International Cinema Schedule

International Cinema Schedule

February 2021

Wednesday February 17 – Saturday February 20

.Week 6: Black Voices

Winter Semester 2021 Week 6 Film Series: Black Voices

Films:

* Mariannes Noires*
* Belly of the Beast*
* Amazing Grace

Films marked with an asterisk are customized.

Wednesday February 17 – Saturday February 20

Amazing Grace

In 1972, singing great Aretha Franklin made an album during a live performance at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. A documentary film crew shot the concert, but the footage was never released, until now.

English. 2018. Sydney Pollack/Alan Elliott. 89 min.

Wednesday February 17 – Saturday February 20

Belly of the Beast

Cohn’s probing documentary exposes cases of modern-day coercive sterilization in California’s prisons. Against the background of the history of eugenics in the United States, Belly of the Beast explores the on-going legal struggles to protect the basic human rights of our society’s most vulnerable citizens.

English. 2020. Erika Cohn. 82 min.*

Wednesday February 17 – Saturday February 20

Mariannes Noires

In an allusion to Marianne, the revered female symbol of national identity, the documentary Mariannes Noires (“noir” meaning “black”) explores the experiences of seven contemporary Afro-French women who redefine what it means to be French.

French. 2017. Kaytie Nielsen/Mame-Fatou Niang. 83 min.*

Wednesday February 24 – Saturday February 27

.Week 7: Punishment & The State

Winter Semester 2021 Week 7 Film Series: Punishment & The State

Films:

* Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness*
* Advocate*
* Women of the Gulag

Films marked with an asterisk are customized.

Wednesday February 24 – Saturday February 27

Advocate

This documentary follows Lea Tsemel, a Jewish lawyer who advocates on behalf of Palestinians caught in the Israeli judicial system. Although focused on two contemporary cases, the film flashes back to defining moments in Tsemel’s career that coincide with her nation’s history.

Hebrew/Arabic. 2019. Philippe Bellaïche/Rachel Leah Jones. 114 min.*

Wednesday February 24 – Saturday February 27

Women of the Gulag

Opponents to Joseph Stalin and his Communist regime were often sent to forced labor camps known as Gulags. This documentary interviews some of the last surviving women locked up by this brutal system of state-sponsored repression.

Russian. 2018. Marianna Yarovskaya. 53 min.

Wednesday February 24 – Saturday February 27

Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness

A young woman convicted of murdering her husband appears on a popular television show where she pleads her case. Viewers of the show can text in their opinions and have a real possibility of changing her conviction. Based on a true story.

Persian. 2019. Massoud Bakhshi. 89 min.*

March 2021

Wednesday March 3 – Saturday March 6

.Week 8: Migration & Violence

Winter Semester 2021 Week 8 Film Series: Migration & Violence

Films:

* Identifying Features*
* Assassins*
* Antigone (2019)*

Films marked with an asterisk are customized.

Wednesday March 3 – Saturday March 6

Antigone

In Quebec, Antigone faces what seems to be an insurmountable challenge–following her own sense of justice in the face of a strict immigration system. This social realist retelling of the classic tragedy makes it relevant for today. Second of two adaptations of the play showing this semester.

French/Arabic. 2019. Sophie Deraspe. 109 min.*

Wednesday March 3 – Saturday March 6

Assassins

The true story of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The investigation into the two women suspected of the audacious crime uncovers a hidden world of human trafficking and the secretive workings of North Korean espionage.

Vietnamese/Indonesian/Korean/Malay. 2020. Ryan White. 104 min.*

Wednesday March 3 – Saturday March 6

Identifying Features

In her directorial debut, Fernanda Valadez tells the story of a desperate Mexican mother who heads north in search of her missing son who months earlier set off for the United States.

Spanish. 2020. Fernanda Valadez. 95 min.*

Wednesday March 10 – Saturday March 13

.Week 9: Poets & Poetry

Winter Semester 2021 Week 9 Film Series: Poets & Poetry

Films:

* Poetry*
* Songs from the Second Floor*
* Bicycle Thieves

Films marked with an asterisk are customized.

Wednesday March 10 – Saturday March 13

Bicycle Thieves

A classic of Italian neorealist cinema, the film follows a desperate father who finally secures work, but his bicycle is stolen rendering him again unemployed. He and his young son’s long search through an exhausted Rome reveals the divisions in society.

Italian. 1948. Vittorio De Sica. 89 min.

People signed up with IC Streaming will be emailed the link to stream through Janus Films on Wednesday. If you don’t receive the email, send your NetID to int-cinema@byu.edu

Wednesday March 10 – Saturday March 13

Poetry

Composing poetry allows a Korean grandmother in the grips of early onset Alzheimer’s to empathize with the victim of a heinous crime committed by her irresponsible grandson and his friends in this lyrical drama and winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes.

Korean. 2010. Chang-dong Lee. 139 min.*

Wednesday March 10 – Saturday March 13

Songs from the Second Floor

Swedish director Roy Andersson, inspired by the poetry of Peruvian author César Vallejo, offers an anguished vision of the human condition in a breathtaking film that relies more on tone than plot.

Swedish. 2000. Roy Andersson. 98 min.*

Wednesday March 17 – Saturday March 20

.Week 10: Her Voice

Winter Semester 2021 Week 10 Film Series: Her Voice

Films:

* All About Eve
* The Vertical Ray of the Sun
* Leftover Women*

Films marked with an asterisk are customized.

Wednesday March 17 – Saturday March 20

All About Eve

With 14 Academy Award nominations (including a record 4 for female acting), All About Eve follows an aspiring actress who may not be what she seems as she curries favor with the famous–but now aging–Margo Channing (Bette Davis).

English. 1950. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 138 min.

Wednesday March 17 – Saturday March 20

Leftover Women

Chinese culture places a high value on marriage, so much so that women who are not wed by a certain age are labeled “leftover women.” This documentary follows three individuals who are trying to find husbands after becoming “too old” or “too successful.”

Mandarin. 2019. Shosh Shlam. 83 min.*

Wednesday March 17 – Saturday March 20

The Vertical Ray of the Sun

From one of the most acclaimed Vietnamese directors, this family saga details the lives of three sisters whose idyllic relationships are not all that they seem. After a banquet for the anniversary of their mother’s death these sisters’ hopes and dreams are laid bare.

Vietnamese. 2000. Anh Hung Tran. 112 min.

Wednesday March 24 – Saturday March 27

.Week 11

Winter Semester 2021 Week 11 Films:

* Runner*
* The Year My Parents Went on Vacation*
* Breaking Surface*

Films marked with an asterisk are customized.

Wednesday March 24 – Saturday March 27

Breaking Surface

Half-sisters marked by a strained relationship must fight to survive when one of the two becomes trapped thirty meters down during a winter dive in a spectacularly beautiful Norwegian fjord.

Swedish/Norwegian. 2020. Joachim Hedén. 82 min.*

Wednesday March 24 – Saturday March 27

Runner

As one of Sudan’s “lost boys”, Guor Maker suffered the violence of his nation’s civil war. As a refugee in the United States, he became a world-class athlete who fought for the right to run in the 2016 Olympics under the flag of the newly created nation of South Sudan.

English/Sudanese. 2019. Bill Gallagher. 88 min.*

Wednesday March 24 – Saturday March 27

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

In 1970, Brazil feels both the weight of a military dictatorship and the national pride of participating in the World Cup. With this backdrop, a young boy is hastily left at the home of his Jewish grandfather who–unbeknown to the parents–has just passed away.

Portuguese. 2006. Cao Hamburger. 102 min.*

Tuesday March 30 – Friday April 2

.Week 12

Winter Semester 2021 Week 12 Films:

* Cherry Blossoms*
* The Reason I Jump*
* You Will Die at 20*

Films marked with an asterisk are customized.

Important: Because of General Conference Weekend, films will be streaming from Tuesday to Friday, rather than Wednesday to Saturday.

Tuesday March 30 – Friday April 2

Cherry Blossoms

When a long-married couple with a quiet and ordered life faces tragedy, they embark on a trip, first to Berlin then to Japan, to honor the memory of the departed and embrace the fleeting with grace.

German/Japanese. 2008. Doris Dörrie. 127 min.*

Tuesday March 30 – Friday April 2

The Reason I Jump

Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, an autistic boy from Japan, this innovative documentary utilizes immersive sound design, cinematography, and editing to bring the viewer directly into the minds of non-speaking autistic people around the world, transforming the way we think about the condition.

English. 2020. Jerry Rothwell. 82 min.*

Tuesday March 30 – Friday April 2

You Will Die at 20

As a baby, Muzamil was cursed to die at twenty years old. While his overprotective mother mourns his fate, Mazamil learns to make the most of his few remaining years.

Arabic. 2019. Amjad Abu Alala. 103 min.*

April 2021

Wednesday April 7 – Saturday April 10

.Week 13: Humans & Their Environment

Winter Semester 2021 Week 13 Film Series: Humans & Their Environment

Films:

* Death by a Thousand Cuts*
* Weathering With You
* Three Summers

Films marked with an asterisk are customized.

Wednesday April 7 – Saturday April 10

Death by a Thousand Cuts

The brutal murder of a park ranger is the catalyst for this documentary that explores long-standing tensions along a border that divides one island into two countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Along the way, the film also examines issues of nation, immigration, race, and environment. (Documentary)

Spanish/Haitian Creole. 2016. Jake Kheel/Juan Mejia Botero. 73 min.*

Wednesday April 7 – Saturday April 10

Three Summers

Over the course of three summers (Christmas time in Brazil), Madá (Regina Casé), who is the caretaker of a luxurious vacation home, must adapt to support herself and other workers as the fortunes of their wealthy employers turn in the wake of a corruption scandal.

Portuguese. 2019. Sandra Kogut. 94 min.

Wednesday April 7 – Saturday April 10

Weathering With You

Shinkai’s follow-up to the highest-grossing anime film of all time (Your Name, 2016), Weathering is both familiar and new, but to everyone the film is a joy ride of meticulous animation, teen romance, and a rocking soundtrack accompanying an urgent warning about climate change.

Japanese. 2019. Makoto Shinkai. 112 min.

September 2021

Wednesday September 1

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Marc Yamada Parasite Lecture
250 KMBL

Professor Marc Yamada discusses the complexities of wealth in Asian culture.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Parasite
250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower (KMBL), Provo, UT 84604

This Palme d’Or winning social thriller has taken the cinema world by storm with its representation of the social strata in South Korean society. The Kim family infiltrates the wealthy Parks’ home by systematically taking each household job until their ruse erupts into shocking violence along class lines.

Korean. 2019. Joon-Ho Bong. 132 min. *

Friday September 3

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Light Year
250 KMBL

In this contemplative documentary, Kristersson uses photography to decenter our anthropocentric view of the world and provide an alternate perspective based on the lives of plants and animals.

Swedish. Documentary. 2008. Mikael Kristersson. 101 min.

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Hiroshima Mon Amour

Resnais helped define the French New Wave with this experimental anti-war drama based on an affair between a Japanese architect and a French actress. Set in Hiroshima, the film shows a city coming back to life only a few years after a devastating atomic attack.

French/Japanese. 1959. Alain Resnais. 90 min.