The International Film Series offers a free screening each Wednesday evening during the fall semester. The series, now in its ninth year, is sponsored by the Hanover College Modern Languages and Cultures Department.

International Film Series Fall 2019

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

Sept. 11 - “Alba

Directed by Ana Cristina Barragán (Ecuador, 2016) - Runtime: 98 minutes

When 11-year-old Alba moves into her father's house, both of them realize they are shy and lonely, but they can't find a way to approach each other. [In Spanish with English subtitles / Topics: drama, family relationships, illness, coming of age]

Sept. 18 - “Vincent Wants to Sea

Directed by Ralf Huettner (Germany, 2010) - Runtime: 96 minutes

A young man who has Tourette's syndrome escapes from an institution with two other patients and travels to Italy to fulfill his late mother's last wish. [In German with English subtitles / Topics: drama, friendship, road movie, mental health]

Sept. 25 - “The Samurai

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville (France/Italy, 1967) - Runtime: 105 minutes

When a cool professional hitman is spotted by a witness, his attempts to provide himself an alibi fail, driving him further into a corner. [In French with English subtitles / Topics: Crime, thriller, contract killer, solitude]

Oct. 2 - “They Shall Not Grow Old

Directed by Peter Jackson (U.K., 2018) - Runtime: 99 minutes

Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage, Jackson aims to give these men voices and investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans. [Topics: documentary, World War I, archival material, oral histories]

Oct. 9 - “Viaje

Directed by Paz Fábrega (Costa Rica, 2015) - Runtime: 71 minutes

After meeting at a party, Pedro and Luciana embark on an adventure to Rincón de la Vieja, an area of rainforests and volcanoes, where he is working on his thesis project. [In Spanish with English subtitles / Topics: comedy, romance, travel, rain forest]

Oct. 16 - “The Lives of Others

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany, 2006) - Runtime: 138 minutes

Doubting that a famous playwright is loyal to the Communist Party, a dedicated Stasi officer spies on the playwright and his actress-lover. The Stasi officer becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple, then faces conflicting loyalties when his superior takes a liking to the actress. [In German with English subtitles / Topics: thriller, East Germany, Stasi, theater]

Oct. 23 - “Odette Everybody

Directed by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (France/Belgium, 2006) - Runtime: 100 minutes

In this feel-good film, naïve store clerk Odette loves to escape her dull life by reading sappy fiction. Will her optimistic bubble burst when she meets the author of these books? [In French with English subtitles / Topics: Romantic comedy, fantasy, writer, midlife crisis]

Oct. 30 - “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (Iran/U.S.A., 2014) - Runtime: 101 minutes

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. [In Persian with English subtitles / Topics: horror, vampire-western, gender dynamics, Iran]

Nov. 6 - “Neruda

Directed by Pablo Larraín (Chile, 2016) - Runtime: 107 minutes

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. [In Spanish with English subtitles / Topics: drama, politics, poetry, detective genre]

Nov. 13 - “Good Bye, Lenin!

Directed by Wolfgang Becker (Germany, 2003) - Runtime: 121 minutes

Two siblings go to great lengths to pretend that communism still reigns in Berlin in order to protect their mother, a loyal party member, after she wakes from a coma. [In German with English subtitles / Topics: comedy-drama, East Germany, communism]

Nov. 20 - “Lacombe, Lucien

Directed by Louis Malle (France, 1974) - Runtime: 138 minutes

In 1944 occupied France, a small-town teenage boy collaborates with the Nazi regime, then falls in love with a Jewish girl. [In French with English subtitles / Topics: Drama, World War II, occupation, moral ambiguity]