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Hirschfield International Film Series 2014-2015

Extraordinary foreign and independent films, screened on Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. in Dana Auditorium, plus special events and lectures (times vary; see listings for details). Free and open to the public.

Some of the works in this series may be inappropriate for children; we regret that we are unable to preview the material.

Skip to a movie listing: Inside Llewyn Davis Computer Chess In the House Hannah Arendt The Selfish Giant Museum Hours Stories We Tell Short Term 12 The Great Beauty The Act of Killing Frances Ha Something in the Air The Missing Picture Omar Gloria The Lunchbox Child's Pose  |52 Tuesdays Stray Dogs

 


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September 13, Saturday

Inside Llewyn Davis

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

The latest Coen brothers movie is an original and intoxicating ramble through one struggling musician’s fraught efforts to navigate the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Attempting to reconcile his life and his art, Llewyn attempts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles that are often self-created. “This soulful, unabashedly lyrical film is best enjoyed by sinking into it like a sweet, sad dream”—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, USA/UK/France, 2014, 104 minutes) Free

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September 20, Saturday

Computer Chess

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Set in 1980 and shot in late-1970s analog, this film features teams competing at an annual gathering of chess software programmers to see which of their programs can perform the best against a human chess player. Director Andrew Bujalski transports viewers to a nostalgic moment of contention between technology and the human spirit. “A supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext”—Tom Huddleston, Time Out. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Andrew Bujalski, USA, 2013, 92 minutes) Free

 

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September 27, Saturday

In the House

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A 16-year-old boy becomes involved with the family of a fellow student and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted but unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion leads him into a treacherous no-man’s land between the literary and the literal. “The view it affords is at once so silvery-clear and so misted with longing and confusion that, unexpectedly, it draws us close to heartache”—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (François Ozon, France, 2012, 105 minutes) Free

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October 4, Saturday

Hannah Arendt

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A biopic with a lively theatrical spirit, Hannah Arendt is a probing and clear-eyed study of the German-Jewish political philosopher who famously reported on the trial of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann. “To make a film about a thinker is a challenge; to do so in a way that is accessible and gripping is a triumph”—Roger Berkowitz, Paris Review. Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Margarethe von Trotta, Germany/Israel/Luxembourg/France, 2013, 113 minutes) Free

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October 18, Saturday

The Selfish Giant

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Loosely based on a fable by Oscar Wilde and updated to present-day England, The Selfish Giant is about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends who tangle with a local scrap dealer and criminal, with tragic consequences. “So hauntingly perfect is Barnard’s film, and so skin-pricklingly alive does it make you feel to watch it, that at first you can hardly believe the sum of what you have seen”—Robbie Collin, The Telegraph. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Clio Barnard, UK, 2013, 91 minutes) Free

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October 25, Saturday

Museum Hours

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Johann is a museum guard who spends his days observing the art and visitors of Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the galleries and the city streets. A “quietly amazing, sneakily sublime new film”—A. O. Scott, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Jem Cohen, Austria/USA, 2013, 107 minutes) Free

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November 1, Saturday

Stories We Tell

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In this genre-twisting documentary, Sarah Polley (Away from Her, Take This Waltz) investigates the secrets kept by her family of storytellers. Exploring the elusive nature of truth and memory, Polley creates a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families. These narratives interconnect to paint a funny and poignant picture of the larger human story that is “profoundly moving to witness”—Guy Lodge, Variety. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sarah Polley, Canada, 2013, 108 minutes) Free

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November 8 Saturday

Short Term 12

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Grace (Brie Larson) is a compassionate and dedicated supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. She struggles to make sense of her own troubled past while still providing for the kids who depend on her most. Winner of the Best Narrative Feature and Audience Award at SXSW, “Short Term 12 is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that honestly earns every bit of its emotional impact”—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Destin Daniel Cretton, USA, 2013, 96 minutes) Free

 
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November 15, Saturday

The Great Beauty

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through Rome’s lavish nightlife for decades. When his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself taking stock of his life. “The Great Beauty gives even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies and the reviving artistry of Paolo Sorrentino . . . it is the year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film”—Richard and Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France, 2013, 142 minutes) Free

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November 22, Saturday

The Act of Killing

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

When the Indonesian government was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar Congo and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters to death-squad leaders, killing more than 1 million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. Joshua Oppenheimer’s film explores the memoirs of these perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers who are still in control. “Dogged, inventive, profoundly upsetting and dismayingly funny”—A. O. Scott, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous, Denmark/Norway/UK, 2012, 115 minutes) Free

 
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February 14, Saturday

Frances Ha

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Director/writer Noah Baumbach creates a modern comic fable that explores friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption through the trials of a young dancer named Frances (Greta Gerwig). The film is both a timeless story of the joys and sorrow of youth and a dead-on portrait of one particular New York woman. “A small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that’s true”—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Noah Baumbach, USA, 2012, 86 minutes) Free

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February 28, Saturday

Something in the Air

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Paris je t’aime) directs a vibrantly crafted story of a young man’s artistic awakening in the politically turbulent and increasingly dangerous French student movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s. “Free of nostalgia and not overly critical in hindsight, it captures the immediacy of youth in hugely endearing fashion”—Dave Calhoun, Time Out. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Olivier Assayas, France, 2012, 122 minutes) Free

 

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March 7, Saturday

The Missing Picture

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In this brilliant documentary about his childhood spent clinging to life in Cambodia’s killing fields, Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to reconstruct the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979. Raising fascinating and problematic questions about representation, “the audacity of The Missing Picture is equaled only by its soulfulness”—Manohla Dargis, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France, 2013, 92 minutes) Free

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March 14, Saturday

Omar

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Omar is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girlfriend. By night he risks his life to strike at the Israeli military. After his arrest and torture, Omar courts danger by becoming an informant. Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama that is “told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before”—Ty Burr, Boston Globe. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine, 2013, 96 minutes) Free

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April 4, Saturday

Gloria

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Gloria is a “woman of a certain age” who makes the best of her loneliness by seeking love at social dance clubs for singles. When she meets Rodolfo, their intense passion leaves her vacillating between hope and despair. Set in Chile, this film is “interested in the way a humble individual destiny illuminates the condition of a society still shadowed by its history of military dictatorship and political violence”—A. O. Scott, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain, 2013, 110 minutes) Free

 

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April 11, Saturday

The Lunchbox

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A middle class Mumbai housewife tries to gain the attention of her neglectful husband with a special lunchbox delivered to him at work. When it’s mistakenly delivered to another worker—a lonely man on the verge of retirement—the mishap launches a series of lunchbox notes between the two and a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. “A feel-good movie that touches the heart while steering clear of expectation”—Jay Weissberg, Variety. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany/USA, 2013, 104 minutes) Free

 

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April 18, Saturday

Child's Pose

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In this sharply crafted family thriller, a steely Bucharest architect is determined to keep her 30-something son out of jail after a deadly car crash. A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look at the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. “A gripping psychological thriller built around the luminous and terrifying performance of Luminita Gheorghiu”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Calin Peter Netzer, Romania, 2013, 112 minutes) Free

 

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April 25, Saturday

52 Tuesdays

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Sixteen-year-old Billie is blindsided when her mother reveals plans for a gender transition. Sent to live with her father, Billie only sees her mother once a week, every Tuesday, for an entire year. This unique filmmaking structure brings a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility, and transformation. “This accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera”—Geoff Berkshire, Variety. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sophie Hyde, Australia, 2013, 109 minutes) Free

 

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May 2, Saturday

Stray Dogs

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

An alcoholic single father ekes out a living as a human billboard on the busy streets of Taipei, while his children wait out their days in supermarkets before joining him in an abandoned building to sleep. Director Tsai Ming-liang, who creates principal characters living the cruelest of existences on the ragged edges of the modern world, “may be the best chronicler we have of the temps mort between social reality and darkly comic dreams of despair”— Tony Rayns, Film Comment. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Ming-liang Tsai, France/Taiwan, 2013, 138 minutes) Free

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