Wednesday, August 22, 2012

House of Pleasures Highlights Sarratt's 'International Lens' Free Screening Schedule

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The city's best free film series, Vanderbilt's "International Lens," launches its fall semester 11 p.m. Saturday with an outdoor screening of the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It's a movie that played for months at The Belcourt, and no doubt some fans might want a second look. But the real value of this series lies in the movies it brings to Nashville that haven't played commercial theaters — some documentaries or American indies, others acclaimed or even obscure foreign titles that slipped through the cracks.

This year, those offerings include Aurora, the enigmatic new feature by The Death of Mr. Lazarescu director Cristi Puiu; Bertrand Tavernier's historical romantic drama La Princesse de Montpensier; and the two-part, four-hour documentary Half the Sky, which examines the global impact of sex trafficking and gender-based violence. (We're also pleased to get a second chance to see NaFF award-winner Hipsters, the terrific high-energy Russian musical that's a kind of Soviet period-piece kids-in-revolt variation on Footloose.)

By far, though, the title that has us most excited is Bertrand Bonello's House of Pleasures, a portrait of the waning days of an 19th-century brothel that placed in the upper reaches of critics' polls last year, yet never played Nashville theaters. The trailer above shows why we're enthused — especially when it breaks out one of the all-time great underrated soul singles, Lee Moses' "Bad Girl (Part 1)." (We hear the movie also makes revelatory use of The Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin.")

The full calendar follows below, taken from Sarratt's site.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Saturday, August 25
Note: Special Outdoor Screening at 11 p.m. on the Commons Center South Patio Lawn. Bring blankets and
snacks. Rain Site will be in the Commons Center Dining Hall.
Presented by: Vanderbilt Global Perspectives

Sweden (2009) Dir: Niels Oplev. A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working on a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson’s hugely successful book. Swedish with English subtitles. Rated R. 152 mins. DVD.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Wednesday, September 5
Presented by: Vanderbilt University Chinese Association

Taiwan (2000) Dir: Ang Lee. A martial arts spectacular featuring special effects and action sequences by the choreographer of The Matrix, Yuen Woo Ping. Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. Academy Awards for Cinematography, Score, Art Direction, and Foreign Language Film. Mandarin with English subtitles. PG-13. 120 mins.

Not One Less
Monday, September 10
Presented by: Vanderbilt University Chinese Association (VUCA)

China (1999) Dir: Yimou Zhang. In a village in China mired in poverty, the teacher must leave for a month and can find only a 13-year old girl to substitute. He leaves one stick of chalk for each day and promises her an extra ten yuan if there’s not one less student when he returns. When one student turns up missing, she
travels to the city to look for him in a place where thousands of children are working in the underground labor force or begging on the street. Mandarin with English
subtitles. Rated G. 106 mins. DVD.

A People Uncounted
Wednesday, September 12
Presented by: The Holocaust Lecture Series

Canada (2011) Dir: Aaron Yeger. The Roma (Gypsies) faced annihilation during the Nazi “Final Solution,” yet have been relegated to a footnote in history. Today, the Roma are victims of extreme and often violent racial persecution. This documentary brings the Romani history to life through the rich interplay of their poetry,
music, and compelling first hand accounts. English. Unrated. 99 mins. DVD. Partial funding provided by The Holocaust Lecture Series.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Tuesday, September 18
Presented by: A.J. Reid Finlayson M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

USA (1975) Dir: Milos Forman. A small-time criminal fakes insanity in hopes of doing easy time in a mental hospital. The brash rebel played by Jack Nicholson rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more dictator than nurse. Based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, it is a stunning 1970s social critique. English. Rated R. 133 mins. DVD. Partial funding provided by Department of Psychiatry.

Erasing Hate
Tuesday, September 25
Presented by: The Office of Leadership Development & Intercultural Affairs.

USA (2007) Dir: Bill Brummel. Violent skinhead Bryon Widner’s face, neck, and hands were covered with intimidating, racist tattoos. A series of painful laser procedures over the course of more than a year and a half was just the outward sign of an inner transformation. A first-person look inside the dark world of racist skinheads, that offers hope in one man’s escape from a life of violence, addiction, and bigotry. English. Not Rated. 90 mins. DVD.

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
Wednesday, September 26
Presented by: Dr. Edward Fischer, Director of the Center of Latin American Studies

Mexico (2011) Dir: Pamela Yates. A story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. The main characters are connected by the 1982 Guatemala then engulfed in a war where the military exterminated nearly 200,000
Mayan people. Spanish with English subtitles. Not rated. 103 mins. DVD.

Saturday, September 29 Note: Screened at 10 p.m. in The Commons Center MPR
Presented by: Vanderbilt Global Perspectives

India (2002) Dir: Sanjay Bhansali. Set in the early 1900s, a wealthy family prohibits their son from marrying the woman he loves. As his life spirals out of control, he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain. Based on a classic Indian novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhye. Hindi with English subtitles. Rated PG. 185
mins. DVD.

Moi, Petite Fille de 13 Ans (As a Young Girl of 13)
Presented as part of The Tournées Festival
Tuesday, October 2
Presented by: Alexander Joskowicz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and European Studies

France (2012) Dir: Elisabeth Coronel. Simone Lagrange, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, recalls with astonishing detail, the horrors of the Holocaust and her role in bringing Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice. Composed of a lengthy interview interspersed with archival footage, she recalls unspeakable acts of
barbarity with clear-eyed acuity. French with English Subtitles. Not rated. 88 mins. DVD.

Breaking the Silence — Music in Afghanistan
Monday, October 8
Presented by: Gregory Barz, Professor of Ethnomusicology and Faculty Head of North House

Afghanistan (2002) Dir: Simon Broughton. The story of the return of music to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. Their banning of music is unprecedented in musical history, but during the former regimes of the Mujaheddin and the Soviets, music was caught in the political crossfire and could be a matter of life and death. English subtitles. Not rated. 60 mins. DVD.

Les Hommes Libres (Free Men)
Presented as part of The Tournées Festival
Wednesday, October 10

France (2011) Dir: Ismaël Ferroukhi. In Nazi-occupied Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. Recruited by the police to keep an eye on suspicious activities at a mosque, he finds himself fighting the good fight in spite of himself. French with English subtitles. Not rated. 99 mins.

S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
Tuesday, October 16
Presented by: Holocaust Lecture Series

Cambodia (2003) Dir: Rithy Panh. A powerful documentary about the notorious detention center in Phnom Penh. Panh interviews two survivors and brings back several of the personnel who committed atrocious acts on behalf of the regime, many while they were still teenagers. A stark reminder of the horrors that result from
blind obedience. Central Khmer with English subtitles. Unrated. 101 mins.

Les Contes de la Nuit (Tales of the Night)
Presented as part of The Tournées Festival
Wednesday, October 17

France (2011) Dir: Michel Ocelot. Ravishing animation is set in a little cinema where three storytellers meet every night to act out various tales set in forests and cities of gold populated with sorcerers, fairies, and powerful kings. An instant classic and a visual delight for any child and parent. French with English subtitles. Not rated. 84 mins. DVD.

Presented as part of The Tournées Festival
Wednesday, October 24
Presented by: Robert Barsky, Professor of English, French, Italian, and Jewish Studies.

Canada (2010) Dir: Denis Cote. The complex relationship between a reclusive Quebec father and his socially isolated,12-year-old daughter reaches a breaking point when the girl makes a grim discovery that compels her to break their suffocating cycle of dysfunction. French with English subtitles. Not rated. 92 mins.

The Candidate
Thursday, October 25
Presented by: Dr. Bruce Barry, Professor of Management, and Dr. John Geer, Professor of Political Science

USA (1972) Dir: Michael Ritchie. Robert Redford stars as an idealistic crusader who challenges a stodgy incumbent for a Senate seat, figuring out that idealism and winning are two very different things. Still a relevant take on the modern political campaign. The first of two political campaign feature films scheduled for the 2012 pre-election season. English. Rated PG. 110 mins. DVD.

Winged Migration
Saturday, October 27 Note: Screened at 10 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema
Presented by: Vanderbilt Global Perspectives

France (2001) Dir: Jacques Perrin. A visually dazzling documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. English. Rated G. 98 mins.

Primary Colors
Monday, October 29
Presented by: Dr. Bruce Barry, Professor of Management, and Dr. Alan Wiseman, Associate Professor of Political Science

USA (1998) Dir: Mike Nichols. A fictionalized version of Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign for the presidency, based on the novel by Joe Klein. A satire with a spot-on performance by John Travolta as the candidate is also a meditation on the ethics of using damaging information about one’s opponent. The second of two political
campaign feature films scheduled for the 2012 pre-election season. English. Rated R. 143 mins. DVD.

La Princesse de Montpensier
Presented as part of The Tournées Festival
Tuesday, October 30
Presented by: Dr. Patricia Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in French

France (2010) Dir: Bertrand Travernier. A gripping drama set against the savage wars of religion that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella by the celebrated Madame de Lafayette, the film centers on the love of Marie de Mezières for her dashing cousin Henri de Guise, thwarted when her father’s political
ambitions force her into marriage with the well-connected Montpensier, whom she has never met. French with English subtitles. Not rated. 139 mins.

Thursday, November 1
Presented by: Mr. Sasha Spektor, Andrew Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian

Russia (2008) Dir: Vakeriy Todorovskiy. A lavish, candy-colored musical set in Moscow circa 1955. While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Russian with English subtitles. Unrated. 130 mins.

Half the Sky (Episode 1)
Monday, November 5
Presented by: Nashville Public Television

USA, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Vietnam (2012) Dir: Maro Chermayeff. A documentary inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Sex trafficking, forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality claim one woman every 90 seconds and present the single most vital opportunity of our time. Kristof and celebrity activists travel across the globe to find meaningful solutions to empower women and girls and lay the groundwork for the next generation. English, Central Khmer, Urdu, and Vietnamese
with English subtitles. Unrated. 120 minutes. DVD.

Half the Sky (Episode 2)
Wednesday November 7
Presented by: Nashville Public Television
A Continuation of the journey from Episode One. English, Central Khmer, Urdu, and Vietnamese with English subtitles. Unrated. 120 minutes. DVD.

The Way
Thursday, November 8
Presented by: Maria Pintane, Senior Lecturer in Spanish & Portuguese

Spain (2010) Dir: Emilio Estevez. An inspirational story of an irascible father who travels overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the El camino de Santiago. Deciding to take the pilgrimage himself, he learns to be a citizen of the world again. Spanish with English subtitles. PG-13. 123 mins.

L’apollonide (House of Pleasures)
Tuesday, November 13

France (2011) Dir: Bertrand Bonello. A frank account of life in a smart Parisian brothel in 1900. It demonstrates that la belle époque was less belle for the girls than for their wealthy clients, though better than walking the streets or working in a sweatshop. Superbly designed to suggest the oppressive, hypocritical haut-bourgeois
decor and the obsessive eroticism that excludes real desire. French with English subtitles. Unrated. 122 mins.

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
Wednesday, November 14 Note: Starting time at 6:30 p.m. due to the film length
Presented by: Vanderbilt Global Perspectives

India (2001) Dir: Ashutosh Gowariker. The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. One of the most expensive films to come out of Bollywood — lavish, rousing entertainment in the old-fashioned tradition of Hollywood musicals with eye-popping song-and-dance routines. Hindi with English subtitles. Rated PG. 224 mins.

Wednesday, November 28
Presented by: Jennifer Fay, Director of Film Studies, Associate Professor of Film Studies and English

Romania (2010) Dir: Cristi Puiu. A murder mystery turned on its head — where the mystery’s not the culprit, but the motive. Inside a non-descript apartment, a man and woman discuss the inconsistencies in Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. Behind a line of abandoned trailers on the outskirts of Bucharest, the same man then waits for something or someone to arrive. Today he will carry out a plan that will bring order to his world. Romanian with English subtitles. Unrated. 181 mins.

5 Centimeters Per Second
Thursday, November 29
Presented by: Dr. Gerald Figal, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and the Vanderbilt Anime and Manga Enthusiasts

Japan (2007) Dir: Makoto Shinkai. This animated drama tells the tale of two friends separated by chance and reunited by determination. Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a man through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. Japanese with English subtitles. PG-13. 63 mins. DVD.

International Lens film series is coordinated by the Office of Arts & Creative Engagement and the Office of International Student & Scholar Services in collaboration with Vanderbilt University academic departments, centers, and programs. Nashville Premieres underwrites the screening of independent and foreign films, as well as re-released film classics, which have not previously been shown in the city.

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses.

Schedule is subject to change. All films in 35mm unless otherwise noted. “Not rated” films may contain material suitable for mature audiences only.

Sarratt Cinema is located on the 1st floor of the Sarratt Student Center. MPR (Multipurpose Room) is on the second floor of The Commons Center on Vanderbilt’s Peabody Campus. Parking for Nashville community members for International Lens screenings in Sarratt Cinema is available at no charge in Zone 2 Lot 2 on West End Avenue. Please avoid parking in spaces that are reserved. If the lot is full, metered parking spaces are available on West End.

NOTE: there is no charge after 6 p.m. for parking at meters along West End. ALL other meters on campus are enforced 24/7, so do not park at these meters. Free parking for films at The Commons Center is available in Zone 1 Lot 77, located on Horton Ave @ 18th Ave South. For parking maps and additional information visit internationallens or call 322-6400.

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