The Lifetime Learning Center at Craven Community College is pleased to present Explorations: The International Film Series for 2019-20. This year’s international film selections will be presented monthly from September to November and January to April.
Each film has two show times, a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening screening at 7:30 p.m. and take place in Orringer Auditorium on the New Bern Campus. All films are presented with original sound and language, featuring English subtitles. The public is welcome and admission is free! This series is made possible in part by a gift from our corporate sponsors, Signature Wealth Strategies, Jon Tait, CFP and Ashley Martin-Irizarry Wealth Advisor, RJFS. Donations at the door are appreciated and directly support the international film series.
Explorations: The International Film Series 2019-20
Schedule of Events
We open this year’s series on Friday, September 13, with a comedy from India.
September 13, 2019
An entertaing film from India with two senior citizens – in fact one a centenarian – as the protagonists of the story. At 102-years-old, Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan) wants to live on for at least 16 more years to break the world’s age record set by a Chinese man and become the oldest man alive. Fed up with his 75-year-old son’s surly ways, he enjoys forcing him to take on embarrassing dares by threatening that he will send the son off to an old age home if he doesn’t take on the challenges he throws at him and live life to the fullest. View the movie trailer.
October 4, 2019
Abraham is an 88-year-old retired tailor who has a promise to fulfil. At the end of the Second World War, a friend saved him from death and he swore to return one day to meet him again. Seven decades later, feeling that he is already a hindrance to his family and that his destiny will be as a geriatric, Abraham decides that it is time to face his fears. He decides on an epic adventure: to cross half of Europe to meet his senior friend in Poland. He sets off and, with the help of some characters he meets along the way, changes his way of seeing the world. With warm strokes, director Pablo Solarz manages to tell a story that is tender and emotional. View the movie trailer
October 18, 2019
Frida chronicles the life that Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a very bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.
This film was directed by Julie Taymor and stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated portrayal as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera. The movie was adapted by Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas and unofficially by Edward Norton from the book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Makeup and Best Original Score among six other nominations. (This film is shown as a prelude to the LLC day trip to see Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism, a special exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of ART, Raleigh, Tuesday, November 9, 2019). View the movie trailer.
November 1, 2019
Beto works as a Ranger in the isolated Peninsula Valdes’ National Park (Chubut, Argentina). The peace of his days watching sea life ends after the arrival of Lola, a mother from Spain who has brought along her autistic 11-year-old son, Tristán. They are looking for Beto, whom they saw in a documentary film about whales. Desperate, Lola asks Beto to create a therapy for Tristán, hoping that his isolation caused by the autism can be overcome. Beto agrees to help Tristán, sailing by boat along the coast to meet orcas. As days go by, Tristán starts to slowly express emotions. Beto’s boss creates a challenge when he tries to fire him because he has broken the rules by engaging with the orcas. View the movie trailer.
January 10, 2020
When police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. View the movie trailer.
February 7, 2020
When a young woman and professional pianist moves into the apartment next to a grumpy and antisocial inventor of complicated board games, the new neighbors find themselves feeling as though their lives have become a living nightmare. With the walls as thin as a sheet of paper, neither of them can avoid listening to what the other is doing and they soon do everything they can to annoy each other. After reaching a common agreement and establishing a schedule so as not to interrupt the other’s activities, they soon develop an unusual relationship in which they spend every day together, talking but keeping their identities secret and never revealing their names. View the movie trailer.
March 6, 2020
Fanny and her sisters attempt to escape Nazi occupied France but face many dangers ahead of them. Based on a true story, this is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fears no one. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible to reach the Swiss border and freedom. View the movie trailer.
April 3, 2020
Japanese master director Hirokazu Koreeda contrasts the frigid emotions of socially correct behavior with the warmth and happiness of a dishonest lower-class Tokyo family, in which money is tight and all methods of obtaining it are permissible, including teaching the children to steal. Who better than Koreeda, a director who whispers instead of shouts, to capture contradictions and issues through a subtle style of storytelling. This film is a thoughtful addition to his parables about happy and unhappy families, studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead the viewer to reflect on societal values. View the movie trailer.
We thank this year’s film selection committee members.
- Penny Belanger
- Mary Jo Fox
- Sue Gordon
- Jim Gruenbaum
- Lucy Laurens
- Judi Lloyd
- Betty Orsega
- George Orsega
- Peggy Reynolds
- Mary Beth Seidenfield
- Patty Toth