist who is now a popular science author. Iulik has a happy, middle-class family life and is unaware that an adulterous fling two decades earlier produced a son. The reactions of Iulik and his family and friends to Pavel’s arrival represent a microcosm of societal attitudes toward traumatized veterans – a contradictory mix of gratitude, aversion, admiration, and fear. In Russian with English subtitles. Not rated. 120 minutes. Funding provided in part by Germanic & Slavic Languages Department.

Thursday, September 17: See Southern Arts Federation films, below.

The Marriage of Maria BraunThe Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)

Wednesday, September 23
Presented by: Peggy Setje-Eilers, Assistant Professor of German, Germanic & Slavic Languages Department
West Germany (1979) Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Married for barely a day during World War II, the widowed Maria Braun is forced to survive on her own. She becomes strong and cruel, sad and indomitable, so loyal to her husband that she kills for him, and so pitiless to her lover of many years that she drives him to death. Fassbinder’s biggest international box-office success and the first part of his “postwar trilogy,” The Marriage of Maria Braun is a heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her own life as well as a pointed attack on a society determined to forget its past. In German with English subtitles. Rated R. 120 minutes. Funding provided in part by Germanic & Slavic Languages Department.

Presented as part of The Tournées Festival.*

Azur and AsmarAzur and Asmar (Azur et Asmar)

Saturday, September 26
NOTE: Screened at 2 p.m.
Presented by: Vanderbilt Employee Celebration Committee
France, Italy, Belgium, Spain (2006) Dir: Michel Ocelot.
Inspired by medieval illuminations and Arabic art, this animated film tells the story of two boys, the white, blue-eyed prince Azur and the dark-skinned Asmar, both of whom are raised by Asmar’s mother. Separated by Azur’s father, the boys meet up again several years later in an unidentified Middle Eastern country —where Azur’s blue eyes terrify the locals, leading him to feign blindness in order to fulfill his quest. French and Arabic with English subtitles. Rated PG. 90 minutes. DVD.


Wednesday, September 30
Presented by: Office of LGBTQI Life; facilitator: Monica Casper, former executive director, Intersex Society of North America; professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Women’s Studies, Arizona State University
Argentina, France, Spain (2008) Dir: Lucia Puenzo.
For just about everybody, adolescence means having to confront a number of choices and life decisions, but rarely are they as monumental as the one facing 15-year-old Alex who was born an intersex child. As Alex begins to explore her sexuality, her mother invites friends from Buenos Aires to come for a visit at their house on the gorgeous Uruguayan shore. Their 16-year-old son Álvaro comes along and Alex is immediately attracted to the young man, which adds yet another level of complexity to her personal search for identity. And forces both families to face their worst fears. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not rated. 86 minutes. Funding provided in part by the Office of LGBTQI Life at the K. C. Potter Center.

Presented as part of The Tournées Festival.*

Duchess of LangeaisDuchess of Langeais (Ne touchez pas la hache)

Thursday, October 1
Presented by: Robert Barsky, Professor of French and Comparative Literature
France, Italy (2007) Dir: Jacques Rivette.
Based on Honoré de Balzac’s novella La duchesse de Langeais, this Restoration drama portrays the tragic love affair of a Parisian coquette, Antoinette de Navarreins, and General Armand de Montriveau, a free-spirited explorer. For months, they observe the requirements of social etiquette, but Montriveau wants to love the married Duchess openly. She rejects him but, convinced that she’s playing games, Montriveau ignores her and Antoinette is forced to disappear. Will Montriveau be able to find his beloved and restore their love? In French with English subtitles. Not Rated. 137 minutes. Financial support provided by Mimi and Scott Manzler.

Ro.Go.Pa.G.Ro.Go.Pa.G. (Laviamoci il cervello – Rogopag)

Wednesday, October 7
Presented by: Andrea Mirabile, Assistant Professor of Italian, Department of French and Italian
Italy, France (1963) Dirs: Jean-Luc Godard, Ugo Gregoretti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini.
This omnibus film, whose title is an abbreviation of the directors’ last names, consists of four shorts: Rossellini’s “Illibatezza” (“Chastity”) tells the story of a flight attendant who rebuffs the unwanted attention of an American passenger by returning his overtures with aggressive ones of her own, which she records on a video camera to send to her fiancé back home. Set in Paris after a nuclear holocaust, Godard’s “Il Nuovo mondo” (“New World”) examines the startling changes in behavior that occur in the survivors. In Pasolini’s “La Ricotta,” an impoverished bit player in “The Passion of Christ” struggles to feed himself and his family in the midst of an uncaring milieu. Gregoretti’s “Il Pollo ruspante” (“Free Range Chicken”) juxtaposes the odyssey of an Italian middle class family with the lecture of a marketing executive who teaches businessmen how to stimulate consumption. In Italian with English subtitles. Not Rated. 122 minutes. 16mm. Funding provided in part by the Department of French and Italian.

Presented as part of The Tournées Festival.*

Fear(s) of the DarkFear(s) of the Dark (Peur(s) du Noir)

Thursday, October 8
Presented by: Mark Hosford, Assistant Professor, Department of Art
France (2007) Dirs: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McQuire, Romain Slocombe, Jerry Kramsky, Michel Pirus, Etienne Robial.
Six graphic artists and cartoonists turn their personal terrors into reality in this nightmarish animated anthology. Stylistically connected, the stark black-and-white imagery adds a layer of the surreal to the already disturbing subject matter. As reality crosses over into the unknown, these six interlocking stories bring to life personal demons and fears of the dark, injections, pursuit and more. In French with English subtitles. Not rated. 80 minutes.

Surreal to Reel: Paris on Film

Funding provided in part by the Film Studies Program and the Department of French and Italian. Held in conjunction with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ exhibition Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris. For a complete listing of the films in the series screening at the Frist Center and at the Belcourt Theartre, visit .Wednesday, October 14
Presented by: Paul Young, Associate Professor, Director of Film Studies

The Golden AgeThe Golden Age (L’âge d’or)

France (1930) Dir: Luis Buñuel.
Poetic, absurd, erotic, visionary and scandalous, L’âge d’or still provokes, baffles, and delights almost 80 years after its creation. Buñuel and Dali created this gleeful fever dream of Freudian unease, bizarre humor and shocking imagery to be both an avant-garde tour de force and a scathing attack on society. Skewering everything from Catholic piety to sexual fetishism, the film provoked riots, was denounced by Mussolini’s ambassador, earned its backer a threat of excommunication and was banned by the French Police, all within two weeks of its release. In French with English subtitles. Not Rated. 60 minutes.

Under the Roofs of ParisUnder the Roofs of Paris (Sous les toits de Paris)

France (1930) Dir: René Clair
In René Clair’s irrepressibly romantic portrait of the crowded tenements of Paris, a street singer and a gangster vie for the love of a beautiful young woman. This witty exploration of love and human foibles, told primarily through song, captures the flamboyant atmosphere of the city with sophisticated visuals and groundbreaking use of the then new technology of movie sound. An international sensation upon its release, Under the Roofs of Paris is an exhilarating celebration of filmmaking and one of France’s most beloved cinematic exports.
In French and Romanian with English subtitles. Not Rated. 96 minutes. DVD.

These films are presented as part of the exhibition Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with guest curator Therese Lichtenstein, Ph.D.

Presented as part of The Tournées Festival.*


Thursday, October 15
Presented by: Jay Geller, Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Culture, Vanderbilt Divinity School
France, Chad, Belgium, Austria (2006) Dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
When the civil war in Chad ends, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission does not punish those involved in the genocide, so individuals seek justice on their own. Ordered by his grandfather to avenge his family’s deaths, the orphan Atim looks for Nassara, his father’s killer. Instead of finding a cold-blooded murderer, Atim meets a charitable baker and soon-to-be father who seeks redemption. Nassara hires Atim as his assistant and takes him into his home. When Nassara asks to adopt him, Atim pretends that he needs his father’s approval, but instead of bringing Nassara to his village, he brings him to the desert where they meet his grandfather… In French and Arabic with English subtitles. 96 minutes.

Monday, October 19: See Southern Arts Federation films, below.



Tuesday, October 20
Presented by: Vanderbilt Holocaust Lecture Series; facilitator: Sara Figal, Assistant Professor, Germanic & Slavic Languages Department
Australia (2008) Dir: Cynthia Connop.
Bettina Goering, grandniece of Hermann Goering, has long tried to bury the dark legacy of her family history. Ruth Rich, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, cannot resolve her deep-rooted anger over the suffering of her parents. Bettina seeks out Ruth in an attempt to confront her fear that the capacity for evil is in her blood. When the women meet, their hidden guilt and rage clash in a series of intimate and extraordinary meetings. This film provides relevant and timely insight into the difficult process of reconciliation and forgiveness, and the long-term consequences of hatred. 52 minutes. DVD. Funding provided in part by the Vanderbilt Holocaust Lecture Series.

Presented as part of Curtains for the Curtain: A Film Series Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and its Aftermath.

Funding provided by “Getting to Know Europe,” a grant from the European Union with additional financial support provided by the Max Kade Center for European & German Studies.

The Fall of the Berlin WallThe Fall of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, October 28
NOTE: screened at 7 p.m. in The Commons Multipurpose Room 237.
Presented by: Helmut Smith, Professor, History Department and Director of The Max Kade Center for European & German Studies
USA (2007) Produced by: ABC News Classics
On November 9, 1989, after nearly three decades of separation, East and West Berliners breeched the wall that forced them apart. As East Germany’s Communist leadership opened the gates, crowds clambered atop the wall, tearing chunks away from this iconic image of the Iron Curtain. Join Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson for coverage from the day it happened, which includes a live interview with President Reagan. 38 minutes. DVD.

Ode to Joy and Freedom

Germany, West Germany (1990) Dir: Beate Schubert.
This documentary film chronicles the Berlin Wall from its construction in August 1961 through its demolition in November 1989 with footage of the Leipzig demonstrations and other events foretelling the demise of the Communist government. 54 minutes. DVD.
Immediately following the screening everyone is invited to attend a dessert reception hosted by The Commons at the Dean’s Residence.

Presented as part of The Tournées Festival.*

The Romance of Astrea and CeladonThe Romance of Astrea and Celadon (Les amours d’Astrée et de Céladon)

Thursday, October 29
Presented by: Lynn Ramey, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of French and Italian
France (2006) Dir: Eric Rohmer.
Legendary auteur Eric Rohmer’s newest film is a star-crossed romance set among the shepherds and shepherdesses (and the nymphs, fairies, and druids that dwell among them) of 5th-century Gaul. Celadon’s parents frown on his love for Astréa so he feigns a public affair with another woman. When Astréa rejects him, believing he has betrayed her, Celadon throws himself into the river. Yet all is not completely lost for these young lovers. In French with English subtitles. Not Rated. 106 minutes. Financial support provided by Mimi and Scott Manzler.

Join us for this MONSTER MASH in COSTUME!

NosferatuNosferatu (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens)

Saturday, October 31
An original musical score will be performed LIVE by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra
Presented by: Paul Young, Associate Professor, Director of Film Studies
Germany (1922) Dir: F. W. Murnau.
An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau. Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau’s Graf Orlok is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws, perhaps the most disturbing incarnation of vampirism ever. English intertitles. Silent. Not Rated. 94 minutes. Funding provided in part by the Film Studies Program.

Presented as part of Curtains for the Curtain: A Film Series Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and its Aftermath.

The Fall of CommunismThe Fall of Communism

Tuesday, November 3
NOTE: screened at 6:45 p.m. in The Commons Multipurpose Room 237.
Presented by: Frank Wcislo, Dean of The Commons and Associate Professor of History; Konstantin Kustanovich, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Germanic & Slavic Languages Department
USA (1990) Host: Pierre Salinger.
An in-depth look at the rise and fall of Communism, this film gives an historical overview along with its examinations of the crumbling of the Berlin Wall and the independence movements in Poland, Lithuania, and Russia. 80 minutes. DVD.

Corridor #8Corridor #8

Wednesday, November 4
Presented by: Gregg Horowitz, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department
Bulgaria (2008) Dir: Boris Despodov.
Take one fragmentary road, three suspicious national neighbors, and one mischievous filmmaker and you have the ingredients for an absurdly funny and engaging look at the new “unified” Europe. In 1997, the EU commissioned Corridor #8, an ambitious rail and road system designed to join Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Albania but 10 years and millions of euros later, progress is scarcely visible – on the project and on relieving the deep suspicions that persist among these nations and their people. In Albanian, Bulgarian, English, and Macedonian with English subtitles. Not Rated. 74 minutes. Funding provided in part by the Philosophy Department.

Presented as part of Curtains for the Curtain: A Film Series Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and its Aftermath.

In JulyIn July (Im Juli)

Wednesday, November 11
NOTE: screened at 7 p.m. in The Commons Multipurpose Room 237.
Presented by: Zeynep Somer-Topcu, Assistant Professor, Political Science and European Studies; John McCarthy, Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Germany (2000) Dir: Fatih Akin.
In this whimsical romantic comedy, a student teacher, Daniel, buys an enchanted ring from Juli, a young woman who has a crush on him. Later that day, he meets Melek, who returns to Istanbul in the evening. Daniel decides to follow Melek and, on the way, picks up a hitchhiker – Juli. This starry-eyed romp, filled with miscalculations, coincidences, and accidents dispenses with linear narration and uses political and cultural divisions as occasions for comedy. In German, English, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. 99 minutes. DVD.

Bollywood’s India

BollywoodTwo film screenings and a public talk by Professor Rachel Dwyer, SOAS, University of London
Sponsors: Asian Studies Program, Department of History, Film Studies Program & International Lens Film Series

Naya Daur (New Era)

Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 pm in Sarratt Cinema in the Sarratt Student Center
India, 1957 Dir. B.R. Chopra
Produced ten years after India’s independence, this melodrama cautions about the perils of progress. The villain introduces modern technology into an isolated village riven by caste and religious divisions, a theme that runs through the romantic rivalry for the affections of the heroine, played by Vyjayantimala. The hero (played by Dilip Kumar) fights for collectivization in the face of new technology, echoing debates in newly independent India about labor and the legacy of Gandhi. O.P. Nayyar’s score includes classic numbers by Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi and Shamshad Begum. In Hindi with English subtitles. 173 minutes

Bollywood’s India

Friday, Nov. 13 at 4:10 pm in Buttrick Hall room 101
Professor Rachel Dwyer (Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), speaks on “Bollywood’s India”. Professor Dwyer’s talk will be followed by a reception in the atrium.

Lage Raho Munnabhai (Carry On, Munnabhai)

Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 pm in Sarratt Cinema in the Sarratt Student Center
India, 2006 Dir. Rajkumar Hirani
Sanjay Dutt plays a gangster who sees visions of Mahatma Gandhi and turns reluctantly into the neighborhood problem-solver. An uproarious musical comedy, this film popularized the term ‘Gandhigiri’ or ‘Gandhi-ness’, and was a surprise hit among young people. Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi co-star. In Hindi with English subtitles. 144 minutes

All these events are free and open to the public. Free parking for the film screenings is available on campus close to Sarratt Student Center in Zone 2 Lot 2 off West End Ave at 23rd Ave South.

For questions call 322-6400.

Thursday, November 12: See Southern Arts Federation films, below.

Gate of FleshGate of Flesh (Nikutai no mon)

Presented as part of The New Age of the New Wave
Tuesday, November 17

Presented by: Todd Hughes, Director, Language Center
Japan (1964) Dir: Seijun Suzuki.
Set immediately after WWII, this film explores the desperate lengths a devastated community must go to in order to survive. A group of prostitutes live and work in the basement of a bombed-out building in Tokyo, governing themselves with a strict code of conduct. The women’s solidarity breaks down when they shelter a wounded man as each woman claims him for herself. Originally intended as a gritty erotic tale, Suzuki uses his wartime experiences to depict the depths to which post-war urban centers fell. In Japanese with English subtitles. 90 minutes. DVD. Funded in part by the Language Center. Held in conjunction with International Education Week.

Tokyo DrifterTokyo Drifter (Tôkyô nagaremono)

Thursday, November 19
Presented by: Todd Hughes, Director, Language Center
Japan (1966) Dir: Seijun Suzuki.
In this free-jazz gangster film, reformed killer “Phoenix” Tetsu drifts around Japan, awaiting his own execution, until he’s called back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang by his boss, who is trying to give up his life of crime. But both men have a hard time sticking to a virtuous path when associates are blackmailed, loves threatened, and deceit and treachery abound. The film’s aestheticized violence, visual gags, and mind-warping color effects got Suzuki in trouble with his studio heads, who had ordered him to “play it straight this time.” In Japanese with English subtitles. 90 minutes. DVD. Funded in part by the Language Center. Held in conjunction with International Education Week.

Silent LightSilent Light (Stellet licht)

Thursday, December 3
Presented by: Helena Simonett, Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Literature and History, Blair School of Music
Mexico, France, Netherlands, Germany (2007) Dir: Carlos Reygadas.
This deeply affecting drama, performed by a cast of mostly nonprofessional actors, reveals the everyday raptures of an isolated Mennonite community in northern Mexico. Johan, a farmer with seven towheaded children and a devoted wife, Esther, has fallen in love with a neighbor, Marianne. Though tormented by the affair, Johan feels Marianne is his truer match, and he, with unintended cruelty, does not hide his struggle from Esther, whom he also loves. While Esther waits on the sidelines, tending the children, keeping the house, and driving the family tractor, Johan explores the limits of his faith and his faithfulness. This gorgeous film was included on numerous top ten lists for 2008. Plautdietsch and Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. 145 minutes.

Southern Arts Federation Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

International Lens is proud to be a 2009-10 recipient of a SAF Southern Circuit grant that supports the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. The tour connects audience members with independent filmmakers and encourages dialogue about the films. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one. The film directors will lead post-screening discussions and there will be a reception for the filmmakers immediately following each screening.The Fall Semester Tour includes:

Let Them Know: the Story of Youth Brigade and BYO RecordsLet Them Know: the Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records

Dir: Jeff Alulis.
Thursday, September 17
By the time the second wave of Los Angeles punk rock began to crest in the early 1980s, most historians had already closed the book. But things were just starting to get interesting. The music got harder and faster. Politics became integral to the scene. Police-on-punk violence and massive riots were de rigueur. The concept of ‘D.I.Y.’ transformed from a necessity to a battle cry and the Better Youth Organization was born. DVD.

The Way We Get ByThe Way We Get By

Dir: Aron Gaudet. Producer: Gita Pullapilly.
Monday, October 19
Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters, a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing to and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling, and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war, and mortality. DVD.

Flying on One EngineFlying on One Engine

Dir: Joshua Z. Weinstein.
Thursday, November 12
Wheelchair bound, without a larynx, and diagnosed with a life-threatening aortic aneurysm, Dr. Sharadkumar Dicksheet now lives only so he can travel to India to perform free operations in marathon-like surgery sessions where up to 700 children receive treatment for their cleft lips and other deformities. DVD. 52 minutes.Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The International Lens film series is coordinated by the Office of Arts & Creative Engagement and the Office of International Student & Scholar Services in collaboration with Vanderbilt University academic departments, centers, and programs.

  • Schedule is subject to change.
  • Admission is FREE and open to the public.
  • All films in Sarratt Cinema at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted
  • All films in 35mm unless otherwise noted
  • “Not rated” films may contain material suitable for mature audiences only.

Sarratt Cinema is located on the first floor of the Sarratt Student Center at Vanderbilt University. The Multipurpose Room is on the second floor of The Commons Center on Vanderbilt’s Peabody Campus, just north of the intersection of 18th Avenue South, and Horton Avenue.

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*The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). Festival sponsors include: the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, highbrow entertainment, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.