A teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood finds her idyllic bohemian community disrupted by sociopolitical uncertainty. Castillo, the first woman to earn Best Direction honors at Locarno, imbues this narrative with a dreamy atmosphere that celebrates nostalgia while pointing to its ultimate unsustainability.
1966. Japan. Dir: Hiroshi Teshigahara. With Tatsuya Nakadai. 124 min. 35mm print!
Having lost his face in an accident, a businessman finds his wife growing callous and his life falling apart. Seeking vengeance, he obtains a new face in secret and re-enters his partner’s life. In this far-fetched thriller of unadulterated imaginations, Teshigahara unveils the ruthless make-up of social identities and modern lives.
2018. USA. Dir: Boots Riley. With Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson. 111 min.
Amidst sociopolitical unrest, financially struggling Cassius uses his “white voice” to climb the ranks of one of Oakland’s telemarketing companies, only to find himself sinking deeper into a surreal alternate world. The Coup’s Riley pushes the envelope of satire to make a radical statement that’s both wildly hilarious and unsettlingly familiar.
2000. USA. Dir: Steven Soderbergh. With Julia Roberts. 131 min.
A true story about the firebrand mom of three, who was desperate for a job when an unlikely chain of events landed in her lap a potentially history-making lawsuit that demanded her unique set of skills. Roberts won her Oscar portraying a trailblazing female activist with wit, passion, and determination like no other.
1942. USA. Dir: Preston Sturges. With Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea. 88 min.
This screwball comedy of love and mistaken identity follows a savvy housewife as she abandons her marriage in search of a wealthy man to wed, with her husband in hot pursuit. Sturges (The Lady Eve, Sullivan’s Travels) is at his best with this madcap mix of verbal sparring, physical humor, and outright zaniness.
2005. USA. Dir: Ang Lee. With Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal. 134 min.
Sheep herding in Wyoming may seem an unlikely place to find love, but Ennis and Jack share an attraction that won’t quit, enduring hardships, social burdens, and the passage of time. Groundbreaking performances anchor a canonical piece of American and Queer cinema that burns with a fierce and tender flame.
1997. Japan. Dir: Satoshi Kon. With Junko Iwao. Animation. 81 min.
An adored pop star quits the biz to pursue acting and faces criticism from fans and friends alike that ferments into threats and stalking. In this violent psychosexual thriller, Kon (Paprika) braids eerie animation with inventive editing to wrap the viewer in a uniquely inescapable nightmare logic.
2017. Dominican Republic. Dir: Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias. With Vincente Santos. 106 min.
Alberto, an evangelical Christian, returns home to discover his father was murdered by a local politician and, worse, Alberto is expected to avenge his death. He must deal with questions of faith, morality, and tradition in this cacophonous film which utilizes various film formats and aspect ratios to depict a community decimated by violence.
Sponsored by the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Latin American Studies Program, and the College of Film and the Moving Image.
To support his family a young man joins a large company in Milan, where he meets a woman in a similar situation; however, their relationship is strained by the soul-sucking nature of the modern workplace. Olmi explores the effects of a recently industrialized Italy on the younger generation in this touchingly subtle Neorealist coming-of-age tale.
2018. USA. Dir: Bo Burnham. With Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton. 94 min.
Burnham’s directorial debut captures the angst of middle school through the eyes of a painfully shy teenager navigating her final days of eighth grade. This honest portrait of the messy trials, triumphs, and tribulations of modern adolescence invites you to relive your awkward memories and congratulate your younger self for making it through to the other side.
This screening is held in conjunction with Project No Red Zone, a campaign to raise awareness of the first six weeks of school when students are most vulnerable to sexual assault and sexual violence.