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Hirschfield International Film Series 2021-2022

Extraordinary international and independent films, in-person and online most Saturdays from September through May.  Free and open to the public.

In-person screenings will take place at 3:00pm and 8:00pm in Axinn 232 this Fall and are currently limited to our on-campus community of students, faculty, and staff who have been approved to be on campus.  All current campus guidelines must be followed including the use of well-fitting face coverings inside.  Seating capacity is limited to 65 for each screening.

New titles are being added monthly so check back regularly and subscribe to ArtsMail to stay informed about upcoming screenings.

Some of the works in this series may be inappropriate for children; many titles are unrated or have not been rated at the time of the screening.

Skip to a movie listing: The Rescue | 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour | New French Shorts 2021 | Transition | The Year of the Everlasting Storm | Flee | The Worst Person In The World | Petite Maman | A Son | Passing | Beans | Hive | White on White |


September 18th, Saturday

The Rescue

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person)

UDPATE! New location: Middlebury Marquis Theatre, 65 Main Street, Middlebury, VT

No RSVP or tickets are required for the in-person screening.  Seating is limited to 100 for each screening (3pm and 8pm) and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

(Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, USA, 2021, 1h 54min) Free

THE RESCUE chronicles the dramatic 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin reveal the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of an entire community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. An outing to explore a nearby system of caves after soccer practice transformed into a two-week saga of survival and a story that would capture the world’s attention. With exclusive access and never-before-seen footage from the rescue, the film tells the story of the imagination, determination and unprecedented teamwork displayed during this heroic edge-of-your-seat mission with life-or-death stakes.

Rating: Not Yet Rated

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September 25th, Saturday

2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65*

*Please be aware that this screening is in-person only for students, faculty, and staff approved to be on campus.  See below for a companion virtual screening of 2021 New French Shorts.*

Total Run Time: 1h 35min, Free

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years.

Program:

BJ's Mobile Gift Shop / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jason Park) — A young Korean-American hustler runs throughout the city of Chicago making sales out of his "mobile gift shop." U.S. Fiction

Jason Park was born and raised in the city of Chicago, Jason Park pursued filmmaking after a year of missionary work on the island of Palau. He's made several short films that have played in numerous international film festivals and has been selected for programs like Film Independent's Project Involve and the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is developing his first feature film.

Black Bodies / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall) — A Black man laments as he comes face-to-face with the realities of being Black in the 21st century. International Fiction

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall is a director, screenwriter, and social activist whose work includes award-winning short film Haven (2018) and two-part short film Black Bodies and Marathon (2020). Marathon was released online and has amassed more than 25,000 views. Black Bodies was selected for the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and awarded the Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award for social change through film.

The Criminals / France, Romania, Turkey (Director and Screenwriter: Serhat Karaaslan) — In a town in Turkey, a young couple is looking for some privacy. They are rejected from the hotels because they do not have a marriage certificate. When they think they found a way, the situation gets out of hand. The Criminals received the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Writing. - International Fiction.

Serhat Karaaslan has directed one feature film and several shorts. His short films were screened and awarded in major festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival and Festival del film Locarno. His debut film, Passed by Censor (Cannes Cinéfondation Residence), premiered at the 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it received the critics award, and won several awards at festivals around the world.

KKUM / South Korea, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Kang-min Kim) — My mother's dreams have always been strong premonitions for important moments in my life. I rely on her dreams more than any religion. - Animation

Kang-min Kim was born in Incheon, South Korea, in 1979. In 2011 he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts. He is currently working as a freelance artist.

To Know Her / U.S.A., Hong Kong (Director: Natalie Chao) — A poetic exploration of the camera's gaze and a family's relationship with the filmmaker's mother. - Non-Fiction

Natalie A. Chao is a filmmaker and cinematographer who completed her bachelor's degree in film production at University of Southern California. Born, raised, and currently based in Hong Kong, she is interested in bridging the gap between realism and poetry in order to tell stories through a more engaged and intentional gaze—one that can map out our memories, not drawing lines between camera and subject, identity and politics. She is currently a 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow.

White Wedding / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Melody C. Roscher) — Amidst a racially tense Southern wedding, a biracial bride has the chance to confront her estranged Black father after accidentally hiring his wedding band to perform. - U.S. Fiction

Melody C. Roscher hails from Richmond, Virginia, and New York City, and she is developing her feature directorial debut, Bird in Hand. In addition to directing, she's half of the producing team The Wonder Club, with Craig Shilowich. Together, they are producing Robin Comisar's upcoming feature Great Choice. Roscher recently produced Christine, James White, Creative Control, and Simon Killer, as well as line-producing HBO's The Jinx.

Wiggle Room / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Sam Guest, Julia Baylis) — Determined to save her wheelchair ramp from repossession, Daisy confronts the shady insurance agent who owes her money. Wiggle Room received the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Acting. - U.S. Fiction.

Sam Guest and Julia Baylis are an American-Canadian directing duo who collaborate under their production company Anarene Films. Their projects have been featured on Dazed, The FADER, and NPR. Wiggle Room is their first narrative film.


September 25th, Saturday

2021 New French Shorts

3:00PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

*Please be aware that this screening is virtual only.  If you wish to attend an in-person screening this week see the listing above for 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour.*

Total Run Time: 2h 15min, Free

This annual showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France includes the Oscar-nominated animated short Genius Loci and César Award winners And Then the Bear and So What if the Goats Die? Boasting festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, and beyond, this feature-length program of delightful, funny, charming, and provocative French shorts is sure to fill you with joie de vivre.

New French Shorts 2021 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

By a Hair
dir. Lauriane Escaffre and Yvonnick Muller, 21m
In three days, Elodie must take the hair removal exam for her beautician diploma. Her father would prefer she work with him in his butcher’s shop, but loves her so much that when her friend doesn’t show up to be her model for the exam, he reluctantly takes her place... with hysterical results.

Genius Loci
dir. Adrien Mérigeau, 16m
This Oscar®-nominated short centers on Reine, a young black woman and a loner. She sees within the urban chaos a mystical oneness that seems alive and guides her in her path to self-discovery and transformation.

Haute Cuisine
dir. Merryl Roche, 24m
Since Marie has joined the team at multi-starred chef Bruno Mercier's restaurant, all she thinks about is improving herself. But Thomas, the sous-chef who manages the kitchen on a day-to-day basis, is wary of this possible rival. During her shift, Marie cuts herself, letting a few drops of blood fall into and mix with her sauce, giving new meaning to the term “blood rivals".

So What if the Goats Die?
dir. Sofia Alaoui, 23m
Abdellah, a young shepherd living in the Atlas Mountains, is forced to brave the snow in order to get food and save his goats. Once he arrives at the village, he faces a supernatural phenomenon.

And Then the Bear
dir. Agnès Patron, 14m
In this fanciful animation, houses will burn through the night. Men and women will tremble. Hordes of children will come together and howl as they dance alone on the ashes like wild bears. It only takes one shout to wake them all from their slumber!

Sukar
dir. Ilias El Faris, 10m
The beach in Casablanca is a playground for kids and the site of adolescent romantic encounters. But the police are always watching and no forbidden temptation is permitted. When a fight distracts their attention, two young lovers seize the opportunity to kiss…

Olla
dir. Ariane Labed, 27m
Olla replied to an advertisement on a dating website for women from Eastern Europe. She has just moved in with Pierre who lives with his elderly mother. But nothing goes as planned.


October 2nd, Saturday

Transition

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65*

Q&A with Director Sas Carey in Axinn 232 following each in-person screening.

In Transition 27-year-old medical doctor Khongoroo grapples with what it means to remain in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar. She misses the beautiful but remote East Taiga, where two-dozen families and relatives live in a tight-knit Dukha reindeer herding community. Ulaanbaatar, a city of 1.5 million, offers her a job when the countryside does not. With work in the city, Khongoroo must decide whether to risk the health of her three-year old daughter in the polluted capital or leave her with her grandmother where the air is clean. Through the eyes and heart of Khongoroo, we experience the challenges from the city to the taiga and back that modern life brings.

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October 9th, Saturday

The Year of the Everlasting Storm

3:00PM, Online (Virtual Cinema) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65*

Q&A with Producer Brad Becker-Parton '11 and Co-Producer Matthew Cherchio '11 in Axinn 232 following each in-person screening. The Q&A will take place on Zoom at 5:15pm on Saturday October 9th at go.middlebury.edu/yotes/

Total Run Time: 2h, Free

A love letter to cinema, shot across the US, Iran, Chile, China and Thailand, by seven of today's most vital filmmakers. New life in the old house. A breakaway, a reunion. Surveillance and reconciliation. An unrecognizable world, in the year of the everlasting storm.

Films by

Jafar Panâhi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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October 16th, Saturday

Flee

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65 PEOPLE*

(Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Denmark | France | Sweden | Norway | United States | Slovenia | Estonia | Spain | Italy| Finland, 2021, 1h 30min) Free

In Danish, English, Dari, Russian, and Swedish with English subtitles

Programmed in partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival

FLEE tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

Rating: Not Rated

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October 23rd, Saturday

The Worst Person In The World

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65 PEOPLE*

(Joachim TrierNorway | France | Sweden | Denmark, 2021, 2h 01min) Free

In Norwegian with English subtitles

Programmed in partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival

It chronicles four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

Rating: Not Rated

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October 30th, Saturday

Petite Maman

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65 PEOPLE*

(Céline Sciamma, France, 2021, 1h 12min) Free

In French with English subtitles

Programmed in partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival

Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother's childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse.

Rating: Not Rated

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November 6th, Saturday

A Son

original title (Un Fils)

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65 PEOPLE*

(Mehdi Barsaoui, Tunisia | France | Lebanon | Qatar, 2021, 1h 31min) Free

In Arabic and French with English subtitles

Tunisia, summer 2011.
The holiday to Southern country ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year old son Aziz when he is accidentally shot in an ambush.
His injury will change their lives as Aziz needs a liver transplant, which leads to the discovery of a long-buried secret. Will Aziz and their relationship survive?

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November 13th, Saturday

Passing

In-Person Only

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65 PEOPLE*

(Rebecca Hall, United Kingdom | United States, 2021, 1h 38min) Free

In English without subtites

Rating: PG-13

Adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, PASSING tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband (André Holland) and family, and soon her larger social circle as well. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare, and PASSING becomes a riveting examination of obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities.


Acclaimed upon its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, PASSING marks the directorial debut of Rebecca Hall, who also adapted the screenplay. The film intimately uses the notion of “passing” to explore not just racial identity but gender and the responsibilities of motherhood, sexuality and the performance of femininity. PASSING also stars Bill Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and Alexander Skarsgård; and is produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi (p.g.a.), Forest Whitaker (p.g.a.), Margot Hand (p.g.a.), Rebecca Hall (p.g.a.).

Read about this film on IMDB>>


November 20th, Saturday

Beans

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65 PEOPLE*

(Tracey Deer, Canada, 2020, 1h 32min) Free

In English, French, and Mohawk with English subtitles.

Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and delinquent adolescence; forced to grow up fast to become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the Indigenous uprising known as The Oka Crisis, which tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990.

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December 4th, Saturday

Hive

original title (Zgjoi)

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ONLINE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65 PEOPLE*

(Blerta Basholli, Kosovo | Switzerland | Macedonia | Albania, 2021, 1h 23min) Free

In Albanian with English subtitles.

Sundance triple award winner HIVE is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije, who has battled grief and financial struggle since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In hope of providing for her family, she launches a business selling hot pepper preserves, a controversial act of independence that scandalizes her patriarchal village. Amid doubts of her husband’s return, she struggles not only to keep her family afloat but against a hostile community who seeks to violently undermine the independence and sisterhood she is determined to gain.

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December 11th, Saturday

White on White

original title (Blanco en Blanco)

3:00 PM, Online (streaming) *REGISTER HERE*

3:00 PM and 8:00PM, Axinn 232 (in-person) *NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED BUT SEATING IS LIMITED TO 65 PEOPLE*

(Theo Court, Chile | Spain | France | Germany, 2021, 1h 40min) Free

In Spanish with English subtitles

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Pedro arrives in Tierra del Fuego, a violent and hostile territory, to immortalize the marriage of a powerful landowner.

Fascinated with the bride-to-be’s beauty, he betrays the rules and is left to face a land crawling with violence and marked by the genocide of its indigenous inhabitants.

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