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Week 14 Preview: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Shadow, and Ramen Heads

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The IC directors Marc Yamada, Marie-Laure Oscarson, and Chip Oscarson preview the films to be coming to International Cinema 1-4 April. These films include:

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (1:38) a 2016 New Zealand comedy by hit director Taika Waititi;
  • Shadow (6:14) the latest martial arts film from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou;
  • and Ramen Heads (10:35) a documentary by Shigeno Koki about high-end ramen in Japan.

Week 12 in Review, Part 2: Morgen

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In this episode we take a deeper look at the films that played during Week 12 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.

Week 12 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 12 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.

Week 13 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.

Week 11 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 11 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:

Week 11 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 11 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:

Week 12 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.

Week 10 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.

Week 10 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.

Week 11 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 11 (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)