The International Film Series presents films from around the world. This semester's theme is "Confessions and Revelations."
January 29, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion
2014, Argentina/Spain, 122 min. by Damián Szifron
Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover’s betrayal, a return to the repressed past, and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.
February 13, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion
2017, South Korea, 129 min. by Byung-gil Jung
Since she was a little girl, Sook-hee was raised to be a deadly assassin. She gladly accepts the chance to start a new life when South Korea’s Intelligence Agency recruits her as a sleeper agent, with the promise of complete freedom after ten years of service. But soon after taking on her new identity as Chae Yeon-soo, a 27-year-old theatre actress, she begins to realize that for someone who has lived as a killer her entire life, normal is no easy task. When two men from her past suddenly appear in her new life, it unlocks dark secrets that should have stayed hidden, and the fallout is swift and explosive.
March 4, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion
2015, US/UK/France/South Korea, 89 min. by Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto
On February 21, 2013, Samantha, an American actor living in Los Angeles, received a message via Facebook that would drastically change her life. It was from Anaïs, a French fashion design student living in London. Anaïs’s friends viewed a video on YouTube featuring Samantha. They were [startled] by the identical appearance of Samantha and Anaïs. After a few light Google stalking sessions, Anaïs and her friends discovered that both girls were born on November 19, 1987 and adopted shortly after. Anaïs knew immediately that it was possible for Samantha to be her biological twin sister and reached out to her through Twitter & Facebook. This sparked the beginning of the journey for Samantha and Anaïs.
April 9, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion
BLACK MARIA FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
Black Maria is an international juried film competition and one of the most influential touring film festivals of independent film and video in the U.S. Short films are celebrated as central to the festival - not as a sidebar to feature length films. The festival is named after Thomas Edison’s original West Orange film studio dubbed the “Black Maria” because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name. For 38 years, Black Maria has focused on short films including those that shine a light on issues and struggles within contemporary society. They advance and exhibit the work of diverse filmmakers from across the US and around the world and welcome all genres that push the boundaries of film.
Bentley’s Spring 2019 International Film Series is made possible with generous support from the Department of Global Studies, Department of English and Media Studies, Valente Center for the Arts & Sciences, Bentley Library, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Media and Culture Labs & Studio.
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