Our first meeting in the fall will take place this Friday, September 17 noon to 1pm, at Lewis Thomas Laboratory (LTL), Room #118. We will spend some time catching up and then discuss the plans for the incoming year. For members attending in person we will offer lunch.
The Women’s Balcony 1h 40 min | Drama/Comedy | 2016 (Israel, Hebrew) Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link Trailer: trailer Synopsis: An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the men and women in a devout community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good-hearted comedy. Awash with Jerusalem's distinctive glow, THE WOMEN'S BALCONY is a warm, poignant portrait of a modern
Next movie for our Virtual International Film Club will be Iranian film “Cold Sweat”. We will have a special guest, a post-doctoral fellow, Sheida Dayani from the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies who selected the movie for us and will be moderating our discussion. Big THNAK YOU to Becky Parnian who helped organize this special session! We hope you will enjoy watching it and will join us for a discussion! Film title: Cold Sweat Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTNf6Ivyek Available at Kanopy: https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/cold-sweat (PUID required) Synopsis: Afrooz is the captain of the Iranian National Futsal Team, a women’s indoor soccer team. A long-held dream to play the Asian Games final is shattered when Afrooz’ husband imposes a travel restriction on her. Furious, Afrooz stands up against the patriarchal Iranian system. But will she win this battle? About the director: Soheil Beiraghi is an Iranian director, screenwriter and producer. "Me" (2016), "Cold Sweat" (2018) and "Unpopular" (2020) are the works of this young director. He started working in cinema as an assistant director in 2005 and after a decade of work as a programmer and assistant director in various films, he directed his first feature film called "Me" (2016). Beiraghi also has a background in theater directing and play writing.
Next movie for our Virtual International Film Club will be a comedy-drama from New Zealand “Boy”. We hope you will enjoy the move and join us for a Zoom discussion this Friday. Film title: Boy Trailer: https://youtu.be/ESD3mlgpSwM Available at Kanopy: https://princeton.kanopy.com/video/boy (PUID required) Synopsis: Out of nowhere, Boy's Dad (Waititi) rolls up in a vintage car with his "gang", and turns Boy's life upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights, and falling-outs, as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago. Waititi adopts a fanciful deadpan tone that's part Wes Anderson and part Flight of the Conchords, complete with child-like animations and hilarious re-enactments of Michael Jackson music videos. It's one of the most creative comedies you'll see all year. Awards: Winner of Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema - Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival. About the director: Taika Waititi is a New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian. He is a recipient of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award, and has received two nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards. His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been the top-grossing New Zealand film. Waititi's 2003 short film Two Cars, One Night earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. He co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the horror comedy film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) with Jemaine Clement, which was adapted into a television series of the same name (2019–present). The series has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. His most recent directing credits include the superhero film Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the black comedy film Jojo Rabbit (2019), the latter of which he also wrote and starred in as an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler. Jojo Rabbit received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Waititi also earned a Grammy Award for producing the film's soundtrack.
In celebration of the Earth Day, let’s focus on our planet and watch a documentary “Tomorrow”. As we all know, the world's climate is changing. Instead of showing the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions. We hope you will enjoy watching it and will join us for a discussion on Friday, April 22, at noon. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday’s Zoom discussion. Film title: TOMORROW Join a discussion on Zoom Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/video/vi4216501785/?ref_=tt_vi_i_1 Available at Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/1575634 (PUID required) Synopsis: Faced with a sense of powerlessness in the face of growing evidence of a coming mass human extinction, Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) and activist Cyril Dion travel to ten countries where grassroots pioneers are reinventing their economies and democracies. From Detroit, where urban farms have transformed a dying city, to Copenhagen, where nearly 70% of the energy is renewable, to Kuttambakkan in India, where participative democracy allows different castes to work together, and to other communities around the world, TOMORROW engages the audience to consider what can and must be done to save our future. 2016 César Award for Best Documentary Film. "*Critic’s Pick! Strikingly composed…fast-paced…an overall sense of lighthearted adventure…the hopscotching visuals are as vibrant as the subjects profiled." - The New York Times About the directors: Cyril Dion is a French writer, film director, poet, and activist. He is one of the leading figures in the French climate movement that is organizing the Climate Marches starting in September 2018. Mélanie Laurent, is a French actress, filmmaker, and singer.
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.
Zoom info Film title: In the Mood for Love Trailer: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/219420 Watch at Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/219420 (PUID required) Synopsis: Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite, until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar-wai’s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career. About the director: Wong Kar-wai is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films are characterized by nonlinear narratives, atmospheric music, and vivid cinematography involving bold, saturated colors. A pivotal figure of Hong Kong cinema, Wong is considered a contemporary auteur, and ranks third on Sight & Sound's 2002 poll of the greatest filmmakers of the previous 25 years. His films frequently appear on best-of lists domestically and internationally. Born in Shanghai, Wong emigrated to British Hong Kong as a child with his family. He began a career as a screenwriter for soap operas before transitioning to directing with his debut, the crime drama As Tears Go By (1988). While As Tears Go By was fairly successful in Hong Kong, Wong moved away from the contemporary trend of crime and action movies to embark on more personal filmmaking styles. Days of Being Wild (1990), his first venture in such a direction, did not perform well at the box office. It however received critical acclaim, and won Best Film and Best Director at the 1991 Hong Kong Film Awards. His next film, Ashes of Time (1994), met with a mixed reception because of its vague plot and atypical take on the wuxia genre. Read more…