Hanover hosts second annual international film series

Hanover College announces its second annual international film series, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Classic Hall, room 102. Sponsored by the Modern Languages department, the series is free and open to the public. All the films are in their original languages with English subtitles.

Sept. 5 — "The Piano," directed by Jane Campion (Australia, 1993).
A young mute woman and her child travel to New Zealand in the 1800s for an arranged marriage to a farmer. After the marriage she meets another man, and the competition for her love begins. Only one of the men realizes that her affections can be won by understanding her love for music.

Sept. 12 — “Inheritance,” directed by Paula Hernández (Argentina, 2001). Set in Buenos Aires, it is the story of an aging Italian woman and a young German man, brought together by a mutual search for true love. On the surface, they have nothing in common. But the unlikely friendship that forms between them reveals striking similarities when it comes to matters of the heart.
Sept. 19 — “Vitus,” directed by Fredi M. Murer (Switzerland, 2006). This film tells the story of a child prodigy, Vitus, whose parents want him to become a pianist. At one point, the boy is no longer willing to comply with his parents' plans and ambitions for him and so he decides to follow his own dreams.
Sept. 26 — “The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius (France, 2011). The arrival of talking pictures threatens to end the career of a silent movie star.  This silent, black and white film won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Director.
Oct. 3 — “Electra,” directed by Michael Cacoyannis (Greece, 1962). A riveting retelling of Euripides’ classic. Desolation and despair reign supreme in the kingdom of Mycenae: the great Agamemnon has been brutally murdered; his son Orestes has fled; and his daughter Electra has been imprisoned. After the oracle speaks, Electra’s quest for justice and bloody vengeance begins.    
Oct. 10 — “The Milk of Sorrow,” directed by Claudia Llosa (Peru, 2009). Fausta suffers from “the milk of sorrow,” an illness transmitted through mother’s milk by women who have been raped during Peru’s civil wars. Stricken with the fear that she’s contracted the illness from her mother’s breast milk, Fausta goes to extreme lengths to protect her own sexuality. This haunting film won various prizes at the Berlin Film Festival.
Oct. 17 — “Vision,” directed by Margarethe von Trotta (Germany, 2009). An intimate portrait of Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th-century Benedictine nun who was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. At odds are her fierce determination to expand the responsibilities of nuns within the order and the Church’s stance on her role in the institution.     
Oct. 24 — “Breathless,” directed by Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1960). A young sociopathic thief and murderer tries to persuade a hip American girl to run away and hide with him. In this landmark film of French New Wave Cinema, Godard’s anti-hero attempts to “live dangerously till the end.”
Oct. 31 — “Carnival of Souls,” directed by Herk Harvey (U.S.A., 1962). After walking away from a horrible car accident, Mary Henry cannot remember how she survived. Once recovered, she accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to have a mysterious phantom figure stalk her. This cult film has inspired directors such as David Lynch and Lucrecia Martel.
Nov. 7 — “My Mexican Shivah,” directed by Alejandro Springall (Mexico, 2007). A dysfunctional Jewish family gathers in Mexico City for the seven-day Shiva, the traditional mourning ritual, of its patriarch, Moishe. At the Shiva, the two angels that accompany people through their life, Aleph and Bet, watch over the family and calculate which angel will accompany Moishe’s soul to the afterlife.
Nov. 14 — “Good-bye Lenin,” directed by Wolfgang Becker (Germany, 2003). Set in East Germany in the late 1980s, a young man named Alex describes how his mother, a staunch communist, has a heart attack and then enters into a coma. During the time that his mother is in a coma, the Berlin Wall comes down. When she awakens, Alex attempts to protect her fragile health by maintaining the elaborate fiction that communism continues to flourish.

Nov. 28 — “Women on the Sixth Floor,” directed by Philippe Le Guay (France, 2010). In 1960s Paris, an uptight stockbroker and his conservative, class-conscious wife find their lives turned upside down by two lively Spanish maids. Can a new approach to life be beneficial for everyone?

Dec. 5 — “The Music Room,” directed by Satyajit Ray (India, 1958). Roy is an aristocratic landlord (a zamindar) who prefers to listen to music and sponsor musical spectacles rather than manage his fields. When challenged by an upstart to organize music fests, this zamindar will sacrifice everything, including his family and wealth, in order to retain his identity and dignity.