April – The Best of Cannes: 2008-11, Palme d’Or Winners

Wednesday, April 4 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

2010 – Thailand – Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

“An eerie yet serene vision of death, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” is director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest vision of his personal twilight zone: the forests of his native Thailand. This haunted non-horror film, which won the top prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, is decidedly strange, but also gentle and sweet”. – Mark Jenkins, Washington Post.

Thursday, April 12 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

The Class

2008 – France – Directed by Laurent Cantet

“Laurent Cantet’s scrappy mesmerizer of a movie about a life in learning sneaks up and floors you. The film is based on an autobiographical novel by François Bégaudeau, a French schoolteacher who grapples with junior-high students in a racially mixed section of France”. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Wednesday, April 18 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

The Tree of Life

2011 – USA – Directed by Terrence Malick

“Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” is a film of vast ambition and deep humility, attempting no less than to encompass all of existence and view it through the prism of a few infinitesimal lives… His scenes portray a childhood in a town in the American midlands, where life flows in and out through open windows. There is a father who maintains discipline and a mother who exudes forgiveness, and long summer days of play and idleness and urgent unsaid questions about the meaning of things.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Thursday, April 26 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

The White Ribbon

2009 – Germany/Austria/France/Italy – Directed by Michael Haneke

“’The White Ribbon’ captures a mood of thickening tension and mounting violence as a series of brutal but apparently unrelated events — vandalism, fires, accidents and abductions — turn the people of the village against each other and shatter what remains of a fragile social consensus… ‘The White Ribbon’ is a dense account of childhood, courtship, family and class relations in a painfully repressed and repressive society.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.Com