The International Film Series continues with a screening each Wednesday evening during the winter semester. The series, now in its eighth year, is sponsored by the Hanover College Modern Languages and Cultures Department.

The weekly series is open to the public, free of charge. Each film will begin at 7 p.m. in Classic Hall, room 102, and will be presented in its original language with English subtitles.

Schedule for International Film Series


Jan. 9 “El Norte”

Directed by Gregory Nava (U.S.A. & U.K., 1983) - Runtime: 141 minutes

Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.

In Spanish and English with English subtitles. Topics include drama, immigration, violence and discrimination.

Jan. 16 “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

Directed by Robert Wiene (Germany, 1920) - Runtime: 67 minutes

In a nightmare world in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community.

Topics include German Expressionism, silent film, fantasy, horror and crime.

Jan. 23 “Loving Vincent”

Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman (U.S., 2017) - Runtime: 94 minutes

After Van Gogh’s death, a young man attempts to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter, inspiring him to explore his last days in a small French town. This remarkable animated film is told in hand-painted oil paintings done in the style of Van Gogh’s own works.

Topics include animation, biography, painting, mystery and suicide.

Jan. 30 “1944”

Directed by Elmo Nüganen (Estonia, 2015) - Runtime: 100 minutes

In 1944 Estonia, a fratricide war ensues when Estonians of the retreating German forces fight against Estonians conscripted into the advancing Soviet Red Army.

In Estonian with English subtitles. Topics include drama, World War II, Battle of Tannenburg and alliances.

Feb. 6 “Bad Hair”

Directed by Mariana Rondón (Venezuela, 2014) - Runtime: 93 minutes

A 9-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.

In Spanish with English subtitles. Topics include family dynamics, race, sexuality and poverty.

Feb. 13 “What a Man”

Directed by Matthias Schweighöfer (Germany, 2011) - Runtime: 95 minutes

The young teacher Alex is abandoned by his girlfriend, Caroline, and therefore begins a journey in search of himself. But, how can he overcome the pitfalls out there for a modern man? And what is it that makes a man a man?

In German with English subtitles. Topics include comedy, infidelity, self-discovery and friendship.

Feb. 20 “The Great Journey”

Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi (France, 2004) - Runtime: 108 minutes

A young Frenchman of Moroccan heritage slowly comes to understand his devout father while driving him from France to Mecca to do his pilgrimage.

In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Topics include drama, pilgrimage, road film, first generation immigrants and cultural differences.

March 6 “Pop Aye”

Directed by Kristen Tan (Thailand, 2017) - Runtime: 102 minutes

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

In Thai with English subtitles. Topics include road film, midlife, bond between human and animal ghetto and cultural diversity

March 13 “Last Days in Havana”

Directed by Fernando Pérez (Cuba and Spain, 2017) - Runtime: 93 minutes

Struggling in modern day Havana, Diego must decide to emigrate or stay and help his friend, Miguel, who is dying of AIDS.

Topics include drama, poverty, solidarity and AIDS.

March 20 “The Coming Days”

Directed by Lars Kraume (Germany, 2010) - Runtime: 125 minutes

Welcome to 2020. The European Union has collapsed following the fourth Gulf War and massive barricades keep illegal immigrants out of cities that are barely functioning.

In German with English subtitles. Topics include drama, dystopia, scarcity of resources and war.

March 27 “Hate”

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (France, 1995) - Runtime: 98 minutes

A day in the lives of three young Frenchmen of culturally diverse backgrounds after riots in a suburban Parisian ghetto.

In French with English subtitles. Topics include drama, ghetto, cultural diversity, racial tensions and police oppression.

Note: no film will be shown Feb. 27 while the College observes Winter Break.