Hanover College continues 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.
Jan. 13 — “City of God,” directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund (Brazil, 2002). Growing up in a Rio de Janeiro favela, Rocket is able to avoid being drawn into a life of drugs and crime by having a passion for photography. Through his eyes, the dramatic stories of several of the slum’s colorful residents unfold.
Jan. 16 — “A Paradise Under the Stars,” directed by Gerardo Chijona (Cuba, 2000). Sissy aspires to be a dancer at Havana’s famous Tropicana club, but her truck-driving father disapproves. When he accidentally hits a young man and then brings him home to recuperate, Sissy and the young man fall in love. Unfortunately, they don’t know who he really is.
Jan. 23 — “Young Goethe in Love,” directed by Philipp Stölzl (Germany, 2010). After aspiring poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fails his law exams, he’s sent to a sleepy provincial court to reform. Instead, he falls for Lotte, a young woman who is promised to another man.
Jan. 30 — “Of Gods and Men,” directed by Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010). During the Algerian Civil War, a group of French Trappist monks living in an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether or not to give in to fundamentalist terrorists. Breathtaking cinematography brings to life individual personalities and true events from 1996.
Feb. 6 —“Offside,” directed by Jafar Panahi (Iran, 2006). Tehran has soccer fever, but female fans are prohibited from entering the soccer stadium. Some young women, however, will crash an important game dressed up as boys. A few of them will be caught and sent to a holding pen in the stadium.
Feb 13 — “Coronation,” directed by Silvio Caiozzi (Chile, 2000). Andrés, the heir of a formerly wealthy and respected Chilean family, hires young Estela to look after his tyrannical grandmother. The differences in class and age do not stop him from courting Estela, but how will her fiancé react to his interest?
Feb. 20 — “Go for Zucker,” directed by Dany Levy (Germany, 2004). Jakob Zuckermann receives news that his mother has died and left him a sizeable inheritance. But there’s a catch: he must first reconcile with his long-estranged brother, Samuel, who has become an Orthodox Jew.
March 6 — “Inch’Allah Dimanche” (Sunday, God Willing), directed by Yamina Benguigui (France/Algeria, 2001). With her three children, Zouina leaves her North African home to join her husband in France. Struggling against the old-world traditions of her tyrannical mother-in-law and her embittered husband, can Zouina adjust to life in exile?
March 13 — “Yojimbo,” directed by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1961). In the year 1860, a wandering samurai-for-hire turns the war between two clans fighting for control of a small town to his own advantage. This film is a satire on greed, violence, paranoia and human weakness.
March 20 — “Broken Embraces,” directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain, 2009). Mateo Blanco is a scriptwriter who was in a terrible car accident 14 years ago that killed the woman he loved, Lena, and blinded him. Since then he has gone under the name Harry Caine, choosing to forget his past and the accident, which he never talks about — until now.
March 27 — “John Rabe,” directed by Florian Gallenberger (Germany, 2009). A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
April 3 — “The Names of Love,” directed by Michel Leclerc (France, 2010)l In this quirky, socially-aware comedy, a free-spirited left-wing activist sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause. But has she finally met her match?