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.
Thursday, September 6, 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. – BTS 104
Kedi is about the beloved street cats of Istanbul who have roamed the metropolis freely for thousands of years. Wandering in and out of people's lives, these feline friends have impacted residents in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. These cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.
Director: Ceyda Torun
Performers: Domhnall Gleeson, Margo Robbie, Will Tilston
"The delightful Kedi portrays a complex city founded on history and tradition, and surrounded by goodwill, magnificence, and fragility."
– Tomris Laffly, Film School Rejects
"If all you know of cats is what you see on Facebook, you will be amazed by Kedi. If what you know about cats comes from your resident feline, you will be soothed and assured by Kedi."
– Martha K. Baker, KDHX, St. Louis
"The enchanting Turkish documentary Kedi works triple time as a nature documentary, a travelogue, and a meditation on the human-animal bond."
– Kathy Fennessy, The Stranger
"A cat's-eye view of the world that showcases both the warm-hearted people of this ancient Turkish city and the seamless integration of its felines into everyday life."
– Kathryn Laskaris, Toronto Star
"Caring for one another and caring for animals may seem like a small thing, but Torun's affectionate portrait of these cats--and the people who love them--makes it seem like the most important thing in the world."
– Sheila O’Malley
Afghanistan / Drama (Animated)
Thursday, September 27, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. – BTS 104
Hailed as "the best animated feature of 2017" (IndieWire) and "nothing short of exceptional" (Variety), The Breadwinner is an inspiring and vibrantly animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times. Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom – and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.
Director: Nora Twomey
"This is a day-to-day survival story that stirs the heart and fires the imagination."
– Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
"The animation is expressive, as lush and detailed as tapestry. Harsh landscapes shimmer with beauty, even when littered with the bones of landmines and abandoned tanks."
– Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"In its power and its beauty, The Breadwinner reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children."
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It directly confronts the misogyny and chauvinism of contemporary Afghanistan, while powerfully suggesting that storytelling is both a means of coping and a solution for change."
– Peter Debruge, Variety
"The Breadwinner is a glorious demonstration of the power of myth to deal with brutal reality, and the power of truth to animate myth."
– Steve Pond, The Wrap
Thursday, November 1, 7:00 and 9:45 p.m. – BTS 104
Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman gives a "towering performance" (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) in acclaimed director Joe Wright's soaring drama Darkest Hour. As Hitler's forces storm across the European landscape and close in on the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill (Oldman) is elected the new Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move, and King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) skeptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead his nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat ever seen. Also starring Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James, Darkest Hour is a powerful, inspirational drama.
Director: Joe Wright
Performers: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James
"Darkest Hour is a one man show for Oldman. And what a show it is."
– Adam Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Oldman brings a wicked wit and compassionate heart to the role, one for which he seems almost superhumanly suited for - and that's really saying something, consider how many great actors have played Churchill."
– Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Darkest Hour reminds us that some things - such as honor and freedom - are worth fighting for."
– Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Dispatch
"As a portrait of leadership at its most brilliant, thoughtful and morally courageous, "Darkest Hour" is the movie we need right now."
– Ann Hornaday, Washington Post