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:

November 3, 2017 The Other Son (2012, France, directed by Lorraine Lévy, 105 min.)
Two babies are born at the same time in an Israeli hospital. One is Israeli. The other is Palestinian. They are
evacuated during a Scud attack, accidentally switched and then raised by each other’s families for the next
18 years. When Joseph (Jules Sitruk) enlists in the Israeli Air Force, a blood test reveals that he cannot be
the son of his parents Alon and Orith Silberg (Pascal Elbe and Emmanuelle Devos). Yacine (Mehdi Dehbi),
the Israeli by birth, was raised on the West Bank by Leïla and Saïd Al Bezaaz (Areen Omari and Khalifa
Natour) and just finished his baccalaureate in Paris, expecting to start medical school. How do the families
and especially the two young men deal with this dramatic news? Do political, cultural and religious
divisions have to divide? Family members on both sides are forced to reassess their respective identities,
beliefs and values. (#420)

November 17, 2017 The Salesman (Forushande) (2016, Iran/France, directed and written by Ashgar
Farhadi, 124 min.)
Emad Etesami (Shahab Hosseini), a teacher, and his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) are both amateur actors
in a production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” when a structural disaster makes their apartment
building in Tehran unsafe. Fellow actor Babak (Babak Karimi) helps them find a new apartment where one
room is blocked off with vague, mysterious, references to its previous occupant. Home alone one night,
Rana is assaulted after unlocking the door, thinking Emad had returned home. Traumatized, she does not
want the police involved. Emad becomes obsessed with solving the crime on his own, eventually tracking
down The Man (Farid Sajjad Hosseini). Deep emotions, from revenge to compassion, create life-changing
tensions between husband and wife in this psychological-moral drama about how one man’s anger and
damaged self-esteem drive him to the brink of destroying his marriage. Winner of the 2017 Foreign
Language Oscar. Director Farhadi previously won an Oscar for “A Separation.” (#421)

December 1, 2017 Love is All You Need (Den Skaldede Frisør) (2012, Denmark/Sweden/Italy/France/Germany,
directed by Susanne Bier, 116 min.)

The locale of this multilingual romantic comedy moves between Denmark and Italy and features Trine
Dyrholm as Ida, a hairdresser recovering from breast cancer whose husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) is having
an affair, and Pierce Brosnan as Philip, a workaholic widower in the fruit and vegetable business. The two
accidentally meet only to discover that both are flying to Italy to attend their children’s wedding. Ida’s
daughter Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) and Philip’s son Patrick (Sebastian Jessen) meanwhile are preparing
Philip’s old villa in a lemon grove for the wedding just three months after meeting. As guests arrive,
tensions arise, caused by the presence of Philip’s sister-in- law Benedikte (Paprika Steen), the arrival of Leif
with girlfriend Thilde (Christiane Schaumburg-Müller) and serious qualms about the wedding by Astrid
and Patrick who admits he was getting married mostly to please his father. Ultimately the wedding is called
off. Come and find out how Ida and Philip resolve their past traumas and find a new beginning. (#422)

December 15, 2017 Hannah Arendt (2012, Germany/Luxembourg/France/Israel, directed by Margarethe
von Trotta, 113 min.)

Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa) was a prominent German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. The
film takes place from 1960-64 and is centered on the 1961 trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem. Arendt,
who escaped from the “detention” camp Gurs in the early forties, was then a professor in New York. She
volunteers to cover the trial for The New Yorker, despite her husband Heinrich Blücher’s (Axel Milberg)
opposition, and gets the assignment. As she watches the proceedings (shown in black and white original
footage) and hears testimony of survivors and the prosecutor, she comes to realize that Eichmann, rather
than a monster, was a mediocre bureaucrat who blindly followed orders and was incapable of thinking for
himself. She aslo realizes that this is not a trial about Nazi war crimes in general, but a trial of one man who
she believes was responsible for crimes against humanity. It takes her two years, assisted by Lotte Köhler
(Julia Jentsch), to finalize her article, with New Yorker editor William Shawn (Nicholas Woodeson) urging
her on while she struggles with Eichmann’s rationalizing his behavior with platitudes about loyalty and just
doing his job. Her theory of “the banality of evil” rests on the belief that appropriately motivated, all
humans are capable of inhuman acts. Her writing created great controversy and lost her many friends. One
friend, novelist Mary McCarthy (Janet McTeer), stuck by Arendt throughout. The film ends with a speech
about her conclusions to a group of students. A thought provoking film relevant to today. (#423)