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.
A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war in a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WWII. Throughout his struggle to handle the emotional challenges of his captivity, he also battles his marital relationship. This adversity does not lessen his wifes resolve to ensure that he finds peace.
Language: English | Japanese , Rated R – 116 min, Country: Australia | UK | Switzerland
This film depicts the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake and the complicated events that followed. Li Yuanni must choose which of her twin children will be saved after being trapped under a fallen building. The one left to die, Fang Deng, a girl, actually does survive, is adopted and later searches for her birth mother. Years later, and in the midst of another earthquake, Fang Deng is reunited with her twin brother, Fang Da. Together they visit their mother and face the emotional issues that separated them and that have now brought them together.
Language: Mandarin, Not Rated – 135 min, Country: China
Jacob, the manager of an orphanage in India is summoned to Copenhagen, Denmark to accept funding to rebuild and repair the orphanage. The corporation making this offering is run by a man named Jorgen, who has ulterior motives for making the financial gesture. Once Jacob arrives, Jorgen requests Jacob attend his daughters wedding where Jacob learns a life-altering family secret. Jacob is angered by the deceit and as he prepares to leave, Jorgen stalls providing him with the promised funds for the orphanage. Jorgen offers Jacob a challenging set of circumstances he must reconcile with his conscience.
Language: Danish | Swedish | English | Hindi, Rated R – 120 min, Country: Denmark | Sweden | UK | Norway
During WWII, an intense engagement in the air leads to both a German and a British aircraft crash landing in the harsh Norwegian wilderness. After walking through a winter storm, the German soldiers find shelter in an abandoned cabin. Soon the British pilot and gunner show up seeking refuge in the same cabin. The Germans take the British hostage, but as the fear, friction and tenseness subside, they realize the only way to survive is to take shelter together. Putting the rules of engagement aside, they learn to cooperate, and as a result, develop an unlikely friendship. This film was inspired by and loosely based on real-life events.
Language: English | Norwegian | German, Rated R – 104 min, Country: Norway | Sweden
(United Kingdom) 2014
Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Britain. The story depicts the innocence of youth, love and dreams that are tragically thrown into the reality of war. Vera, her brother Edward and Veras fiancé, Roland, share an upper class life rarely touched by events out of their control. When Britain declares war on Germany in 1914, everything changes. As they fight to deal with the realities of this first world war, Veras experience is perhaps most profound in that there have been few stories that recount a womans perspective. She fights the war but also the prejudices and preconceived ideas about herself and the motives of one from such a privileged background.
Language: English, Rated PG-13 – 129 min, Country: United Kingdom
Alexandre is a celebrity chef and host of a TV cooking show that has found his reputation dwindling due to his old-fashioned culinary style. His three-star flagship restaurant has been taken over by a greedy new owner intent on cutting costs and modernizing the cuisine. With the knowledge of a loophole in Alexandres contract that he can be fired if the restaurant loses a star, the new owner sets about sabotaging the kitchen. Meanwhile the hapless Jacky, a fervent disciple of Alexandres finds his own culinary career floundering. Although not without their conflicts the pair overcome their difficulties and attempt to modernize the old-school recipes.
Language: French | Spanish | Japanese | English, PG-13 – 84 min , Country: France | Spain
Determined to disprove the common belief that he brings bad luck to everyone around him, an outcast Laotian boy Ahlo builds a giant rocket with the intention of participating in the lucrative but very dangerous competition at The Rocket Festival. This Laos-set film balances crowd pleasing fantasy with a rich sense of place. Australian director Kim Mordaunt was a former documentarian who spent a lot of time in Laos, and the film benefits from someone so intimate with the country. The setting is one of tradition, natural beauty, superstition, corruption and class conflict. Ahlo is fiercely determined to fight the odds in a war ravaged country and in so doing guides his family to safety and changes his future.
Language: Lao, Not Rated, Country: Laos | Australia
We thank this year’s film selection committee members. They are:
- Mary Jo Fox
- Roy Jackson
- Olwen Jarvis
- Joel & Nancy Kaplan
- George & Betty Orsega
- Mary Beth Seidenfield
- Rosalie Wood