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Hirschfield International Film Series

Extraordinary foreign and independent films, screened on Saturdays in Dana Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Quick links to all the films in this year's schedule:

The Ghost Writer | 35 Shots of Rum |Troubled Water Bright Star

Tibet in Song | 24 CityCapitalism: A Love StoryWomen Without Men

Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss | The Headless WomanHunger

Broken Embraces | Mother | The Limits of Control | Two Lovers

Police, Adjective | Summer Hours | Peepli LiveBig Fan

The White Ribbon | Fresh |The Beaches of AgnesHowl

*tentative screening, pending film availability

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Full schedule:


The Ghost Writer
September 11, Saturday

The Ghost Writer

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

The latest thriller from director Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown) chronicles a gifted author (Ewan McGregor) who is hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of a controversial former British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan) and becomes a hunted man when he uncovers explosive secrets about the past.  "Smooth, calm, confident, it builds suspense instead of depending on shock and action"—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Free

(France/Germany/U.K., 2010, 128 minutes)

Read more about The Ghost Writer on IMDb


35 Shots of Rum Poster

September 18, Saturday

35 Shots of Rum

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Claire Denis's intimate film focuses on Lionel (Alex Descas), a long-widowed African immigrant, and his beautiful daughter, Joséphine (Mati Diop). Their relationship with each other and their neighbors offers a subtly rendered web of interconnectedness.  "[An] embracing work, with a flowing lyricism and a delicate poignancy"—Los Angeles Times. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French. Free

(France/Germany, 2008, 100 minutes)

Read more about 35 Shots of Rum on IMBb


Please note date change: this film was originally scheduled for October 9, but has been rescheduled to September 25.
Bright Star

September 25, Saturday**

Bright Star

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Based on the three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, Bright Star is the latest film from Jane Campion (The Piano). "Ms. Campion, with her restless camera movements and off-center close-ups, films history in the present tense, and her wild vitality makes this movie romantic in every possible sense of the word" —New York Times. Free

(U.K., Australia, France, 2009, 119 minutes)

Read more about Bright Star at IMDb


Troubled Water 2

October 2, Saturday

Troubled Water

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Erik Poppe's film follows the societal reentry of Thomas (Sverre Valheim Hagen) after an eight-year prison term for the murder of a young boy. With beautiful camera work and strong performances, the film "offers Poppe's most assured vision yet, and its harrowing climax promises nothing short of hard-earned revelation"—San Francisco International Film Festival. In Norwegian with English subtitles. Free

(Norway/Sweden/Germany, 2008, 115 minutes)

Read more about Troubled Water at IMDb


Please note date change: this film was originally scheduled for September 25, but has been rescheduled to October 9.

Tibert In Song
October 9, Saturday**

Tibet in Song

Introduced by filmmaker Ngawang choephel Art.D '02

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Winner of the 2010 International Human Rights Award and the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Tibet in Song is the documentary that filmmaker Ngawang Choephel set out to make in 1995, then was imprisoned for seven years by the Chinese government after being accused of espionage. "A multimedia essay that . . . begins with a celebration of music's place in Tibetan culture"—Variety.  In Tibetan with English subtitles. Free

Choephel introduces the screenings and discusses his career, including his time as a Fulbright Scholar at Middlebury College. He was awarded an honorary degree in 2002.

(U.S., 2009, 86 minutes)

Read more about Tibet in Song at the film's website

Read more about Tibet in Song at IMDb


24 City poster

October 23, Saturday

24 City

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

In Jia Zhangke's poetic fiction-nonfiction hybrid, Chinese Factory 420 is torn down to make way for luxury housing, as workers from various generations tell their stories.  Featuring "immaculately composed, often painterly images"—Variety. Nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. In Chinese with English subtitles. Free

(China/Hong Kong/Japan, 2008, 112 minutes)

Read more about 24 City at IMDb


Capitalism A Love Story poster

October 30, Saturday

Capitalism: A Love Story

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Michael Moore's (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11) latest documentary examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. With humor and outrage, the film explores the question, What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism?  "Moore's fireball of a movie could change your life. It had me laughing with tears in my eyes"—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Free

(U.S., 2009, 127 minutes)

Read more about Capitalism: A Love Story on the film's website

Read more about Capitalism: A Love Story at IMDb


Women Without Men 2

November 6, Saturday

Women Without Men

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace, and companionship. This adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur's magic realist novel is Iranian artist Shirin Neshat's first feature-length film.  Winner of the Silver Lion and the UNICEF Award at the Venice Film Festival, the film "absorbs with its strong performances, stirring emotions, and vivid imagery"—Los Angeles Times. In Persian with English subtitles. Free

(Germany/Austria/France, 2009, 95 minutes)

Read more about Women Without Men at the film's Web site

Read more about Women Without Men at IMDb


Harlan In the Shadow of Jew Suss

November 13, Saturday

Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

This documentary from Felix Moeller is an eye-opening examination of German film history, focusing on the treacherous anti-Semitic propaganda film Jud Süss, created by notorious director Veit Harlan and required viewing for all SS members. The documentary follows a German family from the Third Reich to the present.  "Moeller transforms what might have been mere cultural scholarship into something larger-a microcosm of postwar German guilt and redemption"—Christian Science Monitor. In German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Holocaust Remembrance Film Fund. Free

(Germany, 2008, 99 minutes)

Read more about Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss on the film's Web site

Read more about Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss on IMDb


Headless Woman Poster

November 20, Saturday

The Headless Woman

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

A mysterious tale of a woman (Maria Onetto) who may have killed someone or something while driving on a dirt road. Dazed and confused, she tries to piece together what happened, while her husband (Ceasar Bordon) systematically tries to erase her tracks. Nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.  "[A] brilliant, maddeningly enigmatic puzzle of a movie"—New York Times. In Spanish with English subtitles. Free

(Argentina/France/Italy/Spain, 2008, 87 minutes)

Read more about The Headless Woman at IMDb


Hunger

December 4, Saturday

Hunger

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

This acclaimed film is a shocking and unforgettable portrayal of life within the maze prison at the time of 1981 IRA hunger strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an eye for epic detail, director Steve McQueen explores what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. Winner of the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival."A mesmerizing ninety-six minutes of cinema, one of the truly extraordinary filmmaking debuts of recent years"—Salon.com. Free

(U.K./Ireland, 2008, 96 minutes)

Read more about Hunger at IMDb


Broken Embraces poster
January 8, Saturday

Broken Embraces

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Pedro Almodovar's (Volver, All About My Mother) latest film tells the story of Harry Caine (Lluís Homar), who lost his sight and the love of his life, Lena (Penélope Cruz), in a brutal car crash 14 years ago. Through a series of flashbacks, he conveys a story of passion, guilt, and creativity.  "A voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors"—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. In Spanish with English subtitles. Free

(Spain, 2009, 127 minutes)

Read more about Broken Embraces at the film's Web site

Read more about Broken Embraces at IMDb


Mother

January 15, Saturday

Mother

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

In this dark thriller, a mother (Hye-ja Kim) must prove her son innocent of a brutal murder or leave him imprisoned. Winner of three Asian Film Awards (best actress, best screenwriter, and best film), Mother is "an alluring piece of work, an artful whodunit that melds shrewd plotting with resourceful camera work and sympathetic characters that are fascinatingly, morbidly off"—San Francisco Chronicle. In Korean with English subtitles. Free

(South Korea, 2009, 128 minutes)

Learn more about Mother at the film's Web site

Read more about Mother at IMDb


The Limits of Control

January 22, Saturday

The Limits of Control

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

A pioneer of the American independent film scene, Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Mystery Train) crafts a meditative film following hired assassin Lone Man (Isaach De Bankolé), whose dreamlike journey takes him across Spain and through his own consciousness. "Like everything Jarmusch, The Limits of Control is calibrated for cool"—Village Voice. Free

(U.S./Japan, 2009, 116 minutes)

Learn more about The Limits of Control at the film's Web site

Read more about The Limits of Control at IMDb


Two Lovers

February 12, Saturday

Two Lovers

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

From director James Grey comes the story of Leonard (Joaquin Phoenix), a charismatic but troubled young man, who moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. While recovering, Leonard meets two women in quick succession, forcing him to make an impossible decision between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love, or risk falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him. "The whole movie is so well cast and performed that we watch it unfolding without any particular awareness of 'acting'"Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Free

(U.S., 2008, 110 minutes)

Learn more about Two Lovers at the film's Web site

Read more about Two Lovers at IMDb


February 19, Saturday

Police, Adjective

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is pressured to arrest a teenager who offers drugs to classmates. This neo-noir thriller hails from the budding Romanian film scene, and won two prizes at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.  "So much in this meticulous and moving film is between the lines, and almost nothing is by the book"—New York Times. In Romanian with English subtitles. Free

(Romania, 2009, 115 minutes)

Learn more about Police, Adjective at the film's Web site

Read more about Police, Adjective at IMDb


Summer Hours

February 26, Saturday

Summer Hours

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

The divergent paths of three 40-something siblings collide when their mother dies suddenly. Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, the siblings confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, backgrounds, and unique visions of the future. Directed by Olivier Assayas.  "Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms the practical and evanescent"—Rolling Stone. Winner of Boston Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle awards for best foreign film. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the French Department. Free

(France, 2008, 103 minutes)

Read more about Summer Hours at IMDb


Just announced!

Peepli Live

March 5, Saturday

Peepli Live

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

An official entry for the 2010 Academy Awards in the Foreign Film category, and winner of numerous international awards, Peepli Live offers a satirical vision of the effects of globalization in India. Taking its cue from a series of farmer suicides in the village of Peepli, the film uses amateur tribals (adivasis) to document how the media, politicians, and Indian society have recast this social problem to their own ends. Critics have praised the film’s use of humor to highlight a grim social reality. Directed by Anusha Rizvi. Free

(India, 2010, 95 minutes)

Read more about Peepli Live at IMDb



Big Fan

March 12, Saturday

Big Fan

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. This dark comedy plays on obsession, strained family relations, and unwanted media attention. "A spasmodically funny and bleak film about the love that speaks its name"—New York Times.  Written and directed by Robert D. Siegel. Screened in conjunction with the exhibition Mixed Signals at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

(U.S., 2009, 88 minutes)

Learn more about Big Fan at the film's Web site

Read more about Big Fan at IMDb


The White Ribbon

April 2, Saturday

The White Ribbon

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Michael Haneke's (Caché) latest film tells the tale of a small village in the north of Germany just before World War I, with the suppressed children of the villagers at the heart of an unraveling mystery. "[Haneke's] vision-tense, provocative and unnerving-is on full display in The White Ribbon, which could be considered a culmination of this difficult director's brilliant career"—Los Angeles Times. In German with English subtitles. Free

(Austria/Germany/France/Italy, 2009, 14 minutes)

Read more about The White Ribbon at IMDb


Fresh poster

April 7, Thursday

Fresh

Discussion with filmmaker Ana Sofia Joanes

7:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium

This documentary celebrates the farmers and leaders across America who are reinventing our food system, confronting the consequences of industrialized food: contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Is Main characters include urban farmer and activist Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur's 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma; and supermarket owner David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy. Director Ana Sofia Joanes leads a post-screening discussion. Cosponsored by the Programs in American Studies and Environmental Studies. Free

(U.S., 2009, 70 minutes)

Learn more about Fresh at the film's Web site

Read more about Fresh at IMDb


The Beaches of Agnes

April 9, Saturday

The Beaches of Agnes

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

A reflection on art, life, and the movies, Agnes Varda's new film offers a richly cinematic self-portrait that explores her memories through photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful, contemporary scenes. Winner of the National Society of Film Critics Award for best documentary.  "For filmgoers determined to see cinema not just as mass entertainment but as an art form, The Beaches of Agnes arrives like an exhilarating call to arms"—Washington Post. In French with English subtitles. Free

(France, 2008, 110 minutes)

Read more about The Beaches of Agnes at IMDb


Howl

April 16, Saturday

Howl

Screenings and Discussion with Writer/Director Rob Epstein

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

This acclaimed film recounts a dark moment in American literature in three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events of a young Allen Ginsberg finding his artistic voice, society's reaction to the title poem's obscenity trial, and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment in the birth of a counterculture. Written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Starring James Franco, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jon Hamm; nominated for the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize. Writer and director Rob Epstein leads a Q & A with the audience after each screening. Free

(U.S., 2010, 90 minutes)

Read more about Howl at IMDb

 

Download a printable pdf of this year's schedule:
Hirschfield Film Series Flyer 2010-2011Hirschfield Film Series Flyer 2010-2011