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Tuesday November 17, 2015
Foreign Film Series - Loose Cannons
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

A man discovers it's harder to scandalize his family than he expected in this comedy.  Vincenzo has devoted most of his life to building up the successful pasta company founded by his grandfather, and now that he's getting older he plans to hand over the business to his sons, Antonio and Tommaso. While Antonio has been working at Vincenzo's side for years, his brother has been living in Rome with his boyfriend.  Tommaso's parents don't know that he's gay and uninterested in the family business.  When Vincenzo wants a family meeting to discuss his future role, Tommaso comes up with a plan -- he'll tell his parents that he's gay, and they'll be so shocked they'll hand the reigns over to Antonio….or so he thinks.  The film received its North American premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.  (110 minutes)

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday December 15, 2015
Foreign Film - Devdas
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Movie PosterSet in the early 1900s, this film follows a Devdas on his way home to India after having spent the past ten years in London. As the news reaches Devdas and his ex-love Paro's respective households, the family matriarchs remember when the young couple were still children. When Devdas' mother found out the two wanted to get married, she refused to give her consent, and in doing so, set off a sequence of events which would lead Devdas into alcoholism. Though Paro has agreed to an arranged marriage with a wealthy landowner, she still loves Devdas, and is determined to lure him away from his constant drinking. Devdas is based on a classic Indian novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhy.  (185 minutes, in Hindi with English subtitles.)

 

 

 

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Tuesday January 12, 2016
Foreign Film Series - The Way Home (Jibeuro)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Movie PosterSeven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his old-fashioned grandmother and his new rural surroundings. Disrespectful and selfish, Sang-woo lashes out in anger, perceiving that he has been abandoned. He trades his grandmother's only treasure for a video game; he throws his food and he throws tantrums. When Sang-woo's mother finds work and finally returns for him, Sang-woo has become a different boy. Through his grandmother's boundless patience and devotion, he learns to embrace empathy, humility and the importance of family.  This film was a major commercial success in its native South Korea.  (Korean with English subtitles, 85 minutes)

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Tuesday February 9, 2016
Foreign Film Series - Girl on the Bridge
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Movie PosterA woman's long history of bad luck starts to change when she puts her life on the line in this romantic drama. Adèle (Vanessa Paradis) is a 22-year-old woman whose life seems to have been a long series of miscalculations; she's never had much luck with love, life, or career, and is standing on a bridge overlooking the Seine one night, contemplating suicide, when she's approached by a man named Gabor (Daniel Auteuil). Gabor announces he's a knife-thrower who needs a new human target for his act. Would Adèle be interested? Adèle's immediate answer is to jump into the water, but after Gabor fishes her out and gets her to a hospital, she has a change of heart and the pair are soon on their way to Monaco, where Gabor gets a spot at a circus. Adèle and Gabor make a great team; he's good with knives, she's young and beautiful, and suddenly Adèle's luck starts to change. She visits a casino one night and comes home with a fortune, and even when Gabor throws blindfolded, she walks away without so much as a scratch. However, an obvious chemistry is brewing between the two, which leads to a dilemma: Gabor has a strict policy of never getting romantically involved with his partners. Will he make an exception, or is Adèle's new run of luck coming to an end?  (French with English Subtitles, 90 minutes) 

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Tuesday March 15, 2016
Foreign Film Series - Twin Sisters (De Tweeling)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Using black-and-white and color film stocks to establish the interwoven time periods, the story concerns twin sisters who grow up during WWII. In 1926, orphans Lotte and Anna are separated and forbidden to contact each other. Lotte is taken in by a wealthy Dutch couple to recover from tuberculosis and Anna is sent to work on a farm in Germany under the aegis of her uncle. Each woman becomes romantically involved with a different suitor; when the war breaks out, both sisters lose their men. The socioeconomic differences between their experiences drive them to opposite sides of the battlefront once war breaks out. Years later, they reencounter each other again and face the difficult prospect of a long-delayed reconciliation.  Based on the best-selling novel by Tessa de Loo.  (Dutch with English Subtitles, 137 minutes) 

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Tuesday May 10, 2016
Foreign Film Series - The Wedding Banquet (Xi Yan)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Movie PosterA gay New Yorker stages a marriage of convenience with a young woman to satisfy his traditional Taiwanese family, but the wedding becomes a major inconvenience when his parents fly in for the ceremony. Director Ang Lee came to international prominence with this warm-hearted comedy, which centers on the farcical confusion that emerges from this deception. Gao Wai Tung has never shared the truth about his sexuality with his family, and hopes to disguise his long-term relationship with his lover Simon by marrying Wei-Wei, a young artist who's only it for the green card. But Wai Tung's parents refuse to let him off the hook easily, showing up to plan a massive wedding banquet. Indeed, much of the film's comedy springs from the contrast between the sheer lavishness of the parents' plans and the sham nature of the wedding. Naturally, the party spins out of control, leading to a series of events that threatens all of Wai Tung's relationships.  (Mandarin with English Subtitles, 106 minutes) 

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Tuesday June 21, 2016
Foreign Film Series - Valentin
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Argentinian filmmaker Alejandro Agresti turns his lens to his own childhood in this nostalgic coming-of-age tale. Set in the director's hometown of Buenos Aires circa 1964, Valentin centers around its title character (and ostensible stand-in for the director), a nine-year-old boy whose feuding parents have left him to be raised by his sage, eccentric grandmother. With his father visiting only occasionally, Valentin is left to look to the other men in the neighborhood for father figures, and to replace his absent mother, he warms to Leticia, one of his father's many short-term girlfriends. When he tells her personal secrets about his father, however, Valentin jeopardizes their relationship.  Spanish with English Subtitles, 86 minutes) 

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