Contemporary European Cinema (Fall 2017)
All films will be shown in the THX-certified Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus and will be preceded by a ten-minute introduction by a visiting film expert or member of the Notre Dame community.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ND/SMC faculty/staff, and $4 for students/children at 574-631-2800, or visit performingarts.nd.edu.
FALL 2017 - LONGING
Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by François Ozon
Introduced by Anthony Monta, associate director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“A richly imagined and superbly assembled period piece.” - The Hollywood Reporter
Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent), a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks.
Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalkerenvelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.
THE FORGOTTEN ARMY (2017)
Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Signe Astrup
As the Berlin Wall was falling in November 1989, the army of the GDR was quickly becoming superfluous and its deterioration soon followed. Therefore the soldiers, who until then had been in the service of the GDR, became unnecessary. But today, 25 years later, they are still among us and a part of our society.
The film reflects the history of the GDR’s military and the impact it still has today. How do the former soldiers deal with their own history? A history that left such a substantial mark on German society?
Friday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Chico Pereira
Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión (“Sparrow”), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the US, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacle of shipping a donkey, Manolo’s chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión’s fear of water are just a few matters to take care of. As their adventure continues, Manolo’s wondrous friendship with his animals finds a beautiful equilibrium. Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is, and not as it should be?