International Film Series

2019-2020 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.

All films will be shown Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd.,Ocala, and at 7 p.m. at the College of Central Florida, 3001 S.W. College Road, Building 8, Room 110. Films at the Ocala Campus are free and open to the public. Films at the Appleton are free to all museum and film series members; nonmembers pay museum admission. Films may contain mature content.

Sept. 10
(R, Japan, 2018, 120 min.)

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival with his film “Shoplifters.” In the story, a group of drifters find each other and make a pseudo family of their own, with survival as their goal. When young Shota is arrested, the group must work hard to avoid the police and stay together. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Sept. 24
“I am Not a Witch”
(NR, Zambia, 2018, 90 min.)

When 8-year-old Shula turns up alone in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial where she is quickly found guilty and sentenced to a state-run witch camp. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon that forces a difficult decision. This is a satirical and provocative film by Zambian-born director Rungago Nyoni. It is her first feature film. In English, Nyanja and Tonga with English subtitles.

Oct. 8
“Ali and Nino”
(NR, Azarbijan, 2016, 101 min.)

“Ali and Nino” is the story of a romance that crosses political, geographic and religious divides. Azerbaijan, 1918: though he is Muslim and she is Christian, the lovers defy their parents and marry. At first it appears that their all-consuming love will be enough to overcome the differences in their backgrounds. But their bond is soon put the test, first as she confronts what it means to be a westernized woman living in a traditionalist society, and then again when everything they know is turned upside down by the arrival of World War I. In Azerbaijani and Russian with English subtitles.

Oct. 22
“Lives Well Lived”
(NR, USA, 2018, 90 min.)

“Lives Well Lived” is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3,000 years of experience, 40 people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Cammy Dennis, Wellness Director at On Top of the World, will guest host.

Nov. 5
“Loving Vincent”
(PG-13, The Netherlands, 2017, 95 min.)

The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the “Loving Vincent” studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent's brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death. Ira Holmes, Humanities professor and CF Film Series founder, will guest host the evening screening.

Jan. 14
“Museum Hours”
(NR, Austria, 2012, 106 min.)

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an adrift out-of-town visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads that sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. "A film of such intelligence and originality that 'radical' seems the only accurate word." (Calum Marsh, Village Voice) In German and English with English subtitles.

Jan. 28
“A Bag of Marbles”
(NR, France, 2018, 110 min.)

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of the Nazi occupation through the eyes of two young Jewish boys struggling to survive on their own. Paris, 1941: Joseph and Maurice are the sons of Roman, the local barber. At 10 and 12, the boys have little understanding of the persecution of Jews. Always one false move from tragedy, these tenacious urchins survive on courage, ingenuity and more than a bit of cunning as they make their precarious way through France hoping to reunite with their family. In French and German with English subtitles.

Feb. 11
“The Salesman”
(PG-13, Iran, 2017, 125 min.)

After their old flat becomes damaged, a young couple living in Tehran is forced to move into a new apartment. Eventually, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life. Directed by Ashgar Farhadi, whose film “A Separation” was screened at the CF International Film Series several years ago. In Persian with English subtitles.

Feb. 25
(NR, Argentina, 2008, 90 min.)

Fifteen-year-old Alex has enough to deal with growing up, but born as an intersexed child, he/she is raised quietly in a small town in Uruguay to avoid cruelties from the outside world. When a plastic surgeon is invited for gender reassignment surgery, he brings his teenage son Alvaro along with him. Soon sexual attraction complicates an already tense situation in this sensitive, emotionally moving film. In Spanish with English subtitles.

March 3
“A Man Called Ove”
(PG-13, Sweden, 2016, 120m)

Based on Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the angry old man next door whom we all have known. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, he spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life, that is, until he meets his new neighbors. In Swedish with English subtitles.

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