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September 2020

Virtual International Film Club: Sweet Bean

September 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will be discussing the following film: Film title: Sweet Bean (2015, Japanese) https://catalog.princeton.edu/catalog/11125062

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October 2020

Virtual International Film Club: The Return

October 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will be discussing the following film: Film title: The Return (Vozvrashchenie), Russian 2003 https://catalog.princeton.edu/catalog/11700747   Synopsis: Andrey (Vladimir Garin) and Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) are brothers who have been raised alone by their mother. When their father (Konstantin Lavronenko) suddenly returns home after vanishing some 12 years earlier, they are both extremely happy to see him back in their lives. Ivan, however, quickly grows suspicious of his father, and determines to find out where exactly his father vanished to all those years ago, and why he suddenly decided to come back into their lives now.  Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEKp-Ort7hU

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November 2020

Virtual International Film Club: Leona

November 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will be discussing the following film: Film title: Leona, Mexico 2018 https://catalog.princeton.edu/catalog/11700747   Synopsis: An intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful - there are no easy choices to be made. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEKp-Ort7hU

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January 2021

Virtual International Film Club: The Country Doctor

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  We will be discussing the following film: Film title: Médecin de campagne (The Country Doctor, 2016) Synopsis: This social dramedy stars Francois Cluzet as a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-age woman who has come from the city hospital to earn her chops. Challenging each other with opposite views on medicine, the pair eventually bonds and learns from one another. Nominated for Best Actor (Francois Cluzet) at the Cesar Awards. Nominated for an Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Free and available online at Kanopy https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/country-doctor (PUID required)   Watch the trailer: https://www.imdb.com/video/vi1260631577?playlistId=tt5078326&ref_=vp_rv_0  

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February 2021

Virtual International Film Club: Yeelen

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  We will be discussing the following film: Film title: Yeelen Synopsis: This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali, is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story mixed with magic, Yeelen is as visually stunning as anything from Hollywood. Set in the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century, Yeelen follows the journey of Nianankoro, a young warrior who must battle the powerful Komo cult. Nianankoro's greatest enemy is his own father, a dangerous and corrupt wizard who uses his dark magic to try and destroy his son. Traveling over the arid Bambara, Fulani and Dogan lands of ancient West Africa, Nianankoro eventually comes face to face with his father in a final fatal showdown. Cisse's extraordinary use of landscapes and light produces a unique and striking cinematic style. Yeelen was met with wide critical success and was awarded the Jury Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Golden Palm award for the same year. It was nominated for Best International Film at the Film Independent Spirit Awards at the 4th annual Spirit Awards in 1989. It was ranked #94 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010. Free and available online at Kanopy https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/yeelen (PUID required)   Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/200607771  

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March 2021

Virtual International Film Club: Gather

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will be discussing the following film: Film title: Gather (2020, USA) Synopsis: GATHER follows the stories of natives on the frontlines of a growing movement to reconnect with spiritual and cultural identities that were devastated by genocide. An indigenous chef embarks on a ambitious project to reclaim ancient food ways on the Apache reservation; in South Dakota a gifted Lakota high school student, raised on a buffalo ranch, is proving her tribes native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men of the Yurok tribe in Northern California are struggling to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon. All these stories combine to show how the reclaiming and recovery of ancient food ways is a way forward for native Americans to bring back health and vitality to their people. Free and available online at Kanopy https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/gather (PUID required)   Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfSGB-aSo6A  

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April 2021

Virtual International Film Club: About Elly

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will be discussing the following film: About Elly Synopsis: With the return of their friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals (two married couples and a brother and sister, along with three young kids) decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Free and available online at https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/about-elly-0 (PUID required)   Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdqMICWhxuA  

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