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.

Episode 6: Visual Style in the Patagonian Desert and the Making of Cary Grant

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Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson discuss the interesting use of visual style in this week’s sleeper film The Desert Bride (00:21) as well as the making of Cary Grant in The Awful Truth (06:04), subjective documentary style in City of the Sun (08:25), and the emergence of African cinemas in connection with The Figurine (10:35). They also preview the films for Feb. 27-March 2 including Truman (Cesc Gay, Spanish, 2015), Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, French, 1962), Borg vs. McEnroe (Janus Metz Pedersen, Swedish/English, 2017), and the probing documentary What is Democracy? (Astra Taylor, English/Arabic/Greek, 2018).

Episode 5: Finding Your Missing Twin (Triplet?) and the Beauty of Collective Cinema

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This week we discuss last week’s films including the hit documentary Three Identical Strangers (1.00), Rififi (6.00), Three Penny Opera (11.03) as well as introduce next week’s films by transnational Mexican born directors reshaping Hollywood (12.28) including Guillermo del Toro and The Shape of Water (13.25), Alejandro González Iñárritu and  Biutiful (14.30), Alfonso Cuarón and The Children of Men (16.37), and the Academy Award nominated documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening (20.58).

Episode 4. Special Sundance Report.

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Rachel Lear’s following the screening of her documentary “Knock Down the House” at Sundance 2019.

In this special episode, IC directors Chip Oscarson, Marie-Laure Julien Oscarson, and Marc Yamada talk about what they thought were highlights of the 2019 Sundance film festival. Some of the films include: The Farewell (2.35), Hala (4.11), Maiden (5.58), Apollo 11 (9.03), Midnight Traveller (11.05), Gaza (14.03), Photograph (15.47), and I am Mother (17.30). 

Episode 3. Valentines Week at IC! Previewing the films for February 13-16

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In this episode IC students Cecilia and Kat join us to discuss Eating Animals (Quinn, 2017) and Old Stone (Ma, 2016). If you don’t want to hear any spoilers about those films jump ahead to the 11:00 mark where be begin previewing the films for 13-16 February: City of the Sun (Oneli, 2017), The Awful Truth (McCarey, 1937), The Desert Bride (Pivato/Atán 2017), and IC’s first ever Nollywood film, The Figurine (Afolayan 2009). To give a bit of context to Nollywood, we invited BYU student Diana Ochuo from Lagos (24:04) to tell us about her experience with popular film culture in Nigeria.

Episode 2. Brecht, Collective Cinema, and Stealing with Style: Films for February 6-9

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Prof. Daryl Lee (French & Italian) is in the booth to talk with the IC directors about the Hangmen Also Die (Lang 1943), The Threepenny Opera (Pabst 1931), Rififi (Dassin 1955), and Three Identical Strangers (Wardle 2018). Prof. Lee is a former director of International Cinema and the author of the book, The Heist Film: Stealing with Style. 

Episode 1: Winter 2019 Semester Overview

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IC directors Chip Oscarson and Marc Yamada are joined by IC programmer Marie-Laure Julien Oscarson to give an overview of the films to be shown during winter 2019 semester. Find out about the series, events, and films they are most excited to see this semester at IC.