International Film Club

Once a month we meet and discuss (virtually) the film that is available and free to all PU employees in Kanopy streaming services .

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For the next date of our Film Club please check Events Calendar.

Upcoming Film

Nana

1h 15 min | Documentary | 2015 (Dominican Republic, Spanish)

Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link
Trailer:  trailer
 
 
Synopsis:
Live-in nannies Leidy, Fina and Clara leave their children in distant towns to be raised by relatives while they move away to the city to care for somebody else’s child. In a love chain, where mother figures are substituted and duplicated, bonds grow strong between kids and their nannies, and between the nannies’ children and the grandmothers or aunts who care for them. Is there just one way of defining motherly love? Going back and forth between urban and rural scenarios in Dominican Republic and Miami, ‘Nana’ goes deep into the conflicts faced by live-in nannies.
 
 

Past Films

About Elly

1h 58 min | Drama | 2015 (Farsi, Persian)

Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link
Trailer:  trailer
 
 
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 se

 

Gather

1h 15 min | Documentary | 2020 (USA)

Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link
Trailer:  trailer
 
 
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.

Yeelen

1h 45 min | Drama, Fantasy | 1987 (Mali)

Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link
Trailer:  trailer
 
 
Synopsis:
This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali, is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. 
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.
 
 

The Country Doctor

Médecin de campagne
1h 42 min | Comedy, Drama | 2016 (France)

Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link
Trailer:  trailer
 
 
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.

 

Leona

Leona
1h 34 min | Drama | 2018 (Mexico)

Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link
Trailer:  trailer
 
 
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.

 

The return 

Возвращение
1h 50 min | Drama | 2015 (Russia)

Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link
Trailer:  trailer
 
 
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.

 

Sweet Bean 

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1h 53 min | Drama | 2015 (Japan)

Link to online access: Princeton Kanopy link
Trailer:  trailer link
 
 
Synopsis:
The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. Nominated for an Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Official Selection at the Toronto Film Festival.
 
 

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