Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: The Handmaiden

2016. South Korea. Dir: Park Chan-wook. With Kim Min-hee. 144 min.

When a professional pickpocket is sent by a conman to serve as a Japanese heiress’s maid, the last thing she expects to discover is sexual freedom. Acclaimed director Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) transposes Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith to Japanese-occupied Korea in this sensational erotic thriller.

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

Film Series: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004. USA. Dir: Michel Gondry. With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet. 108 min.

Upon learning that his former girlfriend has undergone a memory erasure procedure to forget their relationship, a soft-spoken man decides to do the same. Dazzling, dreamlike imagery and sci-fi wonder show the memories of a couple in reverse, as Gondry stretches an already poignant Charlie Kaufman script to its emotional breaking point.

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

Film Series Statement on The Holy Mountain

The Following Statement comes from the 2015-2016 Wesleyan Film Board:

After releasing this quarter’s calendar, members of the Film Board learned that Alejandro Jodorowosky, the director of The Holy Mountain (to be shown on Thursday, April 20), has openly claimed to have sexually assaulted a cast-member while working on his previous film El Topo. While these accounts are not recent, none of the members of the Film Board were aware of Jodorowsky’s past comments until after the calendar’s release.

First and foremost, we sincerely apologize for programming this film into the calendar; had we known of Jodorowosky’s statements, which can be easily found online, we would not have suggested its screening. Upon learning this information, we looked into possible alternative films to screen that night and discovered that replacing or cancelling the screening of The Holy Mountain would be impossible. The film’s distributor, which is not one of our regular vendors, has a formal booking process for 35mm films, which involves signing booking contracts in advance and pre-paying for the booking. Due to those contractual obligations, we were unable to cancel Holy Mountain. Furthermore, we neither had sufficient time nor funds to book an alternative screening for April 20.

The Film Board aims to bring to campus movies that will provide education and entertainment, but we also have a responsibility to program films by directors whose voices are worth championing. As a part of this duty, we must strive to showcase filmmakers who we can look up to, not those that perpetuate abuse. We can and must do better.

In the future, the Board pledges to prioritize research into the films and directors that we consider for screenings. We must be extremely mindful of the histories of the Jodorowoskys, Polanskis, and Allens of the world, and it is our responsibility to be aware of what we are endorsing, implicitly or explicitly, by screening any particular film. Additionally, several Board members will not be attending the screening of Holy Mountain in order to acknowledge our missteps in this booking. We recognize that this is only a starting point, and we welcome further feedback from the Wesleyan community as to how to handle situations like this in the future.

We again apologize for booking Holy Mountain, and we hope that you enjoy the remaining films on the calendar for this semester.

Film Series: A History of Violence

2005. USA. Dir: David Cronenberg. With Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello. 96 min.

From the director of Videodrome comes the story of a small-town everyman with a fine job and a beautiful family…until he kills a pair of would-be armed robbers. A one-eyed man comes into town asking questions about a past our hero doesn’t seem to have, and his American dream becomes a waking nightmare.

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

Film Series: Central Station

1998. Brazil/France. Dir: Walter Salles. With Fernanda Montenegro, Vini?cius de Oliveira. 113 min. 35mm print.

A stalwart orphan and a jaded former schoolteacher set out in search of the boy’s lost father – and discover untellable Brazilian splendor along the way. Shooting both urban sprawl and bucolic meadowland with abiding warmth, Salles weaves dense characterization and spiritual depth into a unique road movie.

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

Film Series: Inglorious Basterds

2009. USA. Dir: Quentin Tarantino. With Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent. 153 min.

Forget just punching Nazis! Tarantino’s ultra-violent WWII adventure is the perfect catharsis for today’s political climate. Come cheer as Lieutenant Raine’s band of “basterds” and a vengeful refugee terrorize the Third Reich. No fascist is safe.

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

Film Series: For Heaven’s Sake

1926. USA. Dir: Sam Taylor. With Har- old Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston. Approx. 80 min, including shorts. 35mm print.

When a dorky millionaire tries to pay damages on a push cart he knocked over, he somehow finds himself sponsoring a downtown mission. Shenanigans only escalate from there, climaxing with a harrying ride atop a hurtling bus. Lloyd’s masterful gag construction made this among the most popular films of the silent era.

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

Film Series: Rancho Notorious

1952. USA. Dir: Fritz Lang. With Marlene Dietrich. 89 min.

A cowboy, seeking to avenge his fiance?e’s brutal murder, infiltrates a bandit hide- out overseen by Dietrich’s tough-talking chanteuse. Her subversive and empowered heroine lends Rancho “a distinctly kinky air,” seductively embodying the brutality of the West. In true Lang fashion, the destructive setting prevails, twisting all innocence into deadly cynicism.

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

Film Series: The Salesman

2016. Iran. Dir: Asghar Farhadi. With Taraneh Alidoosti. 125 min.

A married pair of actors are forced to hastily move to a new apartment; despite their best e orts to settle in, the shadow of the previous resident’s past looms over their lives. Set against the backdrop of a Persian production of Miller’s eponymous tragedy, Farhadi’s (A Separation) Oscar-winning thriller offers a frightening exploration of intimate violence.

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

Film Series: Sans Soleil

1983. France. Dir: Chris Marker. Documentary. 100 min.

“Like a piece of sci-fi anthropology, Sans Soleil visits humanity as if from another planet.” In a fictional travelogue, ranging from an encounter with a Japanese techno-cult to distant recollections of watching Vertigo as a child, Marker tries to piece together the jigsaw of reality by exploring the insanity of memory.

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