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:

April 19, 2019 Seven Boxes/7 Cajas  (2012, Paraguay/Spain, directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, 105 min.)

The entire story, a crime thriller that reflects on poverty and the need for currency of all kinds, takes place over one day within Market No.4 – a few crowded and teeming city blocks in Asuncion, Paraguay. Teenager Victor (Celso Franco) scrambles to make a living as a delivery boy with a rickety wheelbarrow. He is fascinated by screens, dreams of being on TV, and by taking on a mysterious job he hopes to earn enough to buy a cellphone. A competitor porter, Nelson (Victor Sosa) was late to take the assignment intended for him and so he chases Victor all over the market, desperate for money to buy medicines for his sick child. Victor’s friend Liz ((Lali Gonzalez) gets involved as well, helping Victor despite their rivalry. Cops are everywhere, though not very savvy. All the while the content of the 7 crates that are being ferried around the market in high speed chase is unknown except eventually to Victor and Liz. Dialogue is in Spanish and Guarani (subtitled) and Korean (not subtitled), but the story resonated with audiences around the world where many did not know these languages. The musical score incorporates indigenous instruments. Due to the location the directors (who also wrote the script) were able to make it a low budget film, without the need for sets or costumes. 7 Cajas has put Paraguay on the international cinema map. (#446)

May 3, 2019 The Promise/  (2016, USA, directed by Terry George, 132 min.)

A carefully researched (but nevertheless controversial) epic story set in the last days of the Ottoman Empire and around the 1914 outbreak of World War I. Rural apothecary Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) yearns to study medicine in Constantinople to become a real doctor. The dowry he receives when promising to marry Maral (Angela Sarafyan) finances his studies. Once in medical school, he meets Paris-educated Ana Khesarian (Charlotte Le Bon) who is from his region of Turkey, and falls in love with her despite Ana’s liaison with Associated Press journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale). The love triangle continues throughout the film but is overshadowed by the historical reality of the horrors of the Armenian genocide (that still is denied a century later) in which they become embroiled. The parallels to World War II are stark. Viewers experience atrocities primarily as reflected in the facial expressions of the actors. To do justice to the lasting effects of the genocide is difficult, but it is an important story that must be told. (#447)

May 17, 2019 Das Wunder von Bern /The Miracle of Bern/  (2003, Germany, directed by Sönke Wortmann, 117 min.)

In 1954 the Soviet Union was shipping the last groups of prisoners of war home to Germany. Among them is Richard Lubanski (Peter Lohmeyer), the father of a young soccer-enthusiast, Matthias (Louis Klamroth) who lives with his mother Christa (Johanna Gastdorf), brother Bruno (Mirko Lang) and sister Ingrid (Birthe Wolter) in a mining town and has never met his father (nor does his father know of his existence). Matthias’ idol is soccer star Helmut Rahn (Sascha Göpel). The father, obviously suffering PTS and confused by the “new” Germany, takes out his frustration on the family and creates angry reactions. The miracle of the title that changes everything is the unexpected but true fact that West Germany won the World Cup in Bern, Switzerland on July 4, 1954 – and to this day that date is considered a turning point in post-war Germany. The winning goal was scored by Helmut Rahn in the 84tth minute with a bit of miracle help by Matthias. (#448)