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Foreign Film Series

The Foreign Film Series provides the Cedarville community an opportunity to view interesting and challenging films from around the world. The series allows viewers to peer into often unfamiliar cultures through the eyes of the cultures themselves.

Under The Sun movie cover: red background with North Korean star

Under the Sun

North Korea/Documentary
Thursday, January 17th, 7:00 and 9:15 p.m. –BTS 104

Trailer IMDB (7.4 stars) Rotten Tomatoes (93% Fresh)

After years of negotiation, Russian director Vial Mansky was invited by the North Korean government to make a film about one girl and her family in the year she prepares to join the Children’s Union, on the "Day of the Shining Star" (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday),
"My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country," says 8-year-old Zin-mi. And so it may seem as Mansky films her in joyous, patriotic school pageants and in dance class, or with her parents, eating delicious food in their picturesque apartment.
But the government handlers supervising the production did not realize that Mansky kept filming after they had shouted "Cut!" Under the Sun is the jaw-dropping result, “surreal and sinister . . . a real-life version of The Truman Show.” –Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

Director: Vitaly Mansky

Reviews:

"[Under the Sun presents] a film about the human cost of authoritarianism
– –Steve Erickson, Nashville Scene
"There's journalistic filmmaking, and then there's what Vitaly Mansky does in Under The Sun: a feat of truth-telling so daring that watching it makes you feel like a co-conspirator."
– Norman Wilner, Toronto Sun
"I think the lessons of "Under the Sun" go far beyond the tragic and idiotic delusions of North Korea's nightmare state, and that those lessons have direct application in Mansky's country, and in ours."
 – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
"Although unintentionally funny throughout, its evocation of life in a totalitarian society is ultimately chilling. "
– Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
"The vision of such severe regimentation is shocking; Zin-mi's tears of shame and her sharply limited range of knowledge and inhibited behavior embody an outrage."
 – Richard Brody, New Yorker

The Red Turtle movie cover: Animated man on handmade raft looking at a large red sea turtle peeking above the water

The Red Turtle

France, Belgium, Japan/Animated Drama
Thursday, February 14th, 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. –BTS 104

Trailer IMDB (7.5 stars) Rotten Tomatoes (93% Fresh)

Marking the much-anticipated return of Studio Ghibli, this masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolate island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, he soon comes upon a young woman also lost at sea, and they create a family together.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Reviews:

"In its artfully drawn frames, a simple and universal story unfolds."
– Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
"A fable, beautifully drawn in calm, soothing colors, it doesn't even have dialogue, let alone a throbbing soundtrack. Those sounds you hear are the sounds of silence, and eventually they become hypnotic."
– Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
"If you want to see it as a parable, that's up to you. In all ways, the film plays its hand gently."
– Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"A thoroughly disarming fairy tale, one that initially appears familiar, but eventually reveals itself to be something new, and altogether unexpected."
– Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com
"Like Ghibli's classic films, especially Hayao Miyazaki's, it lavishes as much attention on the natural world as the creatures who inhabit it."
– Sam Adams, Slate

Anthropoid Movie Cover: Nazi Flag, men with guns, woman in city

Anthropoid

Czechoslovakia/Historical Drama
Thursday, February 28th, 7:00 and 9:45 p.m. –BTS 104

Trailer IMDB (7.2 stars) Rotten Tomatoes (70% Fresh)

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, this powerful drama stars Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan as two Czechoslovakian soldiers sent to Prague for a deadly mission: to kill Hitler’s third in command, the main architect behind the Final Solution, Reinhard Heydrich. The two men lead a group of Czech rebels in a nearly impossible mission that may strike a blow against the Nazi Party. Anthropoid is an intense, thought-provoking thriller.

Director: Sean Ellis

Performers: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones

Reviews:

"The movie builds - something infinitely preferable to a bold, brash beginning followed by a descent into anti-climax."
– James Berardinelli, ReelReviews
"It's utterly compelling, tense and exciting -- all in equal measure."
– Stephen Porzio, Film Ireland Magazine
"This is no tale of derring do but a powerful and thought-provoking salute to raw courage, filmed edge-of-the-seat-style by Ellis himself."
– Tara Brady, Irish Times
"An intelligent, tough, and gripping movie."
– Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A compelling and moving interpretation of a largely forgotten moment in European history."
– Will Lawrence
"[Anthropoid] effectively builds suspense through a stylish visual approach while capturing the pertinent moral complexities."
– Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue
"Ellis has decided that the best way to honor the exploits of these heroes is to not sugarcoat them or the evil they faced, and Anthropoid is a . . . more interesting film for it. "
– Rob Thomas, Capital Times