From the Booth

a Podcast from BYU’s International Cinema

The directors of the Brigham Young University International Cinema and their special guests discuss the films showing at BYU’s International Cinema–one of the longest running college cinema programs of its kind in the world. IC screens over eighty of the best contemporary and classic films from all over the world each year with support from the BYU College of Humanities, and you can get background about the films here. “From the Booth” is a great way to get insights into foreign films, the history of cinema, and about what is going on in the world of media studies. Click here to find out how to subscribe.

Fall 2019 Episode 7: Memories of War

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On this week’s episode, IC co-directors Chip Oscarson and Marc Yamada discuss the films of Oct. 9-12 that all explored the challenges of dealing with the lasting memories of war. They then preview the films for Oct. 16-19.

1:46 Wings (Larisa Shepitko, Russian, 1966)
04:48 The Load (Ognjen Glavonic, Serbian, 2018)
09:03 The Unknown Soldier (Aku Louhimies, Finnish, 2017)
13:41 They shall not grow old (Peter Jackson, English, 2018)

18:44 Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, Spanish/German/Various S. American langs., 2015)
22:57 High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, Japanese, 1963)
25:22 The Other Story (Avi Nesher, Hebrew/Arabic, 2018)
27:42 Human Flow (Weiwei Ai, Eng./numerous lang., 2017)

Fall 2019 Ep. 6: Unconventional Families

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This week Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson discuss the films from 2-4 October at International Cinema including:
01:39 Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, Japanese, 2012)
06:37 Panique (Julien Duvivier, French, 1946)
11:49 América  (Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, Spanish, 2018)

They also preview the films for the coming week of 9-12 October that make us the series “Memories of War” (16:33). These films include:
17:12 Wings (Larisa Shepitko, Russian, 1966)
19:43 The Load (Ognjen Glavonic, Serbian, 2018)
20:40 The Unknown Soldier (Aku Louhimies, Finnish, 2017)
24:28 They shall not grow old (Peter Jackson, English, 2018)

Fall 2019 Ep. 5: Complex Mothers

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This week Chip and Marie-Laure Oscarson analyze the films from 25-28 September that were part of our week’s theme “Complex Mothers” dealing with multilayered characters embodying different aspects of maternal love. Marc Yamada then joins Chip to preview the coming week’s films.

00:55 Loveling(Gustavo Pizzi, Portuguese, 2018)
6:15 Mother’s Instinct (Olivier Masset-Depasse, French, 2018)
9:34 Disappearance of My Mother (Benjamin Barrese, Italian, 2019)
15:33 Mildred Pierce(Michael Curtiz, English, 1945)

20:34 Panique (Julien Duvivier, French, 1946)
23:36 Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, Japanese, 2012)
26:59 América  (Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, Spanish, 2018)

Fall 2019 Ep. 4: Transitions, Borders, and the Spaces that Link Us

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This week IC directors Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson discuss the roaring success of the film Icebox at IC and some of the discussions it generated along with the other films of week 2. Marie-Laure Oscarson joins them for the preview of the films for week three all about complex mother figures. Here are the time codes for the discussions if you are worried about spoilers:

0:49 Icebox (Daniel Sawka, Spanish/Eng., 2018)
5:15 M (Fritz Lang, German, 1931)
11:38 Columbus (Kogonada, English, 2017)
15:07 Bauhaus Spirit (Niels Bolbrinker and Thomas Tielsch, German/English/Spanish, 2018)

16:44 Previews for week 3 at IC including:
17:18 Mother’s Instinct (Olivier Masset-Depasse, French, 2018)
19:32 Loveling(Gustavo Pizzi, Portuguese, 2018)
21:48 Mildred Pierce(Michael Curtiz, English, 1945)
24:25 Disappearance of My Mother (Benjamin Barrese, Italian, 2019)

Fall 2019, Episode 3: Confronting Crazy Rich (or Poor?) Consumer Cultures and Stereotypes

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This week Chip Oscarson and Marc Yamada discuss the raucous reception of Crazy Rich Asians at IC and contrast it with Koreeda’s Shoplifters. They also explore how Double Indemnity is a quintessential noir and ground breaking Hollywood film. They also preview the films for the coming week.

0:00 Introductions

3:09 Discussion of Crazy Rich Asians

5:23 Discussion of Shoplifters

10:51 Discussion of film noir and Double Indemnity

18:38 Apollo 11 and direct documentary

20:27 Coming Attractions

21:10 Preview of Icebox

23:43 Preview of M

26:22 Preview of Columbus

28:33 Preview of Bauhaus Spirit: 100 years of Bauhaus

Fall 2019, Episode 2: Rethinking Stereotypes

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This week we preview the films for IC’s first full week of the fall semester including Jon Chu’s smash hit Crazy Rich Asians (English/Mandarin, 2018), the 2018 Palme d’Or winner at Canne Shoplifters (Hirokazu Koreeda, Japanese, 2018), the classic film noir Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, English, 1944), and the documentary Apollo 11 (Todd Douglas Miller, English, 2019). For those wanting to hear a discussion of last week’s films they can find them on the episodes from last semester including Transit (W19 episode 11) and Mirai (in W19 episode 13).

Fall 2019, Episode 1: Welcome to Fall 2019 at International Cinema

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The International Cinema podcast is back for another semester! In this kick-off episode Marie-Laure Oscarson, Marc Yamada, and Chip Oscarson preview the highlights of the semester to come including discussion of the series “International Noirs,” “Chinese Diaspora,” “Complex Mothers,” and “Bridges and Walls.” Also, a highlight of some of the films they are most excited to have showing at IC this semester.


Episode 14: Wrapping up Winter 2019

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In our final podcast for the winter 2019 IC season, we take a quick look back at the semester as well as go into depth about the last week of films including: the Bollywood hit A Match Made by God (6.44), the perfect end-of-the-semester thriller Bad Genius (18.00), a poetic documentary Burma Storybook (24.25), and a ground-breaking Basque film Giant (28.48). We end with a quick preview of films that we are considering for this fall’s lineup (33.44). This will be the last episode until this fall when IC programing resumes. Thanks for listening.

Episode 13. Talking Animation and Globalization

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In this week’s episode of “From the Booth” we talk about Michel Ocelot’s 2006 cross-cultural animated film (00:52) Azur & Asmar  as well the latest film from acclaimed anime director Mamoru Hosoda, (12:04) Mirai (2018). We also get into some of the troubling dimensions of globalization in our discussion of (19:12) Invisible Hands by the journalist Shraysi Tandon, the first feature documentary that exposes child labor and child trafficking within the supply chains of the world’s biggest corporations.

Episode 12. Is this Reality or is it a Dream? Opera on Film

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This week we talk about the films from Opera week at International Cinema: (02:19) the 1989 staging of the modernist Strauss/Hofmannsthal’s Elektra at the Vienna State Opera House; (07:33) Farewell my Concubine the Mandarin language epic by Chen Kaige set in the world of Peking opera; and (15:37) the incomparable The Magic Flute (1975) that highlight’s Ingmar Bergman’s skills as a theater and film director as he puts Mozart on the big screen. We also talk about the inspiring story of a forgotten American hero Wilma Mankiller (22:52), the first female principle chief for the Cherokee Nation as told in the 2017 documentary Mankiller. Next preview next week’s films–the last week of films for the Winter 2019 semester–including:(28:12) Giant (Jon Garaño/Aitor Arregi, Spanish/Basque 2017), (29:18) Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya, Thai 2017), (30:48) A Match Made by God (Aditya Chopra, Hindi 2008), and (32:41) the documentary about poets in Myanmar, Burma Storybook (Petr Lom, Burmese 2017).

Episode 11. Swimming Upstream

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This week’s films all featured characters who are swimming upstream although in very different circumstances. We start by talking about Christian Petzold’s 2018 Transit(02:50)–“Casablanca meets Kafka” as one critic wrote. We then move on to discuss Laura Bispuri’s deft exploration of motherhood in Daughter of Mine (08:27) and Erika Cohn’s exploration of attitudes about gender and the law in The Judge(2017) (14:24), a documentary about Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman to be appointed to as a judge to a Sharia court. Lastly we look at Javier Bardem’s masterful performance of a man fighting for the right to die in The Sea Inside (2004) (19:35). We end by previewing next week’s from our short series “Global Animation” including Michel Ocelot’s 2006 Azur & Asmar (23:13) and Mamoru Hosoda’s 2018 Mirai (27:07)along with the timely documentary Invisible Hands (2018) (29:42) about child labor and trafficking by journalist Shraysi Tandon.

Episode 10. Oppression and Self-Expression

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In this week’s episode, IC assistant director Marie-Laure Julien Oscarson and IC co-director Chip Oscarson are joined by special guest Prof. Greg Stallings (Spanish and Portuguese) to discuss the films from our series “Oppression and Self Expression” including the film festival darling (01:31) Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski, Polish/French 2018), (10:58) The Fencer (Klaus Härö, Estonian/Russian 2015), and (15:30) Black Kite (Tarique Qayumi, Dari, 2017). This week’s schedule is rounded out by the Sundance hit film (21:40 )RBG (Betsy West and Julie Cohen, English 2018) about the work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg–part of our four-week long series “Women and Politics.” Also this week we preview the films from 27-30 March, Opera Week: (26:38) Elektra (Brian Large, German 1989), (28:24) Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige, Mandarin 1993), (28:54) The Magic Flute (Bergman, Swedish, 1975), and the documentary (31:53) Mankiller (Valerie Red-Horse, English 2017) about the life and work of Wilma Mankiller the woman ever to be first Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Episode 9: Creativity and Disability

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In this week’s podcast we discuss the interplay of disability and creativity in the films (1:11) Maudie (Aisling Walsh 2016), (5:01) Mademoiselle Paradis (Barbara Albert 2018), and (9:36) A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada 2016) as well as the remarkable work of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Nadia Murad depicted in the documentary (14:28) On Her Shoulders (Alexandra Bombach 2018). We also preview the films for March 13-16 including (20:32) The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenáber 2004) starring Javier Bardem, (22:04) Transit (2018) the latest film from German stand-out director Christian Petzold, the Italian mother(s)-daughter drama (25:12) Daughter of Mine (Laura Bispuri 2018), and the Arabic language documentary (26:59) The Judge (Erika Cohn 2017) about the first female judge in a Sharia court.

Episode 8: Borg vs. McEnroe and Cléo from 5 to 7 and a Preview of our series “Oppression and Self-Expression”

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On this week’s podcast we take a deeper look at (0:52) Borg vs. McEnroe (Metz Pedersen, Swedish/Eng. 2017), Agnès Varda’s classic from the French New Wave (04:56) Cléo from 5 to 7 (French 1962), the hit Spanish film (11:10) Truman (Cesc Gay 2015), and the provacative documentary (13:38) What is Democracy? by Astrid Taylor (English/Greek/Arabic 2019). We also preview films from the week March 13-16 the form our series “Oppression and Self-Expression” including: (18:34) The Fencer (Klau Härö, Estonian/Russian 2015), the Oscar-nominated (20:52) Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski, Polish/French 2018), (22:33) Black Kite (Tarique Qayumi, Dari 2017), and the Sundance favorite documentary RBG (Betsy West/Julie Cohen, USA 2018).

Episode 7. Talking about Los Reyes Mexicanos de Hollywood: the Work and Influence of del Toro, Iñárritu, and Cuarón

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Greg Stallings and Doug Weatherford are special guests for the podcast.

In this episode we talk with special guests Profs. Greg Stallings (Spanish and Portuguese) and Doug Weatherford (Spanish and Portuguese) about (1:27) The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017), Biutiful (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2010), Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006) as well as (23:46) the documentary Hale County this Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross, 2018). Also in this episode we (26:31) preview this week’s films : (27:04) Mademoiselle Paradis (German/French, Barbara Albert, 2018), (28:15) A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada, Japanese, 2016), (29:18) Maudie (Aisling Walsh, English 2016), and (30:41) On Her Shoulders (Alexandria Bombach, English/Arabic/Kurdish 2018).