Ursinus College’s International Film Festival, which runs throughout the fall semester, continues with The Sun Also Rises on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium.
Directed by Jiang Wen, the film (in Chinese with English subtitles) is loosely inspired by Ye Mi’s novel Velvet and is a follow-up to Devils on the Doorstep. It drifts between Yunnan’s Shangri-la and the Gobi Desert to follow four narratives exploring the roles that culture and revolution have played in Chinese history.
The dates and times for the remaining screening are included below. All films, which will be shown with English subtitles, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium, followed by refreshments and conversation. All screenings are free and open to the public.
Nov. 1: Tomboy, French, directed by Céline Sciamma — A tender childhood drama in which 10-year-old Laure (Zoé Heran) moves to a new neighborhood and meets Lisa, who assumes that Laure is a boy. Laure then assumes the identity of Mikael and quietly plays along. Before long, Mikael has made friends with the other children in the neighborhood as well. Meanwhile, the closer Lisa and Mikael become, the more delicate Laure’s deception grows.
Nov. 15: Dolls, Japanese, directed by Takeshi Kitano — An operatic tale of lost love inspired by traditional Japanese Bunraku doll theater that focuses on the story of Matsumoto (Hidetoshi Nishijima), who agrees to an arranged marriage despite his love for Sawako (Miho Kanno). When he leaves his bride-to-be at the altar, he returns to Sawako, only to find her so incapable of caring for herself that she needs to be tied to him with a red rope. As they wander through Japan, they encounter a woman who, while waiting for a lost love to return, brings lunch to a park for over three decades, and a disfigured pop star who is followed by a devoted fan.
Dec. 6: Satin Rouge, Arabic, directed by Raja Amari — When a newly widowed middle-aged woman (Hiam Abbass) learns her teenage daughter (Hend El Fahem) is dating an older musician named Chokri (Maher Kamoun), she goes to the nightclub where he performs to confront him. While there, she is drawn to the club’s troupe of belly dancers and soon begins learning how to perform the sensuous dances herself. In time, she becomes a performer at the club and becomes closer to Chokri.
For more information, contact Dr. Colette Trout at email@example.com or 610-409-2432.