International Film Series

International Film Series

I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.

There is no charge, but donations are welcomed and gratefully accepted to help raise funds for UNA’s Adopt-a-Future campaign in cooperation with UNHCR to build classrooms in refugee camps in Kenya.

Please check the calendar for upcoming films.

In case you missed our movie night, or you have some suggestions for good movies, you can view a list of all movies we have shown so far: UNA IH Int films 1997 through Nov. 2017

Upcoming Film Information:

October 5 – November 16, 2018 Schedule


October 5, 2018  A Man Called Ove  (2015, Sweden, directed by Hannes Holm, 116 min.)

This drama/comedy tells the story of a grumpy 59-year old widower, Ove Lindahl (Rolf Lassgård) whose life is brightened by forces beyond his control. When we first meet him, his daily routine of bringing flowers to his wife’s grave and enforcing rules in his home owners association of which he is no longer in charge, are hardly satisfying and lead him to contemplate ending his life. He attempts suicide several times (providing flashbacks that illustrate past events that caused him to be the curmudgeon he became), but on each occasion he is interrupted and becomes involved with others in the community, showing some warmth and selflessness on his part that surprises him most of all. An unexpected friendship develops with new neighbors, particularly with Iranian immigrant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) whom he comes to regard as a daughter. Even a stray cat plays a part in Ove’s friendlier participation in his neighborhood. First impressions can be unreliable – and life is more enjoyable when shared.(#435)

October 19, 2018  Welcome to Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns) (2016, Germany, directed by Simon Verhoeven, 116 min.)

We initially meet Nigerian refugee Diallo (Eric Kabongo), survivor of Boko Haram atrocities, at a Munich asylum center, getting ready for interviews with potential host families. He ends up with the Hartmanns: Angelika (Senta Berger), a retired teacher looking for ways to “do good,” Richard (Heiner Lauterbach), a doctor worried about preserving his youth in superficial ways, their son Philipp (Florian Fitz) and daughter Sofie (Palina Rojinski). There are many scenes of crosscultural and personal clashes (sometimes humorous), among the former a neighborhood welcome scene that is tasteless and insensitive though well-intentioned, among the latter the obvious putdowns by Dr. Hartmann of his colleague Tarek Berger (Elyas M’Barek) who ironically becomes Sofie’s love interest. The film gives far more emphasis to the many-faceted German response to the refugee crisis than to the actual causes and victims. (#436)

On November 2, 2018, Paul Grant will host a screening of the 2016 Austrian film Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden (Egon Schiele  – Tod und Mädchen), directed by Dieter Berner, 110 min. Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) was an important early 20th century Viennese artist and was mentored by Gustav Klimt.  His early works resembled those of Klimt, but he soon developed his own style. His explicit exploration of sexuality was disturbing to some.  In 1911, Schiele met Wally Neuzil, 17, in Vienna. They lived together, and she was a model for many of his paintings, including Death and the Maiden. (For mature audiences)

Egon Schiele – Tod und Mädchen
30 min  BBC Documentary in English

November 16, 2018  The Light Between Oceans (2016, US/UK/New Zealand, directed by Derek Cianfrance, 132 min.)

Quiet and reserved World War I trench battle veteran Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on a remote island, Janus Rock, off the Australian coast. He meets Isabel (Alicia Vikander) in the mainland town and their immediate mutual attraction leads to marriage. Their happiness is marred by two miscarriages. Then a rowboat washes ashore, containing the body of a man and a crying baby girl whom Isabel persuades Tom to raise as their own. A complex story unfolds, about love and guilt, forgiveness and redemption, the meaning of parenthood and the ramifications of difficult decisions. With Rachel Weisz as Hannah Roennfeldt and Florence Clery as Lucy-Grace. (#437)