About the International Film Series
The International Film Series started in February 2011 as way to involve the Media Resources Department of the Weinberg Memorial Library in the life of our students, faculty and the community. Each month during the Fall and Spring Semesters an award-winning film from the Media Resources Collection is shown and discussed. Faculty members lend their expertise by leading the discussions and everyone is encouraged to participate.
Comedies and dramas from many countries including Great Britain, Italy, Columbia, Canada and Germany have been shown. This web page will offer information about the upcoming film and the most recent films shown.
Admission to the films is free, but reservations are required. Please contact Sharon Finnerty at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to be added to the International Film Series email list.
- Corpo Celeste
The International Film Series presents the Italian drama Corpo Celeste at 7 p.m. on Friday April 12, 2013 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Dr. Marzia Caporale will lead a discussion following the film.
Adolescence is a time of change, challenge, and transformation. The Italian coming-of-age drama Corpo Celeste portrays 13-year-old Marta facing the trials of youth as a newcomer to Calabria, Italy after living 10 years in Switzerland. With a mother trying to make ends meet by working at a bakery, Marta sets off into the city bright-eyed and restless. She seeks a community in the local church where she prepares for the rite of confirmation. Despite her hope, she soon realizes the hypocrisy of the priest and the misplaced morality of the local community. Through these interactions, Marta realizes she must take the first step in shaping her own life, as she climbs towards adulthood.
Corpo Celeste is the writing and directing debut of Alice Rohrwachers, and is in Italian with English subtitles. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.
- I am David
Photo courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures
Can a young boy survive in the free world after escaping from a Communist concentration camp with few belongings and limited instructions?
This is the challenge for 12 year-old David as he travels across Europe attempting to reach safety and discover his true identity. Adapted from Anne Holm’s novel North to Freedom, I Am David takes us on a remarkable journey.
Join us for a free showing of I Am David on Thursday February 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Mr. Neil Grimes, Reference Librarian, will lead a discussion following the film.
Directed by Paul Feig, this inspirational drama is in English.
Please contact Sharon Finnerty at sharon.finnerty@ scranton.edu or (570) 941-6330 for reservations.
- A Trip to the Moon
Were you enchanted by the 2011 silent film The Artist? Did you find your imagination sparked by the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret or the Academy Award winning film Hugo? Then The International Film Series’ presentation of the 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon is for you!
A Trip to the Moon is considered a timeless masterpiece of French filmmaker George Méliès. The film tells the story of an expedition of astronomers to the moon and the mysteries they discover. The Extraordinary Voyage, which gives a behind the scenes account of the making of A Trip to the Moon and its restoration, will also be shown.
Make your own expedition to Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library at 7:00 PM on Thursday November 15, 2012 for this free screening. Professor Kevin Norris will lead a discussion following the film.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. The film is open to the University community and the public. Seating is limited so contact Sharon Finnerty at (570) 941-6330 or email@example.com for reservations. English subtitles are provided for the French language portions of the film.
- Viva Cuba
Join us for a presentation of the Cuban drama Viva Cuba at 7 p.m. Thursday October 25, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Dr. Yamile Silva will lead a discussion following the film.
Viva Cuba is described by Film Movement as a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet. The friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malú is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother, a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malú and Jorgito.
Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, Viva Cuba is in Spanish with English subtitles.
This film was chosen in conjunction with the Scranton Reads: One City, One Book project and is open to the University community and the public.
- Desk Set
It’s 1957 and computers are just being introduced into the corporate world. When a consultant arrives at the Federal Broadcasting Company and starts asking questions, everyone feels threatened – especially the Reference Department. Will the “electronic brain” make the staff redundant?
Join us for Desk Set on Friday September 21, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library, and see if man, woman or machine is superior! Free show (including popcorn) at 7 p.m.
This classic American comedy stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in their eighth film together and is presented by the International Film Series (formerly the Foreign Film Series). Jean Lenville, Assistant Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library, will lead a discussion following the film.
- King of Devil's Island
Join us for a presentation of the Norwegian thriller King of Devil’s Island at 7 p.m. Friday May 4, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Dr. Kathryn Meier and Professor Mark Meier will lead a discussion following the film.
Described by Film Movement as the true story of the infamous Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway, the movie begins with the arrival of seventeen-year-old Erling, a rumored murderer. He clashes with the island facility's governor (Stellan Skarsgård), who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment are the only methods that can turn the boys into honorable members of society. Erling slowly rouses the rest of the boys out of their resigned existence, and encourages them to fight to lift their spirits. When tragedy falls at the hand of the cruel dorm master, Erling leads his comrades in a courageous and vicious rebellion that will bring them head to head with the Norwegian Army.
Directed by Marius Holst King of Devil’s Island is in Norwegian with English subtitles.
The Mexican drama Alamar will be presented by the Foreign Film Series at 7 p.m. on Friday March 23, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Professor Kevin Norris will lead a discussion after the film.
Film Movement describes this beautifully scenic film as the story of a father and son. Jorge has only a few weeks with his five-year-old son Natan before Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a fisherman's life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea.
Directed by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, this award winning film is in Spanish and Italian with English subtitles
- Four Minutes
The award-winning German drama Four Minutes will be presented by the Foreign Film Series at 7 p.m. on Friday February 10, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Dr. Monika Moyrer will lead a discussion following the film.
Four Minutes tells the story of two very different women: Jenny, a convicted killer with enormous musical talent and Traude, an aging music teacher at the women’s prison who is grooming Jenny to perform in a prestigious piano competition. With powerful performances from Hannah Herzsprung as Jenny and Monica Bleibtreu as Traude, Four Minutes is an unforgettable film.
Directed by Chris Kraus, Four Minutes is in German with English subtitles.
- The Colors of the Mountain
The Foreign Film Series will present the Columbian drama The Colors of the Mountain at 7 p.m. Friday December 2, 2011 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Dr. Yamile Silva will lead a discussion following the film.
The Colors of the Mountain is a film about a boy’s desire to play soccer in an area surrounded by war. The boy, Manuel lives with his parents, who are hard-working farmers, in a remote, mountainous region of the Columbian countryside, according to Film Movement. As military forces square of against rebels in a civil war, Manuel and his friend Julian try to play soccer as much as possible.
Manuel received a soccer ball for his birthday, but a few days later the ball gets kicked into a minefield. Not wanting to lose a huge part of their lives, Manuel, Julian and their albino friend, Poca Luz, embark on a journey to find the precious soccer ball.
This award winning film is directed by Carlos Cesar Arbelaez and is played in Spanish with English subtitles.
- Helena from the Wedding
The Foreign Film Series goes domestic this month with the presentation of the American dramatic comedy Helena from the Wedding on Friday November 18, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Professor Sheli McHugh will lead a discussion following the film.
Written and directed by Joseph Infantolino, Helena from the Wedding is described by Film Movement as the story of Alex (Lee Tergesen) and Alice (Melanie Lynskey) who are hosting a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the mountains. But when the other couples arrive in various states of discord, their hopes for a relaxing weekend are quickly thrown out the window. The tensions in the cabin are compounded when Alice's friends bring along a surprise guest - the very young and very beautiful Helena (Gillian Jacobs). As the New Year creeps closer and closer, Alex and Alice must keep the evening from spiraling out of control.