The International Club at Coastal Carolina University is sponsoring an international film festival Nov. 4 to 8 on campus. The nine films, which will be shown in Coastal's Wall Auditorium, are free and open to the public. Donations to the American Red Cross to aid the continuing relief effort in New York and Washington, D.C., will be accepted.
For more information, contact Coastal's Office of International Programs at 349-2054.
- Sunday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. - Romper Stomper
Geoffrey Wright's chilling debut film is a harrowing examination of violence and terror among neo-Nazi skinheads in contemporary Australia. Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie) escapes her abusive father and falls in with a perverse band of racist skinheads. Initially she's drawn to the group's leader, played by Russell Crowe in a gripping performance that earned him the Australian Film Institute's award for Best Actor.
- Sunday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m. - Leila
An affluent and attractive Iranian couple has their new marriage disturbed by tradition when the wife discovers she can't conceive. Her meddlesome mother-in-law convinces the upset young woman that her husband must take a second wife in order to produce an heir. The wife agrees to assist in the search for a mate for her husband, carrying her tormented emotions with her as the nature of the couple's relationship is forever altered.
- Monday, Nov. 5, 9 p.m. - Night on Earth
Jim Jarmusch's film is structured episodically, with the narrative simultaneously unfolding in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome and Helsinki, and concerns the relationship of cab drivers and their passengers. The ensemble cast includes Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Rosie Perez, Giancarlo Esposito, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, Isaach de Bankole, Roberto Benigni, Matti Pellonpaa and Kari Vaananen. Tom Waits composed the music and performs two numbers.
- Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. - The Cup
The Cup is based on the true story of a couple of newcomers to a Buddhist monastery who also happen to be fanatical soccer lovers. Shortly after arriving at the Tibetan monastery (in exile in India), the young monks start plotting how to see the World Cup finals, and sneaking out of their disciplined confines is not out of the question. This funny and touching look at young men torn between the spiritual and secular worlds is the first film by Khyentse Norbu, who is one of the most important incarnate lamas of Tibetan Buddhism, recognized as the reincarnation of the 19th century Buddhist saint. In Bhutanese with English subtitles.
- Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9 p.m. - The Sweet Hereafter
Following a tragic school bus accident, high-profile lawyer Mitchell Stephens (Ian Holm) descends upon a small town, with promises of retribution and a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the community. But as his investigation into the quiet town begins, Stephens uncovers a tangled web of lies, deceit and forbidden desires that mirrors his own troubled personal life. Gradually, we learn that Stephens has his own agenda, and that everyone has secrets to keep.
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. - Children of Nature
Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, Children of Nature is an enchanting love story about an elderly farmer, now in an old-age home, who is reunited with his childhood sweetheart. Together, they rekindle the passion of their youth and set off on an incredible adventure. Icelandic with English subtitles.
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9 p.m. - Dreams of Hind and Camilia
Two women attempt to break free from the brutality and hopelessness of their impoverished lives in Cairo. The women, housemaids abused by their employers and male family members, decide to make new lives for themselves. In Arabic with English subtitles.
- Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. - Microcosmos
This revealing, shocking and fascinating look at the mysterious world of insects through the miracle of microphotography mesmerized audiences at Cannes. Watch as these fantastic creatures struggle with nature's most urgent issues.
- Thursday, Nov. 8, 9 p.m. - Danzon
This sensual, exuberant work by the gifted Mexican director Maria Novaro tells the story of Julia (Maria Rojo), a 40-year-old telephone operator and single mother whose emotional life consists of ballroom dancing. When her dancing partner disappears, Julia undertakes a grueling odyssey to locate him. Her search takes
her on an extraordinary inner voyage. With Carmen Salinas, Blanca Guerra and Tito Vasconcelos. Spanish with English subtitles.