Great Foreign Film Series on Campus This Summer

Posted by at 7:49PM

If you’re around and into good movies, the Division of International Comparative and Area Studies (ICA; yeah, I haven’t heard of it before either) is putting on a film series featuring a slate of well-renowned recent foreign films. The film series, “Global Intimacies: Six Films Portraying How Global Changes Transform Kinship, Passion, and Friendship” will run every Wednesday starting tomorrow (July 7).

Departures showcases some pretty stellar cello-based filmmaking.

It also includes two films I highly recommend: The Lives of Others and Departures, and it gives me an excuse to promote these movies to you:

The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen, Germany, 2006; showing July 7) won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. This is not normally the most astounding accomplishment, but it beat out another great movie, Pan’s Labyrinth. Written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (who is lucky to not be an athlete, because that name is not fitting on the back of any jersey), it is an enthralling account of a writer’s life in East Germany.

Departures (Okuribito, Japan, 2008; showing August 18) won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The acting in Departures is pretty bad (the lead role is played by a former boy band star), but the clever storyline and cello pieces make the movie thoroughly enjoyable.

The series also includes Sin Nombre (Rotten Tomatoes score 88%) and Tulpan (RT 97%). If that’s not recommendation enough, my mother saw Tulpan and thought it was good.

The details of the series:

WEDNESDAYS, 7:00PM
BUILDING 370 (MAIN QUAD), ROOM 370
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
450 SERRA MALL

And if you haven’t seen Toy Story 3 yet, you should probably do that first.

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