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Global Film Series: Films


For more information about the Appalachian State University Global Film Series, contact Beth Cramer (828) 262-4967.

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Belk Library & Information Commons Presents the Global Film Series

The Global Film Series is a cooperative campus effort to provide a blend of cinema from around the world, in various languages, and representing a wide variety of cinematic genres. Based on input from students groups, faculty, and staff, we select current releases both educational and entertaining. In addition, the Global Film Series provides a platform for student groups and faculty to share their international experience, knowledge, and extracurricular opportunities through a variety of associated activities.

Global Film Series Schedule 2018

Five Fingers for Marseille
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 pm
Greenbriar Theater, Plemmons Student Union (Free Admission)

"Set in the dusty rural mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Michael Matthews’ Five Fingers for Marseilles is an original South African film, but done in the style of a classic American Western. It has garnered rave festival reviews following a well received debut at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. The story kicks off with a visit from corrupt police to the small poor town of Marseilles. Five friends are swept up in events following harassment by the officials and the policemen are killed on the road out of Marseille after arresting the female member of the group and driving away with her." 
 Bradley Gibson, Film Threat

Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 pm
Greenbriar Theater, Plemmons Student Union (Free Admission)

"​Swerving from predictable to confounding, dreamy to demented, artful to awkward, this genre-twisting hybrid from Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra links art house and slaughterhouse with unexpected success. When you drop a werewolf child into a lesbian love affair, you don’t need musical numbers to grasp that you’re watching something unique."
 Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

L'Auberge Espagnole
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:30 pm
Greenbriar Theater, Plemmons Student Union (Free Admission)

"Like ''The Real World,'' that perennial, pioneering MTV reality series, ''L'Auberge Espagnole,'' written and directed by Cédric Klapisch, zeroes in on the life-cycle dramas of the early 20's, that phase of life when, at least in the affluent nations of the West, young people have reached legal adulthood without having quite grown up. ''L'Auberge Espagnole'' presents an appealing and persuasive picture of European integration, in which national differences, which once sparked military and political conflict, are preserved because they make life sexier and more interesting.
 The New York Times

Speed Sisters
Tuesday, April 10 2018, 6:30 pm
Greenbriar Theater, Plemmons Student Union (Free Admission)

"Situated in the West Bank — and with the Israeli occupation a constantly nagging background presence — the story bounces among five young women as they navigate a sport whose judges might not be entirely neutral and whose rules can seem arbitrarily enforced. Subtly rebellious and defiantly optimistic, “Speed Sisters” masks the sound of gunshots with the roar of revving engines. For these women, driving symbolizes a freedom they can otherwise only imagine."
 New York Times

The Square
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:30 pm
Greenbriar Theater, Plemmons Student Union (Free Admission)

"Ruben Östlund is a maestro of discomfort, and The Square, which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes earlier this year, might just be his magnum opus: a two-and-a-half-hour cringe comedy about the foibles of supposed high society, unfolding as a daisy chain of exquisitely awkward episodes. This is a movie with a lot on its mind, from art to altruism to the so-called bystander effect, and it could function as a Rorschach test for its audience, reflecting viewers’ anxieties and insecurities right back at them. It’s also just really, really funny, at least for those who can find humor in humiliation."

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 pm
Greenbriar Theater, Plemmons Student Union (Free Admission)

"Popular poet and Communist Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) opposes the administration of President Gabriel González Videla and denounces his brutal anti-communist repressionin a speech in the National Congress in 1948. Threatened with arrest, he goes underground. Refusing to live the life of a fugitive, he taunts the government authorities by appearing in public venues or leaving evidence of his movements. His pursuer is the fascist Chief of the Investigations Police of Chile Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal)."

2018 Films

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Good Manners

L'auberge espagnole

Speed Sisters

The Square