International Film Series

Club Cinema, presented by PUC’s Spanish Club

September 25, 2014

BROTHER

Marcel Rasquin, Venezuela, 2010

Thursday, October 30, 6:30pm, CLO110

 “The heartfelt first feature from the Venezuelan filmmaker Marcel Rasquin, follows two soccer-playing boys whose striking talents offer escape from the slums of Caracas… this confident movie, alternately volatile and tender, coats its clichés in winningly natural performances and Enrique Aular’s kinetic photography. Game sequences hurtle forward in breathless bursts of motion, and scenes between the boys and their loving single mother…are handled with warm authenticity.”

–Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times

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HABANA BLUES

Benito Zambrano, Spain, 2005

Thursday, October 23, 6:30pm, CLO110

“Understanding that the energy and passion of Cuba is shown best through its music, [Benito Zambrano] has created a format to show the new Cuban music scene – an energetic mix of samba, salsa and blues…Through the personal story of struggling musicians Ruy and Tito, the difficult issues of emigration, family, separating and the different responsibilites of men and women are explored. Zambrano has painted a fresh picture of the real Cuba, one that is often easily stereotyped. A touching story with almost two hours of great music – Cuba libre!! 

–Patricia Ritz, KinoCritics.com

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WE ARE THE NOBLES

Gary Alazraki, Mexico, 2013

Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm, CLO110

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvhIeGXM2OU

 “Class-clash comedy, Nosotros los Nobles [We Are The Nobles], riffs on the cunning scheme of a Mexico  City millionaire who strips his kids of all their luxuries by staging a fake police raid, forcing them to drive buses, wait cantina tables and other humiliations conducive to heartwarming life lessons… directly inspired by Luis Buñuel’s 1949 comedy El Gran Calavera (The Great Madcap), which also features a modern-day Croesus reassessing his life.”

– Phil Hoad, The Guardian

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 THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES

Juan Jose Campanella, Argentina, 2009

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30pm, CLO110

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFF8wXGF9Yw

“Juan José Campanella’s mesmerizing thriller…”The Secret in Their Eyes”,  which won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film earlier (2010)… keeps us wondering, switching back and forth from flashbacks to present, filtering its story through a character’s eyes. The crime haunting Esposito is a brutal 1974 rape and murder…Everyone’s eyes have secrets in this story; you’ll watch them closely, barely daring to blink… the filmmaking is so skilled.”

–Moira Macdonad, Seattle Times

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 UNIT 7

Alberto Rodriguez, Spain, 2012

Thursday, October 2, 6:30pm. CLO110

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO254pzf43E

“Finally. An action film that’s more about the characters than the chase … even though the chase is damn good. Lensed by cinematographer Alex Catalán (who received the Tribeca Special Jury Mention for his work), there’s not one shake in this smooth action-cam as it thrillingly follows the ethically challenged police force of Unit 7… An insightful tale about a character’s dance to the dark side is timeless. Beautifully shot, well-acted, with a fascinating story that blends action and character together in a deft duet.”

–Kimberly Gadette, Doodle.com

 

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Four From ’14

August 24, 2014

THE MISSING PICTURE

Rithy Panh, Cambodia, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30pm, CLO110

“Part memoir and part documentary, the Oscar-nominated “The Missing Picture” engages with the past, not by confronting it, but by backing away. In doing so, it presents a view of history that is as devastatingly personal as it is profound. In 1975, when the Cambodian-born, French-educated filmmaker Rithy Panh was 13, he and his family were deported from their home in Phnom Penh to labor camps by the Communist Khmer Rouge, who had just taken over the country. “The Missing Picture” is based on his memories of the deprivation and death that followed. Combining archival footage with new scenes using crudely hand-carved, hand-painted clay figurines, Panh tells the story in a manner that feels simultaneously detached and uncomfortably intimate…It’s frankly amazing how much poignancy he is able to wring out of simple models.”

– Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

 

 

 UNDER THE SKIN

Jonathan Glazer, UK, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 6:30pm, CLO110

“In Under the Skin, a deeply creepy and mysterious noir from filmmaker Jonathan Glazer, Scarlett Johansson is this quite literal femme fatale, robotic, hypnotic, trolling Scotland – cities, villages, the cold rocky shores – for prey. Who she is and where she’s from are questions that get answered, to a degree, as she moves through her nights and days… Under the Skin definitely gets under your skin. If you want spooky, allegory-free sci-fi, the film works that way – an alien among us, trying to come to terms with this odd new context, and with her increasingly empathic urges. (The more she lingers, and commingles, the less sure she is of her own being.).”
–Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

 

 

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April IFS: Trips

March 26, 2014

The Trip

Wednesday, April 2nd, 6:30 pm, CLO 110

“Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are English comedians with distinctly different styles. In ‘The Trip,’ they play themselves, brought together under a fictional premise: Steve is doing an article on the cuisine of Northern England and brings Rob along on the trip. So it’s two guys traveling, eating and talking. Doesn’t sound like much. But it’s terrific…Watching ‘The Trip,’ I had some of the biggest laughs I’ve had in a movie all year. The comedians are competitive, each trying to top the other…Along the way, you get a culinary trip of England (I know, scary).”

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Free and open to the public.

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AFTER LUCIA

March 10, 2014

Seldom Screened 2013

AFTER LUCIA (Despues de Lucia)

Please join the International Film Series at Purdue Calumet on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30pm, in CLO 110, for the Mexican film, “AFTER LUCIA”.

“AFTER LUCIA”, dir. Franco, Mexico, 2012, Winner at Cannes’ (Un Certain Regard)

“The hot-button topic of school bullying provides an attention-grabbing hook for ‘After Lucia’, the grimly persuasive sophomore feature from Mexican writer-helmer-producer Michel Franco (‘Daniel and Ana’). Suggesting that teenage cruelty is no different in Mexico City than in any other major Western metropolis, pic depicts a distressing downward spiral for its pretty, charismatic protag after one drunken misstep.”

Charles Gant, VARIETY

Films are free and open to the public.

 

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