Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: Zaytoun

2012. Israel/UK/France. Dir: Eran Riklis. With Stephen Dorff. 110 min. 

During the 1982 Lebanon War, a captured Israeli pilot forms a tentative pact with a Palestinian boy to escape back over the border.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Eran Riklis.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000. USA. Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen. With George Clooney. 106 min. 

Three dopey cons flee a chain gang to claim a buried treasure, beginning a hilarious journey on which they encounter blind prophets, sexy sirens, overnight radio fame, and John Goodman. It’s The Odyssey meets the Depression-era rural South meets musical-adventure-satire, with a killer folky soundtrack to boot.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Mother of George

2013. Nigeria/USA. Dir: Andrew Dosunmu. With Danai Gurira. 107 min.

Newlywed Nigerian immigrants living in Brooklyn face the pressures of marriage and cultural expectations as they struggle to conceive a child. Stunning visual style situates this tense, emotional story of matrimonial strife in a dreamily reimagined and richly realized New York City.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: I Was Born, But..

1932. Japan. Dir: Yasujiro? Ozu. With Tatsuo Saito?, Tomio Aoki. 100 min.

This self-described “picture book for grownups” follows two young brothers making a name for themselves as leaders of the neighborhood gang. Meanwhile, their father sits amongst the dregs of the business world as a lowly office clerk. Revered director Ozu offers a tender reminder of the richness in Japan’s largely unseen silent filmmaking tradition.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Back to the Future

1985. USA. Dir: Robert Zemeckis. With Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. 116 min. 

Fire up the flux capacitor and take a trip back with this quintessential time-travel tale. Shenanigans (and near-incest) en- sue when slacker Marty accidentally finds himself 30 years in the past. Can he return to the future before he pre- vents his own existence? Man, this is heavy.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: American Promise

2013. USA. Dir: Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson. Documentary. 135 min. 

This intimate, contemplative doc tracks two African-American boys and their families over 13 years, as they navigate the opportunities and frustrations of an America still coming of age on issues of race, class, and privilege. The directors – parents of one of the young men – thoroughly explore the boys’ experiences at a prestigious NYC private school with a new commitment to “diversity.”

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Zazie dans le Métro

1960. France. Dir: Louis Malle. With Catherine Demongeot. 89 min.

A young girl is left in the custody of her uncle for a weekend, but he soon loses her to the beckoning streets and subways of Paris. This is Malle at his most uninhibited, using the city as a playground for visual experimentation, exemplifying a distinctly 1960’s excitement for the uncharted possibilities of the film medium.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Spirited Away

2001. Japan. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki. Animated. 125 min. 

When her family takes a fateful detour en route to their new home, a moody ten-year-old becomes trapped in a spirit world inhabited by witches, gods, and monsters – to whom she must tend at the local bathhouse while she tries to divine an escape. Miyazaki crafts a hand-drawn dream steeped in awe and whimsy, fear and beauty.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Alumni Filmmakers Screening and Q&A

The Brothers ByrneConor ‘11 and Tyler ‘09 – have been using their post-Wes years to create a series of distinctive short films and music videos. We’ll screen their short Four Eyes and other works, then provide an opportunity for current and prospective majors (or other future filmmakers) to pick the brains of two recent alumni off to a great start.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free