International Film Series

2018-2019 Films

The CF International Film Series educates and inspires through films that are culturally, historically and artistically important. We hope you will join us as we explore and enjoy our world though great cinema.

Duckweed (NR, China, 2017, 102 min)

Sept. 11, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

In this critically acclaimed Chinese hit, a young man steps into the past to see his father's life which brings the two closer together. A father and son's tense relationship takes a turn when the son travels back in time to explore the humorous and bittersweet events that led the family to where it is today. The first of three films this season dealing with family conflict. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
 

Frantz (R, Germany, 2017, 118 min)

Sept. 25, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the World War I, “Frantz” recalls the mourning period that followed the tragic conflict as seen through the eyes of the so-called lost generation: Anna, a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien, a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small German community, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks. In German and French with English subtitles.

The Second Mother (PG-13, Brazil, 2015, 110 min)

Oct. 9, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

Val spends 13 years working as a nanny to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live with the guilt of having left her daughter Jessica back home and raised by relatives. As college entrance exams roll around, Jessica wants to come to São Paulo to take her exams. When she arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Everyone will be affected by the personality and candor of the girl and Val finds herself right in the middle of it. The second of three films this season dealing with family conflict. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

The Fencer (PG-13, Estonia, 2015, 99 min)

Oct. 23, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he finds work as a teacher and starts a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion, fencing, which becomes a form of self-expression for the young students. Endel becomes a role model, learning to love the children, many of whom have been orphaned as a result of the Russian occupation. When the children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, Endel must make a choice; risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them. In Estonian and Russian with English subtitles.

El Jeremías (PG-13, Mexico, 2016, 95 min)

Nov. 6, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

What would it be like to have a child who is a genius? Set in Sonora, Mexico, this light-hearted film tells the story of Jeremías, an eight year old who finds out he is a gifted child which initiates his journey of self-discovery. When an opportunistic psychologist makes contact with the boy, a new world of experiences open up to him but at the expense of being away from the family he loves. Jeremías must choose between this exciting but lonely new world he finds himself in or returning home to his loving family. In Spanish with English subtitles


Spring 2019

Menashe (PG, USA, 2017, 90 min)

Jan. 15, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

In Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a Hasidic Jewish man fights to retain custody of his son after his wife's death, as tradition dictates that the boy must be raised in a household with a mother. If he doesn't remarry quickly, his son will be adopted by his late spouse's stern brother. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. The third of three films this season dealing with family conflict, In Yiddish with English subtitles.

Faces Places (PG, France , 2017, 90 min)

Jan. 29, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

In this upbeat documentary which won Best Documentary at Cannes last year, French New Wave director Agnès Vard and muralist and acclaimed photographer JR travel all across France creating and displaying giant portraits of people they encounter along the way. “Faces Places” documents their heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship the two artists formed along the way. In French with English subtitles.

Omar (NR, Palestine, 2013, 98 min)

Feb. 12, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

Arrested after the death of an Israeli soldier, a Palestinian baker agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game: is he playing his Israeli handler or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now”) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama—and underneath it all, a love story—about the insoluble moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.

Selma (PG-13, USA, 2014, 125 min)

Feb. 26, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

This true story chronicles a three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the peaceful, brave activists and changed America. In English.

Wadjda (PG-13, Saudi Arabia, 2017 95 min)

March 5, 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, room 8-110

The first feature film directed by a woman in Saudi Arabia, Haifaa al-Mansour, tells the touching story of Wadjda (Waad Mohammed), a 10 year old struggling with the restrictions placed on her by religion and tradition. The CF International Film Series presents this film in honor of International Women’s Day. In Arabic with English subtitles.

For more information concerning the International Film Series contact Joe Zimmerman at zimmermj@cf.edu.

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