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2011-2012 Hirschfield International Film Series

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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Restrepo | Incendies | Potiche | Another Year | Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives | Vincere | Exit Through the Gift Shop | Written on the Wind | The Strange Case of Angelica | Animal Kingdom | The Illusionist | Carlos | Rabbit Hole | Meek's Cutoff | Of Gods and Men | Tabloid | Biutiful | Thin Ice (previously titled The Convincer) | Poetry | A Film Unfinished | Everyone Else | A Prophet | Certified Copy

Special Events:

Identity Shifts in Tarkovsky's Nostalghia | Kluge's Yesterday Girl and Post-War German Identity | Idealized and Shattered Identities in Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind


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Saturday, September 17, 2011
 

Restrepo

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, USA, 2010, 93 minutes)

Nominated for best documentary feature at the Oscars, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s film was compiled after spending a year dug in with the Second Platoon in one of Afghanistan’s most strategically crucial valleys. The film reveals extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of backbreaking labor, deadly firefights, and camaraderie as the soldiers painfully push back the Taliban. Hetherington was killed in April 2011 while covering the political uprising in Libya. Free

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Identity Shifts in Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia

4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 House, Conference Room

Lecture by P. Adams Sitney, professor of visual arts and continuing lecturer in the Council of Humanities at Princeton University and cofounder of Anthology Film Archives. His publications include Visionary Cinema, Modernist Montage, and most recently, Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson. Cosponsored by the Departments of Film and Media Culture and Russian, and the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Free

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Incendies

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Denis Villeneuve, Canada/France, 2010, 130 minutes)

A mother’s last wish sends twins Simon and Jeanne on a journey to the Middle East in search of their roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, this film tells the powerful tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of ingrained hatred, never-ending wars, and enduring love. Nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Potiche

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(François Ozon, France, 2010, 103 minutes)

When striking employees take her husband hostage, a trophy wife (Catherine Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover (Gérard Depardieu), a former union leader. François Ozon’s broad comedy film is presented in French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French. Free

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Another Year

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Mike Leigh, UK, 2010, 129 minutes)

British director Mike Leigh is renowned for his acclaimed films, which include Secrets and Lies and Vera Drake. His newest film takes a look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. “Love and loneliness are presented, in almost equal parts, with subdued precision in the richly abundant Another Year.”—USA Today

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kluge’s Yesterday Girl and Post-War German Identity

4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 House, Conference Room

Lecture by Stuart Liebman, professor of media studies at the City University of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center Programs in Art History and Theatre. Liebman’s specialty is the cinema of the Holocaust, Jewish cinema, and post-WWII German film. Cosponsored by the Departments of Film and Media Culture, Religion, German, and History; the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs; Brainerd Commons, and the Aquinnah Fund for Jewish Studies. Free

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK/France/Germany/Spain/Netherlands 2010, 114 minutes)

Celebrated filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul tells the story of Uncle Boonmee, who has chosen to spend his final days in the countryside surrounded by his loved ones. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long-lost son returns home in a nonhuman form. “Encountered in an appropriately exploratory frame of mind, [this movie] can produce something close to bliss”—New York Times. In Thai with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vincere

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France, 2009, 128 Minutes)

This story of Mussolini’s secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino was nominated for a Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival. “It’s a thrilling, at times brilliant piece of staging that never forgets the emotional pull of either the tragic personal tale or the ramifications of history”—Variety. In Italian with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Banksy, 2010, USA/UK, 87 minutes)

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars, this innovative film tells the story of how an eccentric French shopkeeper and amateur filmmaker attempted to locate and befriend the enigmatic graffiti artist Banksy, only to have him turn the camera back on its owner. The film features Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader, and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. Free

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Written on the Wind

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Douglas Sirk, USA, 1956, 99 minutes)

Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall star in this classic 1956 Douglas Sirk melodrama, a stylishly debauched tale of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring. “This is a perverse and wickedly funny [film] in which you can find the seeds of . . . prime-time soaps. Sirk is the one who established their tone, in which shocking behavior is treated with passionate solemnity, while parody burbles beneath”—Roger Ebert. Scholar Tony Pipolo gives a related lecture on November 14 (see associated listing). Free

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Idealized and Shattered Identities in Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind

4:30 p.m., Axinn Center, Room 232

Lecture by Tony Pipolo, psychoanalyst and emeritus professor of film at the City University of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. Sirk’s 1956 film, screened at Middlebury on November 12 (see associated listing), is considered a classic of American cinema. Roger Ebert noted its irony and excesses: “To a greater degree than we realize, our lives and decisions are formed by pop clichés and conventions. Films that exaggerate our fantasies help us to see them—to be amused by them, and by ourselves. They clear the air.” Cosponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture and the Program in American Studies. Free

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Strange Case of Angelica

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/France/Spain/Brazil, 2010, 97 minutes)

A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter. He becomes obsessed with her beauty and begins to retreat from the world. “This fresh, highly original film, inspired by [director Manoel de] Oliveira’s substantially different, never-filmed 1952 script, has been made with the greatest of ease and simplicity and with drollery and wit, yet its underlying impact is profoundly spiritual”—Los Angeles Times. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Animal Kingdom

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(David Michôd, Australia, 2010, 113 minutes)

Writer-director David Michôd’s film tells the story of 17-year-old “J” as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. “Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style.”—Los Angeles Times. Free

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Illusionist

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Sylvain Chomet, UK/France, 2010, 80 minutes)

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. Nominated for the Best Animated Feature of the Year at the Oscars, The Illusionist is “gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy”—The Philadelphia Inquirer. In French with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22, 2012*

Carlos

2:00, 4:00, and 8:00 p.m. each day*, Dana Auditorium

(Olivier Assayas, France/Germany, 2010, 330 minutes)

This TV miniseries tells the story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. Directed by Olivier Assayas, Carlos was hailed by critics as a “hypnotic and sprawling five-hour-plus piece of cinematic genius”—Los Angeles Times. In French with English subtitles. Free. *Screenings of part 1 at 2:00 pm, part 2 at 4:00 pm, and part 3 at 8:00 pm both days.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rabbit Hole

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(John Cameron Mitchell, USA, 2010, 91 minutes)

Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in a car accident. Painful, poignant, and often funny, the mother’s experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with the troubled young comic-book artist who killed her son. Based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckert, and Dianne Wiest. Free

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Meek’s Cutoff

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Kelly Reichardt, USA, 2010, 104 minutes)

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions in director Kelly Reichardt’s 2010 western. A “marvelous, minimalist epic, [which] amounts to a master class in the power of observation”—Wall Street Journal. Winner of an Independent Spirit Award; nominated for a Venice Film Festival Golden Lion. Free

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Of Gods and Men

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Xavier Beauvois, France, 2010, 122 minutes)

Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Of Gods and Men is “a drama of character, and warm humanity”—Wall Street Journal. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the French Department. Free

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tabloid
Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tabloid

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Errol Morris, USA, 2010, 87 minutes)

A documentary about a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon missionary, the newest film from legendary documentarian Errol Morris is “bonkers in all the best possible ways”—Variety. A 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival Favorite. Free

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Biutiful

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico/Spain, 2010, 148 minutes)

Biutiful is the story of Uxbal—a single father who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt, and mortality amid the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona—all before his time is up. Nominated for two Academy Awards, including best foreign language film and best actor for Javier Bardem. In Spanish with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thin Ice (previously titled The Convincer)

Discussion with Producer Andrew Peterson ’87

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Jill Sprecher, USA, 2010, 114 minutes)

An insurance agent is looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife, and escape the dismal Midwestern weather. His attempt to con a farmer out of a rare violin in order to accomplish these goals sparks a series of unpredictable events. Billy Crudup, Greg Kinnear, and Alan Arkin star in Jill Sprecher’s well-cast romp. Producer Andrew Peterson ’87 presents the film and takes questions after each screening. Free

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Poetry

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Chang-dong Lee, South Korea, 2010, 139 minutes)

A 60-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. This latest film from South Korean director Chang-dong Lee won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. In Korean with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Film Unfinished

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Yael Hersonski, Germany/Israel, 2010, 88 minutes)

Yael Hersonski’s documentary features the footage of an infamous and unfinished Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto. “A Film Unfinished tackles issues of memory, history, intent—the lies of propaganda as they bend the truth of what we see”—Boston Globe. In German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Holocaust Remembrance Film Fund. Free

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Everyone Else

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Maren Ade, Germany, 2009, 119 minutes

While on a Mediterranean vacation, a seemingly happy husband and wife find their connection to one another tested. Everyone Else is “about private, emotional phenomena: the tiny tremors and imperceptible shifts that bring a couple closer together or drive them apart, almost without their noticing”—Boston Globe. Written and directed by Maren Ade. In German with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Prophet

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

(Jacques Audiard, France/Italy, 2009, 155 minutes)

Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes, this film from Jacques Audiard tells the gripping story of a young Arab man who is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. “One of those rare films in which the moral stakes are as insistent and thought through as the aesthetic choices”—New York Times. In French with English subtitles. Free

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Certified Copy

(Abbas Kiarostami, France/Italy/Belgium, 2010, 106 minutes)

Juliette Binoche won the best actress prize at the Cannes 2010 festival for her performance in this playful and provocative romantic drama. “The Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s delicious brain tickler, Certified Copy, is an endless hall of mirrors whose reflections multiply as its story of a middle-aged couple driving through Tuscany carries them into a metaphysical labyrinth”—New York Times. In French with English subtitles. Free

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