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
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