A series of eight foreign films will be presented at Coastal Carolina University during the 2007 - 2008 academic year. The movies will be shown in the Waccamaw Higher Education Center in Litchfield at 2 p.m. and in Coastal's Wall Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. They are free and open the public.
The series is sponsored by Coastal's Office of Student Activities and Leadership and Coastal Productions Board. For more information, call 349-2301.
Sept. 6 - "Nobody Knows"
Four children are orphaned after the sudden disappearance of their single mother. The resilient siblings try their best to carry on, but when they are forced to engage in the outside world, the fragile balance that has sustained their world collapses. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Japan • 2004 • 141 mins • color • In Japanese with English subtitles
Oct. 4 - "Free Zone"
Natalie Portman plays Rebecca, a Jewish-American visitor to Israel. Shattered by a recent personal crisis, she tags along with her Israeli driver Hanna on a business trip across Jordan. The journey takes them to a vast, customs-free area known as the Free-Zone, where people buy and sell merchandise. An Arab woman named Leila warily agrees to guide them. Directed by Amos Gitai.
Israel/France • 2005 • 90 mins • color • In English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Nov. 1 - "Eternity and a Day"
On the last day in his life a famous poet named Alexandre wanders through Thessaloniki, haunted by visions of his past. A chance encounter with a young Albanian refugee draws him back to the present. Directed by Theo Angelopoulos.
Greece • 1999 • 130 mins • color • In Greek with English subtitles
Dec. 3 - "The Son"
A story about a carpentry teacher whose life has fallen apart since the death of his child. A sullen teenager named Francis arrives to apprentice at his school, and suspicion surrounds the teacher when he shows interest in the teen. Directed by Dardenne Brothers.
Belgium • 2002 • 103 mins • color • In French with English subtitles
Jan. 24 - "Moolaadé"
Four young girls face ritual "purification in a small African village." They flee to the household of Collè Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from mutilation. Collè invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives. Tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collè against village traditionalists. Directed by Ousame Sembene.
Africa • 2004 • 124 mins • color • In Jula and French with English subtitles
Feb. 7 - "Saraband"
A sequel to Bergman's 1973 masterpiece, "Scenes from a Marriage." This film reunites Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson in their unforgettable roles as Marianne and Johan. Directed by Ingmar Bergman.
Sweden • 2003 • 107 mins • color • In Swedish with English subtitles
Mar. 6 - "The Princess and the Warrior"
A mystical modern-day romance about Sissi, a mental hospital nurse who leads an isolated life until fate puts her on a collision course with Bodo, a handsome but troubled small time thief. Directed by Tom Tykwer.
Germany • 2000 • 130 mins • color • In German with English subtitles
Apr. 10 - "The Italian"
The film follows the life of a 5-year-old who is adopted by an Italian family living in Russia. Despite being adopted, the boy still longs to find his mother. Directed by Vyacheslav Krishtofovich.
Ukraine/France • 1998 • 90 mins • color • In Russian with English subtitles
Coastal offers the only regular screenings of foreign language films in the area. Call 349-2301 for more information.