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.

3.20 Winter 2020, Week 11 in Review part 2: Morgen

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In this episode we take a deeper look at the films that played during Week 11 at International Cinema. The discussion is in two parts.

In Part One:

  • Chip Oscarson talks with Marie-Laure Oscarson (IC Assistant Director) about Sofia (01:07), a 2018 film by director Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloisi about human rights, class, and women’s freedom in Morocco and;
  • We invite special guest Prof. Dan Paul (Italian Dept.) to discuss A Special Day (11:33), an Italian film from 2012 directed by Francesca Comencini that helps to pre-figure the #MeToo movement.

In Part Two:

  • Prof. Anca Sprenger joins us to discuss the Romanian New Wave and Morgen (part 2, 0:00) a slow-burn comedy set on the Romanian-Hungarian border directed by Marian Crisan and Anca Puiu from 2010.

3.20 Winter 2020, Week 11 in Review part 1: Sofia and A Special Day

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In this episode we take a deeper look at the films that played during Week 11 at International Cinema. The discussion is in two parts.

In Part One:

  • Chip Oscarson talks with Marie-Laure Oscarson (IC Assistant Director) about Sofia (01:07), a 2018 film by director Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloisi about human rights, class, and women’s freedom in Morocco and;
  • We invite special guest Prof. Dan Paul (Italian Dept.) to discuss A Special Day (11:33), an Italian film from 2012 directed by Francesca Comencini that helps to pre-figure the #MeToo movement.

In Part Two:

  • Prof. Anca Sprenger joins us to discuss the Romanian New Wave and Morgen (part 2, 0:00) a slow-burn comedy set on the Romanian-Hungarian border directed by Marian Crisan and Anca Puiu from 2010.

3.19 Winter 2020, Week 12 Preview: Varda by Agnès, Adventures of Prince Achmed, Exterminating Angel

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In this episode we preview the IC films for 25-28 March including:

  • Varda by Agnès (1:55) the last film written and directed by the great French filmmaker Agnès Varda before she passed away in 2019. Fittingly it is a documentary about her own work.
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed(07:19) the oldest surviving feature-length animated film by Lotte Reininger from 1926.
  • And lastly, The Exterminating Angel (12:12) by the great Luis Bunuel from 1962.

3.18 Winter 2020, Week 10 in Review, part 2: Sullivan’s Travels and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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This week IC directors Marie-Laure and Chip Oscarson discuss the films from the virus-shorted week 10 at IC (10-14 March) including:

In Part 1,

  • Woman at War (01:00) directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, a 2018 Icelandic film about Halla, a 50-year-old woman leading a double life as a passionate, environmental guerrilla activist;
  • And the documentary from Cameroonian filmmaker Rosine Mbakam from 2018: The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman (12:57)

Then in Part 2, Prof. Kerry Soper (Interdisciplinary Humanities) joins Chip Oscarson to discuss at pair of related comedies:

3.18 Winter 2020, Week 10 in Review, part 1: Woman at War and The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman

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This week IC directors Marie-Laure and Chip Oscarson discuss the films from the virus-shorted week 10 at IC (10-14 March) including:

In Part 1,

  • Woman at War (01:00) directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, a 2018 Icelandic film about Halla, a 50-year-old woman leading a double life as a passionate, environmental guerrilla activist;
  • And the documentary from Cameroonian filmmaker Rosine Mbakam from 2018: The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman (12:57)

Then in Part 2, Prof. Kerry Soper (Interdisciplinary Humanities) joins Chip Oscarson to discuss at pair of related comedies:

3.17 Winter 2020 Week 11 Preview: Sofia, Morgen, A Special Day, and One Child Nation

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Despite the temporary closure of International Cinema’s public screenings because of the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to preview the films that were to be screened in the hopes that you are able to find them elsewhere. We are working with distributors to see if we can work out arrangement to have IC go virtual. More on that if/when details become available. In the mean time here is Marie-Laure Oscarson, Marc Yamada, and Chip Oscarson introducing:

  • Sofia (01:21), a social drama from 2018 by director Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloisi about human rights and women’s freedom;
  • Morgen (04:30), a gentle comedy set on the Romanian-Hungarian border directed by Marian Crisan and Anca Puiu from 2010;
  • A Special Day (07:41)an Italian film from 2012 directed by Francesca Comencini that helps to pre-figure the metoo movement;
  • and our documentary for the week: One Child Nation (10:50) directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang from 2019 exploring the human and social costs of China’s one-child policy.

3.16 Winter 2020 Week 9 in Review Part 2: The Chambermaid and Hard Labor

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This week in review episode is in two parts. Chip Oscarson, Marie-Laure Oscarson, and Marc Yamada talk about the films that screened at IC from 4-7 March including the films from the  Upstairs/Downstairs series about class on film. In the second part, Prof. Doug Weatherford (Spanish) and Prof. Rex Nielson (Portuguese) are guests.  The films include:

Part 1: go to previous installment

  • the documentary, Maiden  from 2018, directed by Alex Holmes about the first all-woman crew to compete in the Whitbred Round the World Race in 1989;
  • Parasite , the Oscar winning Best Film from 2019, the first ever non-English language film to win the award. Directed by Bong Joon-ho from 2019;

Part 2:

  • (with Prof. Doug Weatherford) The Chambermaid (00:00) a look at the oft-times invisible work of a young woman working in a luxurious Mexico City hotel. Directed by Lila Avilés from 2018;
  • and (with Prof. Rex Nielson) Hard Labor (12:35), a Brazilian film about work and the decaying social fabric of the 21st century by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas from 2011.

3.16 Winter 2020 Week 9 in Review Part 1: Maiden, Parasite

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This week in review episode is in two parts. Chip Oscarson, Marie-Laure Oscarson, and Marc Yamada talk about the films that screened at IC from 4-7 March including the films from the  Upstairs/Downstairs series about class on film. In the second part, Prof. Doug Weatherford (Spanish) and Prof. Rex Nielson (Portuguese) are guests.  The films include:

Part 1:

  • the documentary, Maiden (1:29) from 2018, directed by Alex Holmes about the first all-woman crew to compete in the Whitbred Round the World Race in 1989;
  • Parasite (07:24), the Oscar winning Best Film from 2019, the first ever non-English language film to win the award. Directed by Bong Joon-ho from 2019;

Part 2: go to next installment

  • (with Prof. Doug Weatherford) The Chambermaid a look at the oft-times invisible work of a young woman working in a luxurious Mexico City hotel. Directed by Lila Avilés from 2018;
  • and (with Prof. Rex Nielson) Hard Labor , a Brazilian film about work and the decaying social fabric of the 21st century by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas from 2011.

3.15 Winter 2020 Week 10 preview: Woman at War, Sullivan’s Travels, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman

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IC directors Marc Yamada, Marie-Laure Oscarson, and Chip Oscarson preview the films for Week 10 (11-14 March) at International Cinema including:

  • Woman at War (02:45) directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, a 2018 Icelandic film about Halla, a 50-year-old woman leading a double life as a passionate, environmental guerrilla activist;
  • A pair of related films in: Preston Sturges’s classic 1941 comedy Sullivan’s Travels (05:52) as well as..
  • Joel and Ethan Coen’s comedy adaptation of the Odyssey from 2000, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (10:40);
  • And then lastly, our documentary from Cameroonian filmmaker Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam from 2018: The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman (13:17)

3.14 Winter 2020 Week 8 in Review: Ága, Arctic, The Gold Rush, Genesis 2.0

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The IC directors Chip Oscarson, Marie-Laure Oscarson, and Marc Yamada talk about the films that screened 26-29 February including:

  • Ága (01:13), a film in the Siberian language Yakut directed by Milko Lazarov from 2018;
  • Arctic (05:30) from 2018, a modern-day Robinsonade directed by Joe Penna about a man (Mads Mikkelsen) stranded and fighting for survival in the Arctic;
  • The Gold Rush (10:13), Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterpiece from 1925 that he re-released in 1942 filmed on a Hollywood set standing in for the Yukon;
  • and our documentary this week, Genesis 2.0 (14:49), directed by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev from 2018 about climate change, bringing back extinct species, and the ethics of synthetic biology.

3.13 Winter 2020 Week 9 Preview: Upstair-Downstairs week with Hard Labor, The Chambermaid, Parasite, and Maiden

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This week Chip Oscarson and Marie-Laure Oscarson preview the films coming to International Cinema Week 9 (4-7 March) including:

  • Hard Labor (01:32), a Brazilian film about work and the decaying social fabric of the 21stcentury by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas from 2011;
  • The Chambermaid (03:45) a look at the oft-times invisible work of a young woman working in a luxurious Mexico City hotel. Directed by Lila Avilés from 2018;
  • Parasite (07:24), the academy award willing best film from 2019, the first ever non-English language film to win the award. Directed by Bong Joon-ho from 2019;
  • And lastly, we have the documentary, Maiden (11:08) from 2018, directed by Alex Holmes about the first all-woman crew to compete in the Whitbred Round the World Race in 1989.

3.12 Week 7 in Review: The Wave, Millennium Actress, War and Peace, And Then They Came for Us

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This week Chip Oscarson and Marie-Laure Oscarson are joined by Jojo Hegström-Pratt (student, TMA) and Prof. Mark Purves (Russian) to discuss the films at IC from week 7 including:

  • Millennium Actress (01:23) a Japanese animé film from 2001 written and directed by Satoshi Kon;
  • The Wave (11:22), a Norwegian disaster film directed by Roar Uthaug from 2015, the next in our Anthropocene Cinema series;
  • the documentary about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII directed by Abby Ginzberg from 2017 And Then They Came for Us (18:30);
  • The last installment, Pierre Bezukhov, of Sergei Bondarchuk 1966 adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace (22:39).

3.11 Winter 2020 Week 8 preview: Ága, Arctic, The Gold Rush, and Genesis 2.0

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The directors of International Cinema, Marie-Laure Oscarson, Marc Yamada, and Chip Oscarson preview the films coming up during week 8 Winter 2020 at International Cinema. The films include:

  • Ága (1:08), a film in the Siberian language Yakut directed by Milko Lazarov from 2018
  • Arctic (04:23)from 2018, a Robinsinade directed by Joe Penna about a man played by Mads Mikkelsen stranded and fighting for survival in the Arctic
  • The Gold Rush (08:06), Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterpiece from 1925 that he re-released in 1942 (we will talk about that);
  • And our documentary this week, Genesis 2.0 (10:53), directed by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev from 2018 about climate change, bringing back extinct species, and the ethics of cloning.

3.10 Winter 2020 Week 6 in Review: Jojo Rabbit, Broken Hill Blues, War and Peace, and Banksy Does New York

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“From the Booth” hosts Chip Oscarson, Marie-Laure Oscarson, and Marc Yamada discuss the films from week 6 at International Cinema. The films include:

  • The 2019 award-winning comedy-drama from Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit (1:09);
  • the next installment in our Anthropocene Cinema series, Broken Hill Blues (7:36) by Swedish director Sofia Norlin;
  • the next installment of Sergei Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation of War & Peace: 1812 (13:53)
  • and the documentary Banksy Does New York (15:17) by Chris Moukarbel from 2014.

3.9 Winter 2020 Week 7 Preview: The Wave, Millennium Actress, War and Peace, and And They Came for Us

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This week IC directors Chip Oscarson, Marie-Laure Oscarson, and Marc Yamada are joined by special guest Jojo Hegstrom-Pratt to preview the films coming 19-22 February. The films include:

  •  The Wave (01:11), a Norwegian disaster film directed by Roar Uthaug from 2015, the next in our Anthropocene Cinema series
  • Millennium Actress (04:44) a Japanese animé film from 2001written and directed by Satoshi Kon;
  • The last installment, Pierre Bezukhov, of Sergei Bondarchuk 1966 adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace (09:24);
  • And finally, a documentary about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII directed by Abby Ginzberg from 2017 And Then They Came for Us (11:07).