International film series continues

Hanover College continues its third annual international film series, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Classic Hall, room 102 (except where noted). 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.

Jan. 8 — “A Separation,” directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran, 2011). A married couple faces a difficult decision: improve the life of their child by moving to another country or stay in Iran and look after a parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Jan. 15 — “Barrio Cuba,” directed by Humberto Solás (Cuba, 2005). Three stories of love and loss offer an insightful look into the struggles of everyday life in Cuba. Vivian yearns to have a child; Ignacio holds out hope for a last chance at romance; and Willy’s father must come to terms with his son’s homosexuality.

Jan. 22 — “The Harmonists,” directed by Joseph Vilsmaier (Germany, 1997). The “Comedian Harmonists” were a very popular singing group, but as the Nazis became more powerful, they forbade the group to sing songs by Jewish composers. Eventually, because three of their members were Jewish, the Nazis banned from performing in public. 

Jan. 29 — “The Necessities of Life,” directed by Benoît Pilon (Canada, 2008). Isolated from his people and cultural heritage, Tivii, an Inuit hunter convalescing in a Quebec sanatorium, eventually despairs and gives in to death. His meeting of a young Inuit boy at the institution will not only allow him to reconnect with his beloved culture, but also rekindle his will to live. Location: Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Feb. 5 — “Burnt by the Sun,” directed by Nikita Mikhalkov (Russia, 1994). While Colonel S. Kotov spends the summer in the country with his daughter, his wife and her eccentric family, his wife's childhood love suddenly appears, and the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn. A lyrical film filled with beauty and warmth, it is also an indelible account of a man dedicated to family and fatherland, cruelly destroyed by political paranoia.

Feb. 12 — “Rolling Family,” directed by Pablo Trapero (Argentina, 2004). When Emilia accepts an invitation to be the matron of honor at her niece’s wedding, she invites her whole family on a cross-country journey to accompany her to the event. All the anger, sorrow, attraction and warmth between four cramped generations comes to the surface.

Feb. 19 — “When We Leave,” directed by Feo Aladag (2010). German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict for her. Trapped in their conventions, her family is torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. 

March 5 — “Days of Glory,” directed by Rachid Bouchareb (France, 2006). Despite the promises of liberty, equality, and fraternity, four North African men must deal with the indignities of discrimination as they volunteer to help liberate France from Nazi oppression.  

March 12 — “Monsieur Verdoux,” directed by Charles Chaplin (U.S.A., 1947). An unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money. He soon discovers the job has some occupational hazards! Location: Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

March 19 — “Dog Eat Dog,” directed by Carlos Moreno (Colombia, 2008). In the crime world of Colombia, there is an unwritten code. When Víctor and Eusebio, two hoods who bungle a shake-down job, break that code, they unwittingly sign their own death sentences. 

March 26 — “Pandora's Box,” directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst (Germany, 1929). The film follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent, showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact. Daring and stylish, “Pandora’s Box” is one of silent cinema’s great masterworks.

April 2 — “The Intouchables,” directed by Olivier Nakache (France, 2011). After becoming a quadriplegic in a paragliding accident, an intellectual aristocrat hires an unlikely candidate from the projects as his caretaker.