International Film Festival

Our annual International Film Festival goes virtual this summer! Watch the films on Kanopy, the Library's free streaming service, and join us for a lively discussion on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Zoom. See the schedule of films below. Click the date you're interested in for information on attending and click the film title to login to Kanopy.

July 7Cleo from 5 to 7 (French)
Agnes Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman's life, Cleo From 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid verite and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.
July 14Ugetsu (Japanese)
“Quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers,” said Jean-Luc Godard of Kenji Mizoguchi. And Ugetsu, a ghost story like no other, is surely the Japanese director's supreme achievement.

Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this haunting tale of love and loss–with its exquisite blending of the otherworldly and the real–is one of the most beautiful films ever made.

Mizoguchi won the Silver Lion at the 1953 Venice Film Festival.

July 21Ave Maria (Arabic, Hebrew, English)
An Israeli settler family crash their car outside an isolated convent in the occupied West Bank. Their only hope of getting home rests with five nuns who have taken a vow of silence.

Academy Award Nominee – 2016 Oscars.

Official Selection/Short Film Competition – Cannes International Film Festival 2015.

July 28Good Luck (Serbian)
Shot on Super 16mm, Good Luck is a portrait of two mining communities operating on opposite sides of a hostile world: the State employees of a 400m-deep underground Serbian copper mine and the laborers of an illegal gold mine in the jungle tropics of Suriname.

Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Locarno International Film Festival.

August 4Becoming Astrid (Swedish)
Teenaged Astrid Lindgren, future author of Pippi Longstocking, leads a carefree life in rural Sweden. Eager to break free from her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves home to give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster mother. When the foster mother falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her child.

Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival.

August 11Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (French)
A worried husband (Gerard Depardieu) finds a lover for his depressed wife (Carole Laure), but she falls in love with a bullied thirteen-year-old math prodigy and wants to have the boy's baby.

Winner of Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, USA.

“…it remains the purest expression of Blier's comic metier, treating naughty ideas with the straightest of faces.”- Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times.

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    • Kristen, Adult Librarian

      Hi Lindsay, no that’s fine – if you haven’t watched the film, Ugetsu, you can view it beforehand, and then at 2 pm tomorrow just click on the Zoom link at the bottom of the calendar entry here.

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