Join the Lifetime Learning Center for this year’s round of exceptional international films, selected by the LLC Film Selection Committee for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
All film events take place in Orringer Auditorium on the New Bern Campus of Craven Community College. Each film has two screenings on each date, at 2:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. All films are offered FREE to the public. Donations support the series. If you would like to see a preview for each of the films – please click on the corresponding film image next to each description.
Due to the variety of languages and accents represented, as well as accommodations for the hearing impaired, all films are shown with English subtitles.
Schedule of Events
Friday, September 7, 2018
Switzerland, 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother who spends her days cooking, cleaning and taking care of her husband, two sons and a vicious father-in-law. They live in the Swiss countryside where little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora’s life, too, has been unaffected; she is a retiring, quiet person, well-liked by everyone – until she considers going back to work part-time. Her husband, Hans, won’t hear of it. He jokes that, if she’s bored, he’ll just impregnate her again. Soon after she stumbles upon some activists in a neighboring town, Nora goes all in on spreading the word for women’s rights.
Friday, October 5, 2018
This is the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award® winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance. As Abdul becomes the Queen’s confidante and he gains more influence with her, the Queen’s family and staff become alarmed. This is a delightful and heartwarming story about an unusual relationship between a young man who becomes the teacher and an older, cantankerous woman who becomes the student, all surrounded by palace intrigue, power struggles and jealousy.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Javier Bardem stars in this moving film based on the true story of Ramon Sampedro, a Spaniard who is condemned to life as a quadriplegic after a diving accident. Determined to die with dignity, Sampedro leads a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life. His extraordinary example inspires his lawyer and a local woman to each reach for the heavens, with both achieving far beyond their wildest dreams. Ramon, who has been in the same bed in the same room for 26 years, has his music, his radio, his television, visitors and a window view. He does not have his freedom. He is tired of his bed, his limitations and his life. He argues his point with great conviction, aided above all by his smile.
Friday, January 4, 2019
Hotel acquisition expert and perfectionist, Lu Jin, is displeased with everything when he checks into the Rosebud Hotel. His attitude begins to change after he tastes the exquisite cooking of the hotel’s talented sous chef, Gu Shengnan. A scrawny but cute heroine, Shengnan is a Shanghai chef whose cooking can be artistic, erotic and even narrative. Her possible soul mate is Lu Jin, an imperious multimillionaire who might buy the hotel where Shengnan works. Lu Jin doesn’t like much about the place, including Shengnan, but he adores her Euro-Chinese-Japanese cuisine. They meet several times before he realizes that she is the hotel kitchen’s maestro, and each encounter is a slapstick disaster.
Friday, February 1, 2019
When the French-African couple Paul and Sali discover the longed-for baby they are about to adopt is white, family chaos and confrontation ensue. With joy, Paul and Sali adopt the baby but initially keep his ethnicity a secret from their family. On the one side, there is a social worker whose prejudice drives her surprise visits, seeking faults in the home or familial environment, and on the other is the baby’s adopted grandmother, doing what this West African mother does best – exaggerating everything! Luckily, she does this to great comic effect. This film brings to light obvious assumptions people hold about race and culture – and turns them on their head!
Friday, March 1, 2019
Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that takes him on a journey to the very heart of himself. It starts with Gregorius walking to school when he is sidetracked by a young woman standing on the rail of a bridge. He saves her from what was surely meant to be a suicidal plunge. This one act is the start of his escape from a reserved lifestyle spent in solitude. When she abruptly leaves, Gregorius realizes her story is infinitely more important than another day spent correcting essays, taking the professor on a journey to solve the mystery of the young woman and the intriguing book she leaves behind.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Looking for help in his bakery where he specializes in doriyaki pastries, Sentaro hires 76-year-old Tokue.To Sentaro’s surprise, his new employee has a unique talent for making the popular delicacy … but she’s also hiding a troubling secret. A beautiful partnership blossoms between Tokue and a needy teenage girl, Wakana, a regular customer with her own touching story. Sweet Bean is no fairy tale, and unexpected revelations add layers of emotional complexity and metaphorical suggestions. The film is a heartwarming, albeit a bittersweet, experience.
We thank this year’s film selection committee members.
- Penny Belanger
- Mary Jo Fox
- Sue Gordon
- Roy Jackson
- Joel & Nancy Kaplan
- Lucy Laurens
- Judi Lloyd
- George & Betty Orsega
- Mary Beth Seidenfield
- Rosalie Wood