Hirschfield International Film Series 2016-2017

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: Carol | Phoenix | The Measure of a Man | Anomalisa | Jauja | 45 Years | Lamb | Graduation | Right Now, Wrong Then | Chevalier | They Look Like People | Microbe & GasolineRacing Extinction | Tangerine| Sunset Song | Summertime | Our Little Sister | Youth | Son of Saul| Weiner | Theeb | Mountains May Depart | Mustang



September 17, Saturday

Carol

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Set in 1950s New York, two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in the throes of love in CAROL. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.

A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.

While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother when Carol’s involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) comes to light. As Carol leaves the comfort of home to travel with Therese, an internal journey of selfdiscovery coincides with her new sense of space.

Directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy, CAROL beautifully speaks to the transforming nature of characters within the road movie genre. In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, and with moving performances from a cast including Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith— CAROL reminds audiences that desire is often expressed in the absence of personal joy.  

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Todd Haynes, UK | USA, 2016, 1h 58min) Free

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September 24, Saturday

Phoenix

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (BARBARA, JERICHOW). Berlin, 1945: Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish, ex-nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp. But, like her country, she is scarred, her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Submerged in shadowy atmosphere and the haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex, Hitchcockian tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

In German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Holocaust Film Fund. (Christian Petzold, Germany | Poland, 2014, 1h 38min) Free

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October 1, Saturday

The Measure of a Man

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

At the age of 51 and after 20 months of unemployment, Thierry starts a new job that soon brings him face to face with a moral dilemma. How much is he willing to accept to keep his job?

In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French. (Stéphane Brizé, France, 2015, 1h 33min) Free

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October 8, Saturday

Anomalisa

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

From the mind of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) comes Anomalisa, a tender, touching and achingly funny black comedy - filmed entirely in breathtaking stop motion animation.

Michael Stone, a husband, father and successful motivational speaker, is crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to a customer service convention in Cincinnati, he checks into his hotel and prepares to once more go through the motions. But this time a chance meeting with Lisa, an unassuming baked goods sales rep, throws the dullness into disarray and Michael feels he may have just met someone who can make a change...

Smart, humorously absurd and bracingly humane, Anomalisa is a technically stunning work of animation, beautifully orchestrated by co-director Duke Johnson and scored by Carter Burwell (Carol, In Bruges, Fargo). Drawing brilliant performances from David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, it sees Charlie Kaufman at his daring, dazzling best.

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Charles Kaufman, USA, 2016, 1h 30min) Free

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October 22, Saturday

Jauja

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

An astonishingly beautiful and gripping Western starring Viggo Mortensen, JAUJA (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the late 1800s. 

Captain Gunnar Dinesen has come from abroad with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory, against his men’s wishes, to find the young couple. 

Featuring a superb performance from Mortensen, JAUJA (the name suggests a fabled city of riches sought by European explorers) is the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes him to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the future has no meaning.

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina | Denmark, 2014, 1h 49min) Free

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October 29, Saturday

45 Years

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

While preparing for their 45th anniversary, Kate and Geoff’s marriage is shaken with a discovery that calls into question the life they’ve built together. Screen legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won Best Actress & Best Actor at the Berlinale for this emotional tour-de-force from acclaimed director Andrew Haigh (Weekend).

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Andrew Haigh, UK, 2015, 1h 35min) Free

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November 5, Saturday

Lamb

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Yared Zeleke’s remarkable feature debut tells the story of young Ephraim, a half-Jewish, Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death. Ephraim uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home.

Drawing amazing performances from his cast of professional and non-professional actors, first time filmmaker Yared Zeleke tells his deceptively simple story with a refreshing honesty and naturalness. Beautifully shot against the majestic backdrop of Ethiopia's southern mountains, Lamb is an affecting tale about what people will risk in order to take charge of their own destinies.

Lamb is the first film from Ethiopia to be included in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Highly praised in Cannes and Toronto, the film has enjoyed international press attention in the Daily Monitor in Ethiopia, the New York Times, the Guardian, as well as coverage on BBC, CNN, and other media outlets.

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Yared Zeleke, Ethiopia, 2015, 1h 34min) Free

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November 12, Saturday CANCELED by Distributor

Graduation CANCELED by Distributor

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Internationally acclaimed director Cristian Mungiu (Palme d’Or winner for 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with a powerful and universal study about the imprecision of parenthood, the relativity of truth and the ambiguity of compromise, revealed by a father-daughter relationship. A unique and uncompromising vision.

In Romanian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Cristian Mungiu, Romania, 2016, 2h 8min) Free

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November 19, Saturday

Right Now, Wrong Then

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different.

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December 3, Saturday

Chevalier

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared, measured and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals, but at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the winner will wear the victorious signet ring: the “Chevalier”.

In Greek with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece, 2016, 1h 45min) Free

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January 14, Saturday

They Look Like People

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Wyatt suspects that people are transforming into malevolent shape-shifters and flees to New York City to seek out his estranged childhood friend Christian. As the mysterious horrors close in on Wyatt, he questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. A genre-bending story about love, loyalty and living nightmares.

Written, Directed, and Produced by Perry Blackshear (class of 2005), Co-produced, and Starring Evan Dumouchel (class of 2006.5) and MacLeod Andrews (class of 2007.5)

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Perry Blackshear '05, USA, 2016, 90 minutes) Free

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January 21, Saturday

Microbe & Gasoline

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline, a likeminded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France. This charming adventure from Michel Gondry (Mood Indigo, Be Kind Rewind) has been called his "most satisfying movie since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," reminding us how friendships can help us reach our true potential. Also starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, Da Vince Code)

In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series in association with the Vermont International Film Festival. (Michel Gondry, France, 2015, 105 minutes). Free

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January 28, Saturday

Racing Extinction

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

 A documentary about the ongoing Anthropogenic mass extinction of species and the efforts from scientists, activists and journalists to document it. The film deals with the illegal wildlife trade, including the filmmakers exposing a whale meat restaurant in the US and covert undercover investigations of the shark fin and Manta ray gill trade in Hong Kong and mainland China for traditional medicines.

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series in association with the Vermont International Film Festival. (Louie Psihoyos, USA, 2015, 90 minutes) Free

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February 18, Saturday

Tangerine

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, STARLET, "Generation Kill") hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the sex worker and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. Director Sean Baker’s prior films (STARLET, PRINCE OF BROADWAY) brought rich texture and intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on film. TANGERINE follows suit, bursting off the screen with energy and style. A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A., TANGERINE defies expectation at every turn.

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sean Baker, USA, 2015, 1h  22min) Free

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February 25, Saturday

Sunset Song

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Sunset Song is Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living auteur. The film takes place during the early years of the twentieth century, with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today. Set in a rural community, Sunset Song is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan and for the unforgiving land. The First World War reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet in a final moment of grace, Chris endures, now a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future. Sunset Song is at once epic in emotional scale and deeply romantic at its core, given power by Terence Davies’ unflinching poetic realism.

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Terence Davies, UK, 2015, 2h 15min) Free

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March 4, Saturday

Summertime

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In 1971 France, Delphine, the daughter of farmers, moves to Paris to break free from her rural lifestyle and to gain financial independence. There, she meets Carole, a Parisian actively involved in the stirrings of the feminist movement who also has a boyfriend. The two women engage in an affair that turns their lives upside down.

In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French and the Hirschefield International Film Series. (Catherine Corsini, France, 2015, 1h 45min) Free

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March 11, Saturday

Our Little Sister

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

“Our Little Sister”, directed by internationally acclaimed director Hirozaku Kore-eda, is adapted from Yoshida Akimi’s best-selling graphic novel “Umimachi Diary”. Three twenty-something sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – live together in a large old house in the seaside town of Kamakura. When they learn of their estranged father’s death, they decide to travel to the countryside for his funeral. There they meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu for the first time and, bonding quickly, invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and begins a new life with her older sisters.

Amidst the many and varied colors of Kamakura’s four seasons, the four sisters cause each other emotional anguish, and support each other through life’s trials, developing a very special bond in the process. Set against the summer ocean sparkling with sunlight, radiant autumn foliage, a tunnel of gorgeous yet impermanent cherry blossom trees, hydrangeas damp from the rainy season, and brilliant fireworks heralding the arrival of another summer, their moving and deeply relatable story depicts the irreplaceable moments that form a true family.

In Japanese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan, 2015, 2h 8min) Free

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March 18, Saturday

Youth

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner THE GREAT BEAUTY comes YOUTH, about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker.  While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career.  The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2014, 2h 4min) Free

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April 8, Saturday

Son of Saul

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.

In Polish and German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Holocaust Film Fund. (László Nemes, Hungary, 2015, 1h 47min) Free

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April 15, Saturday

Weiner

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Anthony Weiner was a young congressman on the cusp of higher office when a sexting scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Just two years later, he ran for mayor of New York City, betting that his ideas would trump his indiscretions. He was wrong. With unprecedented access to Weiner, his family and his campaign team, WEINER is a thrilling look inside a political comeback-turned-meltdown. What begins as an unexpected surge to the top of the polls takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and dissects his every move, Weiner desperately tries to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halt his political aspirations. With the city of New York as a loud and bustling backdrop, Weiner walks the line between political farce and personal tragedy as it plunges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humor, and pathos. 

Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, USA, 2016, 1h 36min) Free

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April 22, Saturday

Theeb

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers' quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Naji Abu Nowar's powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous “Bedouin Western” about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him.

In Arabic with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Naji Abu Nowar, Jordan, 1h 40min) Free

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April 29, Saturday

Mountains May Depart

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

China, 1999. In Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar. 2014. Tao is divorced and her son emigrates to Australia with his business magnate father. Australia, 2025. 19-year-old Dollar no longer speaks Chinese and can barely communicate with his now bankrupt father. All that he remembers of his mother is her name….

In Cantonese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Zhangke Jia, China, 2015, 2h 11min) Free

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May 6, Saturday

Mustang

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family.  The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides.  As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate.  The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.

In Turkish with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Turkey, 2015, 1h 37min) Free

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