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:

December 7, 2018 – Paradise Road  (1997, Australia/US, directed by Bruce Beresford, 122 minutes, rated R)

Based on true events, this drama portrays an international group of women POWs who were captured by the Japanese in 1942 and interned as enemy aliens on Sumatra. The brutal and inhumane treatment and deprivation in the prison camp caused both friction and solidarity among the women. What ultimately became central to their coping with despair was the formation of a vocal orchestra, conducted by Adrienne Pargiter (Glenn Close) and Margaret Drummond (Pauline Collins), who both drew on their prior musical training. Classical music scores were written down from memory and rehearsed until ready for a concert. This all took place behind the backs of the captors, but these same captors eventually came to appreciate the music. The contrast between their harsh treatment of the prisoners and their sensitivity to the beauty of the music is strikingly depicted.

 

December 21, 2018 – Loving Vincent  (2017, Poland/UK/US, directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, 94 minutes, rated PG-13)

Billed as the world’s first feature length oil-painted animation, Loving Vincent was created using tens of thousands of oil paintings, copying 120 of van Gogh’s paintings, produced over a period of seven years by a huge number of international artists.

The people in van Gogh’s paintings are brought to life and speak with the voices of professional actors – among them Douglas Booth, Josh Burdett, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan, and Aidan Turner. The plot is drawn from hundreds of letters by the artist and focuses on his life in the French countryside during the last weeks of his life.

What is the story? It’s framed as a mystery to try to determine the circumstances of Van Gogh’s death. Postmaster Joseph Roulin (Chris O’Dowd) has an undelivered letter and sends his son, Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) to find Vincent’s brother Theo to give him this letter. Theo, however, has also passed away. Intrigued, Armand then travels to places where Vincent lived and painted and interviews many of the people who knew him to try to unravel what happened during his final days. The question remains unresolved, but the viewer gains insights into the possibilities and spends an hour and a half immersed in Vincent van Gogh’s art.