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:

March 2, 2018 The Remains of the Day (1993, UK/US, directed by James Ivory, 134 min.)

Based on the 1989 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (2017 Nobel Prize for Literature), this drama tells the story of utter devotion to service and tradition that leaves no room for personal attachments or expressions of love. Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) was the butler – “the perfect English butler”- serving Lord Darlington (James Fox) who hosted many world leaders at his estate. Stevens hires a housekeeper, Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), strong-minded and outspoken. The film essentially takes place in 1958, when Stevens journeys to the sea to look up the housekeeper whom he has not seen in two decades and who had been married after leaving the estate. The estate now is owned by a retired American Congressman (Christopher Reeve as Mr. Lewis) who has loaned Stevens his car for the week. Through lengthy flashbacks we learn that despite their sparring at Darlington Hall the butler and the housekeeper had fallen in love but never were able to express their feelings. A subplot deals with Lord Darlington’s attempt to establish rapport between the British and Nazis in the 1930s, with strongly racial bias, later leading to his reputation being destroyed. On this trip, so many years later, Stevens finally admits to himself that he had blindly accepted his master’s views while Miss Kenton did not. Hugh Grant appears as Darlington’s godson. (#428)

 

March 16, 2018 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017, US film for TV, directed by George Wolfe, 93 min.)

In the 1950s Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman (Renée Elise Goldsberry) developed cervical cancer and unbeknownst to herself or her family became a pioneer for medical breakthroughs. Her cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line, now spread all over the world aiding research. After Henrietta’s death, her children were raised by different family members. Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne) was intrigued when she heard in science class about HeLa cells and decided to research the background story. She helped write the script for this film. It was not easy for her to get the Lacks family to talk as there was much bitterness about the fact that the cells were taken without permission and that they never benefitted from the breakthrough that has helped people all over the world. Eventually Rebecca gained the confidence of Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfry) and together they search for any information about the mother Deborah can’t remember. She also is able to get some insights from Deborah’s brothers Sonny (Rocky Carroll), Lawrence (John Thompson) and Day (Roger Robinson). (#429)