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.

3.2 Winter 2020 Week 2: Thinking across borders

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This week IC co-directors Chip Oscarson and Marc Yamada preview the films that will be playing 15-18 January at International Cinema including
Blinded by the Light (02:49) a Sundance hit from 2019 by British director Gurinder Chadha, also known for directing the hit Bend it like Beckham (2002); Tel Aviv on Fire (04:58) a comedy set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict directed by Sameh Zoabi from 2018; Francis Ford Coppola’s incomparable The Godfather (08:23) from 1972; and documentary, The Cordillera of Dreams (11:15) by Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán from 2019. If you are interested in analyses of the film that played as part of our encore, kick-off week-end, go back to episodes recorded last fall. For a discussion of The Farewell, listen to fall 2019 episode 10. For a discussion of Mothers’ Instinct, listen to fall 2019 episode 5.

3.1 Preview of Winter 2020

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Welcome to another semester of “From the Booth” the podcast of BYU’s International Cinema. This week we are giving an preview of the films and series making up our Winter 2020 line up. Co-hosts Chip Oscarson and Marc Yamada are joined today by Greg Stallings (Spanish) and IC assistant director Marie-Laure Oscarson to talk about the films and make some recommendations. Download the semester poster here.

02:17 Upstairs Downstairs
10:04 The Films of Satoshi Kon
12:07 Women in Cinema
18:44 Anthropocene Cinema
21:20 Recommendations for the semester

Fall 2019 Episode 14: Political Horror and The Legacy of Bruce Lee

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This week Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson are joined by Greg Stallings (Spanish and Portuguese) to discuss the last week of films for fall 2019 that combined horror, anime, and films by/about the legendary Bruce Lee. They also reflect back on the semester and their favorite films.

01:06 The Orphanage (J.A. Bayona, Spanish, 2007)
09:30 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda, Japanese, 2006)
17:47 Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, English/Cantonese, 1972) and I Am Bruce Lee (Pete McKormack, English, 2012)
28:45 Reflection on semester series
36:23 Favorite films from the semester

Fall 2019 Episode 13: Global Cinema

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The week before Thanksgiving was an eclectic and diverse feast at International Cinema with films from Africa, America, the Middle East and Scandinavia. We discuss the commonalities and differences:

Discussion of Past Films:
05:02 Supa Modo (Likarion Walnalna, Kikuyu/Swahili/English, 2018)
27:16 Capernaum (Nadine Labaki, Arabic/Amharic, 2018)
30:35 The Bridge (Charlotte Sieling, Swedish/Danish, 2011)
23:53 Free Solo (Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, English, 2018)

Previews:
24:55 The Orphanage (J.A. Bayona, Spanish, 2007)
26:58 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda, Japanese, 2006)
29:30 Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, English/Cantonese, 1972) and I Am Bruce Lee (Pete McKormack, English, 2012)

Fall 2019 Episode 12: Representing Blackness

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This week on “From the Booth” IC co-directors Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson discuss the challenge of representing race and the experience of being black, in contemporary film. The discussion takes its lead from Prof. Kristin Matthew’s provocative lecture this last week at IC that challenged viewers to think more deeply about the way blackness and whiteness is portrayed in film.

00:00 Intro
01:48 Dr. Kristin Matthews’s Lecture excerpt
06:15 Discussion of Green Book (Peter Farrelly, English, 2018), If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, English, 2018), and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, English, 2019)
17:58 Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, French, 2014)

Previews
22:32 Supa Modo (Likarion Walnalna, Kikuyu/Swahili/English, 2018)
23:53 Free Solo (Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, English, 2018)
27:16 Capernaum (Nadine Labaki, Arabic/Amharic, 2018)
30:35 The Bridge (Charlotte Sieling, Swedish/Danish, 2011)

Fall 2019 Episode 11: Walls

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In this episode IC co-directors Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson talk about the visit of filmmaker Emelie Mahdavian and the film she produced, Midnight Traveler (2019). Prof. Rob McFarland (German) joins them for a discussion of the three Berlin-Wall themed films for last week, and then they preview the films for 13-16 November that all deal with representing race on film.

00:50 Midnight Traveler (Hassan Fazili, Dari, 2019)
08:07 Balloon (Michael Herbig, German, 2018)
12:08 Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, German, 2003)
17:34 Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, German, 1987)

Previews:
26:18 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, English, 2019)
28:12 Green Book (Peter Farrelly, English, 2018)
31:43 If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, English, 2018)
34:53 Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, French, 2014)

Fall 2019 Episode 10: Dealing with Death (and Dying)

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It was Halloween week at IC, and on this week’s podcast, Marie-Laure Oscarson and Chip Oscarson discuss with Marc Yamada and Doug Weatherford the films from 30 October-2 November 2019 and then preview the films for 6 November-9 November.

00:57 The Farewell (Lulu Wang, Mandarin/English, 2019)
06:10 A Tale of Two Sisters (Kee-woon Kim, Korean, 2003) with Marc Yamada (IC co-director)
10:47 Meeting Gorbachev (Werner Herzog & André Singer, German/Russian, Polish, English, 2018)
14:12 Macario (Roberto Gavaldón, Spanish, 1960) with Doug Weatherford (Spanish and Portuguese)

Previews:
27:58 Introducing the films about the Berlin Wall
29:49 Balloon (Michael Herbig, German, 2018)
31:05 Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, German, 1987)
34:31 Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, German, 2003)
37:41 Midnight Traveler (Hassan Fazili, Dari, 2019)

Fall 2019 Episode 9: Finding Yourself in a Globalized World

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“From the Booth” Fall 2019, episode 9 in which IC co-directors Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson discuss the films from 23-26 October including:

02:21 29:53 Ash is Purest White (Zhangke Jia, Mandarin, 2018)
09:35 The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra, Hindi/English, 2013)
15:23 Manta Ray (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thai, 2018)
20:14 Gaza (Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell, Arabic, 2019)

Previews:
25:01 A Tale of Two Sisters (Kee-woon Kim, Korean, 2003)
26:45 Macario (Roberto Gavaldón, Spanish, 1960)
29:14 The Farewell (Lulu Wang, Mandarin/English, 2019)
31:40 Meeting Gorbachev (Werner Herzog & André Singer, German/Russian, Polish, English, 2018)

Fall 2019 Episode 8: The Eyes of Another

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This week Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson (IC co-directors) discuss Kurosawa’s noir film High and Low as well as films that each in their own way invite the spectator to consider other perspectives. This episode includes and special discussion of Embrace of the Serpent with Prof. Rex Nielson (Spanish & Portuguese). Here are the time codes for the episode:

01:10 High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, Japanese, 1963)
07:56 The Other Story (Avi Nesher, Hebrew/Arabic, 2018)
11:22 Human Flow (Weiwei Ai, Eng./numerous lang., 2017)
14:41 Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, Spanish/German/Various S. American langs., 2015)

Previews:
29:53 Ash is Purest White (Zhangke Jia, Mandarin, 2018)
32:17 The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra, Hindi/English, 2013)
35:07 Manta Ray (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thai, 2018)
36:54 Gaza (Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell, Arabic, 2019)

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.

Analysis:
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)

Previews:
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)

Previews:
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).