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 Feb. 2016
Upcoming Film Information:
The International Film Series will take is customary break for June, July, & August and will return September 1.
– Shown at International House, 10 College Park, on first and third Friday nights, Sept. – May
– Sponsored by the UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF DAVIS and I-HOUSE
– There is no charge, but donations are welcomed and gratefully accepted to help cover the
– cost of DVD rental or purchase, facilities use, cups, plates etc. and the refreshments that are served at 7:30 p.m. Programs begin promptly at 8.
September 1, 2017: The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015, UK/US, directed by Matthew Brown, 108 min.)
This biographical drama recounts the life of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, portrayed by Dev Patel. Young Ramanujan (1887-1920) was recognized by his employers as unusually gifted and encouraged to write to leading mathematicians abroad. In 1913 he arrived at Trinity College in Cambridge where he rose to prominence under the tutelage of renowned math professor G.H. Hardy, played by Jeremy Irons. Mathematics plays a key role in the story, but in an accessible way that illustrates why Ramanujan’s legacy remains important close to a century after his death. Nevertheless, British society and the university structure were not particularly welcoming to a foreign visitor from a very different background, especially during WWI. Also with Devika Bhise as Ramanujan’s young wife, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry and Jeremy Northam as Bertrand Russell. (#416)
September 15, 2017: A Hijacking (Kapringen) (2012, Denmark, directed by Tobias Lindholm, 103 min.)
The film starts by introducing us to the 7-man crew of a Danish cargo ship on the way home just before being hijacked by Somali pirates. Next we meet the CEO of the fleet, Peter Ludvigsen (Søren Malling) who has just smoothly negotiated a deal with Japanese businessmen. The pirates demand $15 million for the crew whose main spokesman is the cook, Mikkel Hartmann (Pilou Asbæk). Through a translator, Omar (Abdihakin Asgar), the negotiations between the pirates and the Copenhagen office drag on for months at a glacial pace, showing the agony caused by life or death decisions on both sides, with questions about a system that places so little value on human life. Based on a true incident, the realism of the hot, cramped, conditions on board was achieved by filming on a ship in the Indian Ocean with technical advise from former hostages. Gary Skjoldmose Porter, who plays the British negotiator Connor, is an actual hostage negotiator. (#417)
October 6, 2017: A Late Quartet (2012, US, directed by Yaron Zilberman, 105 min.)
After 25 years of hugely successful performances, the (fictional) Fugue String Quartet is facing a major challenge when its cellist, Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken) is diagnosed with Parkinson’s. His decision to retire after one final concert forces the members of the quartet to reevaluate their relationships, creating personal and interpersonal crises between second violinist Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman), his wife violist Juliette (Catherine Keener) and first violinist Daniel (Mark Ivanir), complicated further by involvement of the couple’s daughter Alex (Imogene Poots). Bound together by their years of collaboration they have to demonstrate unity and give a passionate performance of the difficult Beethoven String Quartet No 14, Opus 131. The film is insightful regarding the intricacies of chamber music, but one does not have to be a music expert to appreciate it. (#418)
October 20, 2017: Das Blaue vom Himmel (2011, Germany, directed by Hans Steinbichler, 99 min.)
Action in this film takes place in 1991 in both Germany and Latvia, with frequent flashbacks to events in the thirties and forties in Jürmala and Riga (Latvia). Sofia Schleier (Juliane Köhler), while covering actual events in Latvia, gets a call that her mother Marga Baumanis (Hannelore Elsner), suffering from dementia, has been committed to a psychiatric hospital. In an attempt to unravel multiple historical family mysteries, Sofia takes Marga back to Latvia where she gradually uncovers previously unknown elements of her parents’ past and her own origins, with the help of Osvald Kalnins (Rüdiger Vogler), a former colleague of her father, Juris Baumanis (Niklas Kohrt). Young Marga is portrayed by Karoline Herfurth while Dace Eversa depicts Ieva Lepere, the significant other woman in the Baumanis family history. (#419)