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.

3.16 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;

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  • (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).

3.8 Winter 2020 Week 5 in Review: Jinpa, War and Peace, Still Life, and Of Fathers and Sons

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In this episode host Chip Oscarson welcomes special guests to talk about the films that were screened between 5-8 February at International Cinema.

  • With Jojo Hegström-Pratt (student from Theater and Media Arts) he discusses Jinpa (1:09), a Tibetan film directed by Pema Tseden from 2018;
  • and the second installment of War & Peace: Natasha Rostova (7:55) from 1966, directed by Sergei Bondarchuk;
  • then with Steve Riep (Chinese) he talks about Still Life (15:42), a 2006 feature in Mandarin by Jia Zhangke set against the backdrop of the construction of the Three Gorges dam in China;
  • and finally together with podcast regular Marie-Laure Oscarson (IC Assistant Director) they discuss this week’s documentary, Of Fathers and Sons (30:21), an intimate look at life in a jihadist family in Syria, in Arabic and directed by Talal Derki from 2017.

3.7 Winter 2020 Week 6 Preview: Jojo Rabbit, Broken Hill Blues, Banksy Does New York, and War & Peace

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Marie-Laure Oscarson, Marc Yamada, and Chip Oscarson preview the films for Week 6 (12-15 Feb.) at International Cinema. The films for Week 6 include:

  • The 2019 award-winning comedy-drama from Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit (1:00);
  • the next installment in our Anthropocene Cinema series, Broken Hill Blues (4:59) by Swedish director Sofia Norlin;

  • the documentary Banksy Does New York (7:58) by Chris Moukarbel from 2014;

  • and the next installment of Sergei Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation of War & Peace: 1812 (10:34)

3.6 Winter 2020, Week 4 in Review: The Baker’s Wife, In the Aisles, War & Peace, and El Río

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Special guests join IC co-director Chip Oscarson for discussions about the films from 29 January to 1 February.

To discuss Pagnol’s 1938 classic The Baker’s Wife (1:02), Prof. Bob Hudson (French) cames to the booth; then Prof. Rob McFarland (German) was in to talk  about the German comedy of modern life In the Aisles (11:21); Prof. Mac Wilson (Spanish) explored the film El Río (22:27) with me; and finally grad student Dewey Walter (Comparative Studies) and I discuss the first part of the epic adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace (30:31) from 1966 by director Sergei Bondarchuk.

3.5 Winter 2020 Week 5 Preview: Still Life, Jinpa, War and Peace, and Of Fathers and Sons

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To get the preview portion of our podcast out earlier each week, we will be changing the format of “From the Booth” going forward. What was previously a single, weekly episode with previews and analysis of the last week’s films will now be divided up into two shorter episodes: one in which we preview the coming week’s films and a second in which we discuss the film from the previous week. For the preview episodes we promise no spoilers, but when we do the week in review, we will talk about the films in more detail and presume that you have seen them (or at least are not worried about spoilers). So this is the first of our preview shows. In this episode, Chip Oscarson, Marc Yamada, and Marie-Laure Oscarson preview:

  • Jinpa (1:46), a Tibetan film directed by Pema Tseden from 2018;
  • Still Life (4:50), a 2006 feature in Mandarin by Jia Zhangke set against the backdrop of the construction of the Three Gorges dam in China;
  • The second installment of War & Peace (10:47) from 1966, directed by Sergei Bondarchuk;
  • and the documentary this week, Of Fathers and Sons (11:33), an intimate look at life in ISIS families in Syria, in Arabic and directed by Talal Derki from 2017

3.4 Winter 2020 Week 4: What Everybody Knows

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This week IC directors Chip Oscarson and Marc Yamada are joined by former IC director Greg Stallings to discuss the films from 22-25 January including The Godfather (01:34) from 1972 directed by Ford Francis Coppola, Ritesh Batra’s 2019 romantic comedy/drama Photograph (09:31),  Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (16:24) a 2019 documentary directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier based on the photography by Edward Burtynsky, and Everybody knows (19:24) from 2018 by acclaimed director Asghar Farhadi.

Chip Oscarson and Marie-Laure Oscarson then preview the films for 29 January-1 February including The Baker’s Wife (30:31) from 1938, the epic adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace (35:35) from 1966 by director Sergei Bondarchuk, the German comedy of modern life In the Aisles (39:14) from 2018, and El Río (42:10) by poet and anthropologist Juan Carlos Galeano from 2019.

3.3 Winter 2020 Week 3: Finding Your Voice

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This week IC directors Chip Oscarson and Marc Yamada discuss Francis Ford Coppola’s classic The Godfather (0:56) as well as Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Light (09:25) a Sundance hit from 2019, and Tel Aviv on Fire (15:09) a comedy set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict directed by Sameh Zoabi from 2018. Prof. George Handley (Comparative Arts & Letters) joins them for a discussion of the documentary, The Cordillera of Dreams (18:54) by Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán from 2019. Following the discussion of last week’s films, they preview the films for 22-25 January including the second half of The Godfather (33:05), Photograph (33:52) directed by Ritesh Batrah , the psychological thriller Everybody Knows (35:46) directed by the great Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and the documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (37:10) based on the photography of Edward Burtynsky.

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.