Contemporary World Cinema

Thousands of films are released each year around the world, but only a very few are acquired for American distribution, and a smaller fraction still make their way to Ithaca. Cornell Cinema travels to film festivals and prescreens hundreds of titles each year to bring patrons some of the best of the fests, films that wouldn’t otherwise screen in Ithaca. This semester see Blue is the Warmest Color, the much talked about French coming-of-age love story; A Touch of Sin, a four-chaptered meditation on violence in contemporary China; Faust, an over-the-top interpretation of the Goethe tale by Russian auteur Aleksandr Sokurov; In Bloom, a coming-of-age story set in post-Soviet Georgia; and The Broken Circle Breakdown, a Belgian film ripe with bluegrass and tattoo artists. The latter is one of nine films shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Make use of this ongoing series to see the films that critics are writing about and juries are awarding, films that point to new hotbeds of national cinemas and rising international directors and actors, and as always, offer fascinating insights into global cultures. All but Blue is the Warmest Color are Ithaca premieres.

©2014 Cornell Cinema, r.haarstad