International Film Series

2017-2018 Films

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

All films will be shown at the College of Central Florida, Building 8, Room 110, 3001 S.W. College Road, and are free to attend. The International Film Series will return to the Appleton Museum of Art in 2018-2019.

Sept. 26: “Inside Llewyn Davis” (R, USA, 2013, 110 min)
Directed by the Coen brothers, this story takes us back to Greenwich Village in the winter of 1961 as Llewyn Davis is trying to make a name for himself in the New York music scene. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, finding what work he can find, Llewyn's misadventures take him from the basket houses of the Village to an empty Chicago club — on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul — and back again. In English.

NEW DATE!Oct. 3: “The Nightingale” (PG-13, China, 2013, 105 min)
When her workaholic parents have to go on trips, young Ren Xing is left in the care of her estranged grandfather
Zhi Gen Zhu, a widower who lives in a small apartment in Beijing. Zhu desires to return to his small home town in the country for sentimental purposes, and takes the spoiled, precocious, selfish Xing along. The Nightingale contains superb cinematography which captures some breathtaking locations and scenery of rural China. This is a film packed with heart and charm. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Oct. 10: “Tangerines” (R, Estonia/Georgia, 2013, 90 min)
When the war in Abkhazia starts, two rural Estonian men stay in the village to harvest tangerines. But they get caught in the crossfire between two small bands of warring soldiers. Only two of the fighters survive. Both are badly wounded, but the two Estonian farmers take them in and begin to nurse them back to health. Tangerines was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. In Estonian, Georgian and Russian with English subtitles.

Oct. 24: “Ixcanul” (NR, Guatemala, 2015, 95 min)
This is the first Guatemalan film to be screened at the CF International Film Series. Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but her suitor must first spend months working in the city. It is a world Maria knows nothing of, but is forced to grapple with when serious problems arise. In Spanish and Kaqchikel with English subtitles.

Nov. 7: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (PG-13, New Zealand, 2016, 102 min)
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh new start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the Loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill) and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the rugged New Zealand bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. A touching and very funny film. In English.

Jan. 16: “Of Mind and Music” (PG-13, USA, 2014, 99 min)
An extraordinarily beautiful story woven together by the music that permeates New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous. When neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz finds that his mother has succumbed to Alzheimer's disease, he decides to take some time off and reconnect with the love of music that he shared with his mother. In English.

Jan. 30: “Theeb” (NR, UAE/Qatar, 2014, 100 min)
This coming-of-age takes place in the wake of the Great Arab Revolt against the ruling Ottoman Empire in 1916. Recently orphaned brothers Hussein and Theeb, accustomed to a nomadic lifestyle, are visited by a British officer who enlists them as guides to take him to a strategic location near the Ottoman railway. The film was shot in some of the same desert locations used for Lawrence of Arabia, and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Feb. 13: “Things to Come” (PG-13, France, 2016, 100 min)
Things fall apart. Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the demands of career and family. But when she discovers her husband of 25 years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie's life start to fall apart. She finds herself adrift, but also with a sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. In French with English subtitles.

Feb. 27: “Moonlight” (R, USA, 2016, 110 min)
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young African-American gay man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles with a dysfunctional home in 1980s Miami. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. In English.

March 6: “Hitchcock/Truffaut” (PG-13, USA/France, 2015, 79 min)
In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting — used to produce the mythical book “Hitchcock/Truffaut”— this documentary film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of “Psycho,” “The Birds,” and “Vertigo.” In English.

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