Truman State University

2010 International Film Festival

Wednesdays September 8 to November 17, 2010

 

All films screened at the Downtown Cinema 8 at 6:30 or 6:45 pm

Admission is free

 

September 8

El secreto de sus ojos (Secret in Their Eyes) 6:30 PM

Benjamin Esposito has spent his entire working life as a criminal court employee. Recently retired and with time on his hands, he decides to write a novel. He does not decide to make up a story. There is no need to. He can draw on his own past as a civil servant for a true, moving and tragic story in which he was once very directly involved. In 1974, his court was assigned an investigation into the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman.

At the scene of the crime, Esposito sees the result of the young woman's rape and murder first hand. He meets Ricardo Morales, who had married the girl a short time before and worshipped her body and soul. Moved by Ricardo's grief, Esposito tries to help him find the culprit despite having to contend with the apathy and ineptitude of the police and legal system. He knows that for help he can count on Sandoval, an underling at the office yet a close friend, who occasionally seeks release from the routine of his existence by drinking himself unconscious. He can also turn to Irene, his immediate superior and secretary of the court, with whom he is secretly deeply in love, although there is no hope that she will ever love him.

The search for the murderer is anything but simple. No clues remain at the scene of the crime and Esposito must rely on guesswork and his own instincts to make any progress. Furthermore, Argentina in 1974 is not a peaceful place. It is a perfect backdrop for the violence, hate, revenge and death that rule people's lives and fates.

To this ever more hostile and dark setting, Esposito's investigation takes him deep into a world of terrible violence. No longer an observer, he becomes an unwilling central character in a drama in which he is exposed to ever-greater danger.

But it is not only the young Esposito of 1974 who is swept along by the storm of events, for that storm also envelops the present-day Esposito, the ld would-be writer, and sets him adrift. By deciding to revive and relive his memories, he has set in motion the wheels of the terrible mechanism of memory. And those memories are neither innocent, neutral nor aseptic. Esposito writes, and as he does so, relives a past that rises up before his eyes and awakens all his demons: particularly those involving his past decisions, uncertainties and irreparable mistakes. Argetina and Spain, 2009, 129 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Juan José Campanella. Trailer.

 

September 15

Ricky 6:45 PM

From the imagination of Francois Ozon (UNDER THE SAND, SWIMMING POOL) comes RICKY, a magical and mysterious tale that blends magic-realism and an affecting tale of family. When Katie, an ordinary woman, meets Paco, an ordinary man, they fall in love. After starting a life together, something truly extraordinary is added to the mix: a baby called Ricky. This miraculous creature brings the young family challenges no parent could be prepared for France and Italy,  2008, 90 minutes. Directed by François Ozon  . Trailer

 

September 22

Parlez-moi de la pluie (Let it Rain) 6:45 PM
From the celebrated director of LOOK AT ME and THE TASTE OF OTHERS, Agnes Jaoui, comes LET IT RAIN, an endlessly charming and a sharp-witted battle of the sexes. An audience favorite at the New York Film Festival, this charismatic comedy is un-missable for fans of French cinema everywhere.

Agathe Villanova (Jaoui) is a self-centered, workaholic feminist politician who, upon reluctantly returning to her home in the south of France to sort out her mother’s affairs, runs for an local election. Upon her arrival, Agathe grudgingly agrees to take part in a documentary being made by the blundering duo of Karim (Jamel Debbouze, AMELIE) an aspiring filmmaker, and self-professed "reporter" Michel (Jaoui’s regular writing partner Jen-Pierre Bacri), on the subject of “successful women." As Agathe's life hilariously unravels, the camera is there to capture it all. France, 2008. 128 minutes. Directed by Agnès Jaoui. Trailer.

 

September 29

Ajami 6:45 PM

A powerful crime drama set on the streets of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood – a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians – and told through the eyes of a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants: a young Israeli (Shakir Kabaha) fighting a criminal vendetta against his family, a Palestinian refugee (Ibrahim Frege) working illegally to finance a life-saving surgery, a Jewish police detective (Eran Naim) obsessed with finding his missing brother, and an affluent Palestinian (Scandar Copti) dreaming of a future with his Jewish girlfriend. As their stories intersect – and the film’s narrative shifts back and forth in time – we witness a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.  Israel, 2009. 120 minutes. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. Directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani. Trailer.

 

October 6

Los viajes del viento (The Wind Journeys) 6:45 PM

 

For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo travelled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture. Hardened by a life of solitude, Ignacio tries to discourage Fermín from following in his footsteps, but destiny has different plans for them. Columbia, Netherlands, Argentina, and Germany, 2009, 120 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles, Directed by Ciro Guerral. Trailer.

 

Postponed until

October 20

Män som hator kvinnor (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) 6:30 PM

 

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. Sweden, 2009. 152 minutes. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Trailer.

 

October 27

Un homme qui crie   (A Screaming Man) 6:45 PM

Adam, a 60-something former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of civil war. Rebel forces attack the government while the authorities demand the population to contribute to the "war effort," with money or volunteers old enough to fight. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret. Chad, France, Belgium, 2010, 92  minutes. In French and Arabic with English subtitles, Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.  Trailer.

November 3

Alamar(To the Sea) 6:45 PM

Jorge has only a few weeks with his five-year-old son Natan before he 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. Mexico, 2009, 73 minutes. In Spanish and Italian with English subtitles, Directed by Pedro González-Rubio. Trailer.

 

November 10

Le père de mes enfants (Father of My Children) 6:45 PM

 

Grégoire, a Parisian film producer, has it all — a beautiful wife, three adorable daughters, wealth and a buzzing career. On the surface he seems invincible, maintaining humor and charm as he tirelessly juggles the demands of his production company with his family's needs. But when Grégoire's reserves — both financial and emotional — reach a dramatic breaking point, his family's love and resilience is tested. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and featured at the Toronto and London Film Festivals, THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN is an extraordinarily
perceptive new drama from emerging young talent Mia Hansen-Love, and a deeply moving portrait of family in tumult. France 2009. 110 minutes. Directed by Mia Hansen-Love.  Trailer.

 

November 17 Gigante (Giant) 6:45 PM

Jara is a shy and lonely 35-year-old security guard at a supermarket on the outskirts of Montevideo. He works the night shift, monitoring the surveillance cameras of the entire building. One night Jara discovers Julia, a 25-year-old cleaning woman, through one of the cameras and is immediately attracted to her. Night after night, he watches her on the cameras while she works. Soon he starts following her after work: to the cinema, the beach and even to a date with another man. Jara's life becomes a series of routines and rituals around Julia, but eventually he finds himself at a crossroad and must decide whether to give up his obsession or confront it.  Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, and Spain 2009.In Spanish with English subtitles. 85 minutes. Directed by Adrián Biniez. Trailer.

 

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