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- Shown at International House, 10 College Park, on first and third Friday nights, Sept. - May - Sponsored by the UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF DAVIS and I-HOUSE - There is no charge, but donations are welcomed and gratefully accepted to help cover the - cost of DVD rental or purchase, facilities use, cups, plates etc. and the refreshments that are served at 7:30 p.m. Programs begin promptly at 8.

October 19, 2018  Welcome to Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns) (2016, Germany, directed by Simon Verhoeven, 116 min.)

We initially meet Nigerian refugee Diallo (Eric Kabongo), survivor of Boko Haram atrocities, at a Munich asylum center, getting ready for interviews with potential host families. He ends up with the Hartmanns: Angelika (Senta Berger), a retired teacher looking for ways to “do good,” Richard (Heiner Lauterbach), a doctor worried about preserving his youth in superficial ways, their son Philipp (Florian Fitz) and daughter Sofie (Palina Rojinski). There are many scenes of crosscultural and personal clashes (sometimes humorous), among the former a neighborhood welcome scene that is tasteless and insensitive though well-intentioned, among the latter the obvious putdowns by Dr. Hartmann of his colleague Tarek Berger (Elyas M’Barek) who ironically becomes Sofie’s love interest. The film gives far more emphasis to the many-faceted German response to the refugee crisis than to the actual causes and victims. (#436)

On November 2, 2018, Paul Grant will host a screening of the 2016 Austrian film Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden (Egon Schiele  – Tod und Mädchen), directed by Dieter Berner, 110 min. Egon

Schiele (1890 – 1918) was an important early 20th century Viennese artist and was mentored by Gustav Klimt.  His early works resembled those of Klimt, but he soon developed his own style. His explicit exploration of sexuality was disturbing to some.  In 1911, Schiele met Wally Neuzil, 17, in Vienna. They lived together, and she was a model for many of his paintings, including Death and the Maiden. (For mature audiences)

November 16, 2018  The Light Between Oceans (2016, US/UK/New Zealand, directed by Derek Cianfrance, 132 min.)

Quiet and reserved World War I trench battle veteran Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on a remote island, Janus Rock, off the Australian coast. He meets Isabel (Alicia Vikander) in the mainland town and their immediate mutual attraction leads to marriage. Their happiness is marred by two miscarriages. Then a rowboat washes ashore, containing the body of a man and a crying baby girl whom Isabel persuades Tom to raise as their own. A complex story unfolds, about love and guilt, forgiveness and redemption, the meaning of parenthood and the ramifications of difficult decisions. With Rachel Weisz as Hannah Roennfeldt and Florence Clery as Lucy-Grace. (#437)


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