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.
My Love, Don't Cross That River
South Korea / Documentary
Thursday, August 31, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. – BTS 104
A blockbuster in its native South Korea, where it would go on to become the country’s most successful independent film of all time, My Love, Don’t Cross That River presents an unforgettable story of true love that transcends both generations and cultures. “100-year-old lovebirds,” Byong-man and Gye-Yeul Kang, have been inseparable companions for 76 years. Observing this fragile couple for 15 months, director Moyoung Jin acts as a fly-on-the-wall, capturing the tender moments of their twilight days as the two face the inevitable reality that their time together will soon be approaching an end.
Director: Mo-young Jin
"An emotionally jubilant celebration of marital love."
– Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"You will probably find yourself bawling your eyes out - without ever knowing how you got to that state - at the film's profoundly, heartbreakingly somber conclusion."
– Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"My Love, Don't Cross That River is a moving tribute to the beauties and mysteries of life and death, an exploration of how growing old gives the gift of time, but there's never enough."
– Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
Japan / Drama
Thursday, September 21, 7 p.m. – BTS 104
Easily the most difficult and challenging film ever shown in the Foreign Film Series, Martin Scorsese’s Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Performers: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Yosuke Kubozuka, Issei Ogata
"This is not the sort of film you 'like' or 'don't like.' It's a film that you experience and then live with."
– Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"The film demands to be seen. Ready yourself, choose your moment and don't make plans for afterward: This film will not leave you alone just because you've left the cinema."
– Tom Shone, Newsweek
"While many Christian films tend to convey impatience in getting their message across, Scorsese’s film is confident in its quietness and the delicate power of its images: dirty hands clasping a wooden cross, a secret church gathering to pray and take communion, a martyr looking upward to the sky and praying with his last breaths."
– Brett McCracken, Christianity Today
"With attacks on Christian communities around the world, this is a timely story that will stick as a highlight in Scorsese’s canon."
– Emily Belz, World Magazine
The Eagle Huntress
Mongolia / Documentary
Thursday, October 12, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. – BTS 104
The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a thirteen-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh famiy to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.
Director: Otto Bell
Narrator: Daisy Ridley
"The Eagle Huntress is a look into another world."
– Marie Asner, Phantom Tollbooth
"A soaring, sweet documentary that welcomes its audience into an unexpected new arena."
– Kate Erbland, Indiewire
"DOP Simon Niblett's camera seems to fly over the steppe as dozens of eagle hunters gather for the national championship where this well-loved daughter and classic sports underdog must prove herself in a stirring contest."
– Tara Brady, Irish Times