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Hirschfield International Film Series 2013-2014

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.

 

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Wuthering Heights | The House That I Live In | Caesar Must Die | Tomboy | Kon-Tiki | A Touch of Sin | Blancanieves | Amour | Searching for Sugar Man | Upstream Color | The Gatekeepers | This Is Not a Film | How to Survive a Plague | Wadjda | Ain't Them Bodies Saints | Rust and Bone | From Up on Poppy Hill | Holy Motors | Fruitvale Station | Lore | No | Elena| Beyond the Hills | Tabu

Special Events:

Eugene Jarecki: The House I Live In

Haneke's Endgame in Amour

 


 

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September 14, Saturday

Wuthering Heights

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Emily Brontë’s classic novel is transformed onto the screen by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Red Road). Heathcliff, a mysterious young boy, is rescued from poverty by the Earnshaws. His integration into the family turns awry when he develops an intense, passionate, and destructive relationship with his younger foster sister, Cathy. Arnold captures the quiet beauty of the English countryside and treats the romance between Cathy and Heathcliff “with tenderness and a visceral sense of where pain meets pleasure”—Dave Calhoun, Time Out. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Andrea Arnold, UK, 2011, 129 minutes) Free

 

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September 21, Saturday
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The House I Live In

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This unsparingly honest documentary about drug policy in the United States won the 2012 Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Looking at evidence from both sides of the law, director Eugene Jarecki exposes the injustices and implications of America’s War on Drugs, exploring “the kind of large-scale topic that Mr. Jarecki loves digging into . . . showing and telling with a wealth of shuffled visual material”—Manohla Dargis, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Eugene Jarecki, Netherlands/UK/Germany/Japan/Australia/USA, 2012, 108 minutes) Free

 

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September 23, Monday

Eugene Jarecki: The House I Live In

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4:30 PM, Twilight Auditorium

Film Director Eugene Jarecki gives a public talk about his film The House I Live In, screened at Middlebury by the Hirschfield International Film Series on September 21. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. See associated event on September 21. Free

 

 

 

 


 

 

September 28, Saturday
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Caesar Must Die

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Set inside the high-security wing of Rome’s Rebbia prison, this film follows a group of inmates’ production of Julius Caesar. Directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (The Night of the Shooting Stars, Kaos) use prisoners as their actors, mixing narrative and documentary together. Ultimately, the film explores the effect of art on life and vice versa. “The Tavianis come not to use or mangle Shakespeare but to honor him”—Anthony Lane, New York Times. In Italian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy, 2012, 76 minutes) Free

 

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October 5, Saturday
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Tomboy

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

When 10-year-old Laure moves with her father, mother, and little sister to a new neighborhood at the start of summer, she is mistaken for a boy and consequently takes on a new identity as Mikael. Director Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies) explores the divides between sex and gender as she “edges around her characters attractively . . . gently harnessing them to her low-key realism”—Manhola Dargis, New York Times. In French in English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French. (Céline Sciamma, France, 2011, 82 minutes) Free

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October 12, Saturday
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Kon-Tiki

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In order to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have crossed the sea and settled in the Polynesian islands, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl traversed the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. Kon-Tiki dramatizes Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile journey, with powerful visuals that range from “flying fish, electric eels that light up in the nocturnal waters, or simply the rapturously beautiful panoramic view of the tiny craft as a speck on the vast oceanscape”—Roger Ebert. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, UK/Norway/ Denmark/ Germany/ Sweden, 2012, 118 minutes) Free

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October 26, Saturday

A Touch of Sin

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A four-part story, inspired by real life events, about loosely connected individuals whose lives are touched by violence or death. This latest film from internationally acclaimed director Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life) focuses on the violent impact, and hefty human sacrifice, enacted by the Chinese economic boom on its own citizens.  “An angry, painful, satirical lunge into what the director clearly sees as the dark heart of modern China” –Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series in lieu of the previously scheduled film The Grandmaster. Free

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November 2, Saturday
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Blancanieves

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Shot in black and white without spoken dialogue, Blancanieves puts a twist on the all-too- familiar tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This second feature film from director Pablo Berger (Torremolinos 73) is also an homage to cinema of the past. Complete with intertitles and an evocative score, Blancanieves is “as exciting, in many of the same ways, as the greatest traditional silent masterpieces by Dreyer, Pabst or Murnau.”—Roger Ebert. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Pablo Berger, Spain/ France/Belgium, 2012, 104 minutes) Free

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November 9, Saturday
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Amour

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Amour examines the bond of love in the face of old age. Retired music teachers George and Anne are an elderly, happy, and normal couple. But the harmony between them is interrupted poignantly when Anne suffers a stroke, leaving one half of her body paralyzed. Director Michael Haneke’s “unexpected kind of masterpiece” (Roger Ebert) offers no sugarcoating; instead, it examines the raw, humiliating, and powerful emotions paired with love and death. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. See associated event November 11. (Michael Haneke, France/ Germany/Austria, 2012, 127 minutes) Free

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November 11, Monday

Haneke’s Endgame in Amour

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 232

Lecture by Garrett Stewart, the James O. Freedman Professor of Literature at the University of Iowa and author of nine books on topics ranging from Victorian literature and painting to art-gallery installations and cinema. He is also a contributing editor to Film Quarterly. See associated screenings November 9. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free


 

 

November 16, Saturday
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Searching for Sugar Man

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

The unbelievable-yet-true story of Sixto Rodriguez, a.k.a. “Sugar Man,” a failed American musician in the 1970s who unwittingly became an iconic symbol for the youth of South Africa during the Apartheid movement. Two of Rodriguez’s fans rediscover this remarkable musician and reveal his story in a documentary that “enshrines a deeply moving idea that, in our cynical, superficial world, an authentic spirit will somehow, somewhere, find its way to listeners’ hearts”—Trevor Johnston, Time Out. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series.  (Malik Bendjelloul, Sweden/UK/US, 2012, 86 minutes) Free

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December 7, Saturday
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Upstream Color

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This second feature from director Shane Carruth (Primer) is an experimental, romantic, science-fiction mystery-thriller. Protagonist Kris’s life is brought into utter confusion after a small-time thief drugs her. Soon she realizes that her life is not nearly what she thinks it to be. This at-times graphic study of biology and the circle of life is “the type of art that inspires curiosity and obsession, like some beautiful object whose meaning remains tantalizingly out of reach”—Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Shane Carruth, US, 2013, 96 minutes)  Free

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January 11, Saturday
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The Gatekeepers

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, candidly reveal some of the agency’s more controversial operations. Stretching from the Six-Day War to the present, The Gatekeepers uses both archival footage and computer animation to recount the role of these six men in the supervision of Israel’s security. “As a clear-eyed examination of a conflict that seems to have no end, The Gatekeepers is powerful, provocative stuff.”—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Part of the January Documentary Series sponsored by Hirschfield International Film Series. (Dror Moreh, Israel/France/Germany/Belgium, 2012, 101 minutes) Free

 

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January 18, Saturday
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This Is Not a Film

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Smuggled into the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on a flash drive hidden within a birthday cake, this documentary follows a day in the life of acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle). While under house arrest, charged with alleged crimes against national security, he defies the Iranian government by creating a film using only his DV camera and iPhone. “This Is Not a Film is a compelling personal document, a quietly passionate statement of artistic intent, and an uncompromising testament to [Panahi’s] belief in cinema—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. In Persian with English subtitles. Part of the January Documentary Series sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series.
(Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2011, 75 minutes) Free

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January 25, Saturday
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How to Survive a Plague

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

This powerful documentary tracks the history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, focusing on the efforts and activism of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG—which singlehandedly changed AIDS from being a death sentence to a treatable disease. The winner of best documentary from the Gotham Independent Film Awards, How to Survive a Plague is skillfully crafted: “The material has been shaped . . . so that you’re not simply looking at activists, you’re beholding war heroes”—Wesley Morris, Boston Globe. Part of the January Documentary Series sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (David France, US, 2012, 120 minutes) Free

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February 15, Saturday
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Wadjda

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, by the country’s first female director, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Wadjda is the award-winning story of an enterprising young Saudi girl. All she wants to do is buy the green bicycle she sees every day on her way to school, but money and gender expectations stand in her way. When nothing else seems to work, she enters a Qu’ran recital for a large cash prize. “With enormous sympathy for all, Al Mansour captures the isolation of Saudi women and their parallel lives of freedom at home and invisibility outside”—Variety. In Arabic with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series.(Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia/Germany, 2012, 98 minutes) Free

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February 22, Saturday
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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Director David Lowery’s 2013 film is set in 1970s Texas, where outlaw Bob Muldoon tries to reunite with his wife, Ruth, and the child he has never met. Bob’s path is blocked by hard-hearted cop Patrick, who further complicates the picture by falling in love with Ruth. Borrowing largely from the standardized Western genre, but still preserving a style all its own, this film combines superb acting with unique cinematography. Peter Debruge of Variety calls this lyrical and exhilarating movie “slow as molasses but every bit as rich.” Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (David Lowery, US, 2013, 105 minutes) Free

 

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March 1, Saturday
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Rust and Bone

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

An unemployed, single father develops a special bond with a whale trainer after she suffers a terrible accident. Director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Read My Lips) creates an effective and devastating portrayal of what it means to be damaged and then to heal. Set on the Côte d’Azur in southern France, the film balances beauty and tragedy, creating a melodrama in which “the principal characters are at war with themselves, each other and the cruelty of the world”—A. O. Scott, New York Times. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the French Department. (Jacques Audiard, France/Belgium, 2012, 120 minutes) Free

 

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March 8, Saturday
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From Up on Poppy Hill

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Director Goro Miyazaki, son of renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle), creates a story of admirable perseverance set in 1963 Yokohoma. Umi, a 16-year-old student, joins hands with male classmate Shun in order to preserve their rundown school clubhouse. With a “tender voice, captivating atmosphere and painterly visuals,” From Up on Poppy Hill is gently melancholic”—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post. In Japanese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Goro Miyazaki, Japan, 2011, 91 minutes) Free

 

 

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March 15, Saturday
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Holy Motors

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

After a 13-year hiatus from feature-length films, director Leos Carax (Boy Meets Girl, The Lovers on the Bridge) makes his return with Holy Motors, a fantastical film about the adventures of eccentric actor Monsieur Oscar. “These images and sounds that reveal the mind in matter and the soul . . . suggest Carax’s ultimate definition of the cinema, and it’s one of the best and grandest that a movie has ever offered”—Richard Brody, New Yorker. In French and Chinese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series.  (Leos Carax, France/Germany, 2012, 115 minutes) Free

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April 5, Saturday
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Fruitvale Station

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Fruitvale Station recounts the BART Police shootings in Oakland on New Year’s Day, 2009. Anchored by a “career-making performance” by Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler portrays a contemporary tragedy in his “incredibly moving and confident first feature”—Eric Kohn, indieWire. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series.  (Ryan Coogler, US, 2013, 90 minutes) Free

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April 12, Saturday
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Lore

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

As the Allies arrive in 1945 Germany, five siblings trek from their southwestern home to north Germany in search of refuge. Lore (played by Saskia Rosendahl), the eldest at just 14, bravely leads her brothers and sisters on a harrowing journey, encountering good and bad alike, in a film “overflowing with such poetic visual touches, conjuring up a fairytale landscape of long shadows, wafting curtains and waving fronds”—Xan Brooks, The Guardian. In German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Holocaust Film Fund. (Cate Shortland, Germany/Australia/UK 2012, 109 minutes) Free

 

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April 19, Saturday
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No

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

 

Winner of the Art Cinema Award at the 2012 Cannes Festival, No dramatizes the historical events of political turmoil in late-1980s Chile. When military dictator Augusto Pinochet is pressured into a referendum in 1988, up-and-comer René Saavedra leads the advertising plan for the opposing left, devising the notorious and powerful “No” campaign. “A cunning and richly enjoyable combination of high-stakes drama and media satire”—Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Pablo Larraín, Chile/US/France/Mexico, 2012, 118 minutes) Free

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April 26, Saturday
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Elena

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes 2011 Festival, Elena is a triumphant return for director Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, The Banishment). In Moscow, Elena and Vladimir are an older couple from different social backgrounds: he is a wealthy

businessman, while she comes from a more modest, working-class background. When Vladimir suffers a heart attack, Elena enacts a daring plan to save her family’s future. “Zvyagintsev spins a taut, engrossing yarn about a coveted inheritance, cruel class differences and quietly monstrous misdeeds”—Justin Chang, Variety. In Russian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of Russian. (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2011, 109 minutes) Free

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May 3, Saturday

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Beyond the Hills

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

The third feature film from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, Beyond the Hills draws on real-life events for two young women in modern-day Romania. Voichita lives in a convent, where she is visited by her lifelong friend and lover, Alina. Voichita must reconcile her newfound love of God with her fidelity to Alina. “Chilling, bizarre, and mysterious . . . a directionless, hopeless world”—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. In Romanian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Cristian Mungiu, Romania/France/Belgium 2012, 150 minutes) Free

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May 10, Saturday
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Tabu

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Ranked by Sight & Sound as the number two movie of 2012, Miguel Gomes’s Tabu centers on Aurora, a garrulous, superstitious, and troubled 80-year-old living in Lisbon. When she decides to track down a man with a secret connection to her past, the action shifts 50 years earlier to Africa, shortly before the Portuguese Colonial War. “If you have the patience to watch this film develop and unfold, like some bizarre night-blooming orchid, what you’ll see is not just the last movie released in 2012, but possibly the most original of them all”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Miguel Gomes,Portugal, 2012, 118 minutes) Free

 

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