Virtual International Film Club: Bicycle Thieves

Hello IEGAP friends, For our next Film Club discussion we selected an Italian classic, “Bicycle Thieves”, directed by Vittorio De Sica. We hope you will enjoy watching it and will join us for a discussion on Friday, May 20, at noon. We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom! Film title: BICYCLE THIEVES Join a discussion on Zoom Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax6eL_Rfv9g Available at Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/219410 (PUID required) Synopsis: Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning BICYCLE THIEVES, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, BICYCLE THIEVES embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty. About the director: Vittorio De Sica was an Italian film director and actor, a leading figure in the neorealist movement. Four of the films he directed won Academy Awards: Sciuscià and Bicycle Thieves (honorary), while Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and Il giardino dei Finzi Contini won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Indeed, the great critical success of Sciuscià (the first foreign film to be so recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and Bicycle Thieves helped establish the permanent Best Foreign Film Award. These two films are considered part of the canon of classic cinema. Bicycle Thieves was cited by Turner Classic Movies as one of the 15 most influential films in cinema history.  

Virtual International Film Club: Double Life of Veronique

The Double Life of Veronique (French: La double vie de Véronique, Polish: Podwójne życie Weroniki) is a 1991 drama directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and starring Irène Jacob. The film explores the themes of identity, love, and human intuition through the characters of Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. The two women do not know each other, and yet they share a mysterious and emotional bond that transcends language and geography. The Double Life of Véronique was Kieślowski’s first film to be produced partly outside his native Poland. It won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, and the Best Actress Award for Jacob.   Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link Trailer:  trailer Join the meeting on zoom: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/98677707084?pwd=a1dMWnR4WGZadkQrRkVmZFNwZ2IvUT09  

Virtual International Film Club: City of God

In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Phellipe Haagensen) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José "Zé" Pequeno (Douglas Silva) is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, "Knockout Ned" (Leandro Firmino da Hora). The film was shot on location in Rio's poorest neighborhoods. City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) was released in Brazil in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. Bráulio Mantovani adapted the story from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins, but the plot is loosely based on real events. It depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s, with the film's closure depicting the war between the drug dealer Li'l Zé and vigilante-turned-criminal Knockout Ned. The tagline is "If you run, the beast catches you; if you stay, the beast eats you." The film received critical acclaim and garnered four nominations at the 76th Academy Awards; Best Cinematography (César Charlone), Best Director (Meirelles), Best Film Editing (Daniel Rezende), and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Mantovani). In 2003, it was Brazil's entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it did not end up being nominated as one of the five finalists. It is frequently listed by many critics and audiences as one of the greatest films of the 21st century and one of the best films of all time.

Virtual International Film Club: The Assistant

Dear IEGAP friends, For our next International Film Club we selected “The Assistant”, USA drama directed by an Australian film director  Kitty Green. We hope you will enjoy watching it and will join us for a Zoom discussion on Friday, March 10, at noon. For those who will be joining us for a first time, the International Film Club is a series of virtual monthly meetings to discuss films selected by the Film Club committee. Zoom, Friday, March 10, at noon Film title: The Assistant    Click here to watch it on Kanopy Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9761kQCNWc   "THE ASSISTANT" follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant's - making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.   Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Telluride Film Festival.

Film Club on Campus (in person) – Abrazos: Children of Undocumented Parents

Carl A. Fields Center 58 Prospect Ave, Princeton, NJ, United States

Film title: “Abrazos: Children of Undocumented Parents” Trailer: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/250153 ABRAZOS tells the transformational journey of a group of U.S. Citizen Children, sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants, who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents - and in some instances their siblings - for the first time. There are 4.5 million other U.S. citizen children who, like them, have at least one undocumented parent and are part of mixed-status families, ABRAZOS is the story of 14 of them. To find out more about IEGAP International Film Club go to our website: https://iegap.princeton.edu/film-club/ Lunch will be provided. Bring your own beverage. Where: Carl Fields Center (map)    

Virtual International Film Club: Latinos Beyond Reel

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, IEGAP International Film Club will discuss a documentary “Latinos Beyond Reel – Challenging a Media Stereotype”. The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of media stereotypes, and to envision alternative representations and models of production more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos. We invite you to watch the movie on Kanopy anytime and then join us for a virtual discussion on Friday, October 13 at noon.  For those who will be joining us for a first time, the International Film Club is a series of virtual monthly meetings to discuss films selected by the film club committee. The films are available and free to all PU employees in Kanopy streaming services. Watch on Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/watch/video/81277/81279 (PUID required) Join Zoom discussion: Friday, October 13, at noon Latinos Beyond Reel – Challenging a Media Stereotype (trailer) Synopsis: Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and among the most diverse -- accounting for one-sixth of all Americans and tracing their origins to more than 20 countries. They are also a rising force in American politics. Yet across the American media landscape, from the broadcast airwaves to cable television and Hollywood film, the reality and richness of the Latino experience are virtually nowhere to be found. In Latinos Beyond Reel, filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how US news and entertainment media portray -- and do not portray -- Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, they uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and gross under-representation -- a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals.   Release date: February 23, 2013 Directors: Miguel Picker, Chyng-Feng Sun     To find out more about IEGAP International Film Club go to our website: https://iegap.princeton.edu/film-club/ Best, IEGAP International Film Club Committee

Virtual International Film Club: The Hunt

IEGAP International Film Club will discuss a Danish psychological drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg “The Hunt”. You can watch the movie on Kanopy and join us for a virtual discussion on Friday, November 10. For those who will be joining us for a first time, the International Film Club is a series of virtual monthly meetings to discuss films selected by the film club committee. The films are available and free to all PU employees in Kanopy streaming services. The Hunt (trailer) Watch on Kanopy: https://login.ezproxy.princeton.edu/login?url=https://princeton.kanopy.com/node/10888503 (PUID required) Join Zoom discussion: Friday, November 10 at noon Synopsis: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen has received many nominations and awards worldwide. See more    

Virtual International Film Club

IEGAP International Film Club will discuss a French comedy-drama film directed by Martin Provost “How to be a good wife”. We invite you to watch the movie on Kanopy anytime and then join us for a virtual discussion on Friday, December 8th, at noon.  For those who will be joining us for a first time, the International Film Club is a series of virtual monthly meetings to discuss films recommended and selected by IEGAP members the film club committee. The films are available and free to all PU employees in Kanopy streaming services. Contact Bernadeta (bwysocka@princeton.edu) if you would like to recommend a movie. Watch on Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/watch/video/13788918 (PUID required) Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10441958/ Join Zoom discussion: Friday, December 8, at noon Synopsis:Maintaining a household and stoically submitting to conjugal duty are the skills Paulette Van Der Beck teaches with fervor in her homemakers institute. Her certainties are shaken when she finds herself widowed and ruined. Is she rattled by the return of her first love or the wind of freedom in May ’68? What if the good wife finally became a free woman?    

Virtual International Film Club

IEGAP International Film Club will discuss a romantic comedy-drama directed by  Joachim Trier,  “The Worst person in the world” . We invite you to watch the movie on Kanopy anytime and then join us for a virtual discussion on Friday, February 9th, at noon.  Watch on Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/12472622?frontend=kui (PUID required) Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10370710/   Join Zoom discussion: Friday, February 9, at noon     The Worst Person in the World (Norwegian: Verdens verste menneske) is a 2021 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Joachim Trier, who co-wrote the screenplay with Eskil Vogt. It is the third film in the director's Oslo trilogy, following Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31st (2011).The film premiered in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim, with Renate Reinsve winning the award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. At the 94th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay   Synopsis: Chronicling four years in the life of Julie, this modern story about the quest for love and meaning explores a young woman’s navigation of the troubled waters of her love life and career path, ultimately leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.