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Arts & Ideas Committee

Dr. Linda Vaden-Goad
Dr. Lisa Eck
Movement and Migration Series Chair

Robert Alter
Brian Bishop
Dominique Bourdon
Dr. Sarah Cole
Mark Evans
Millie Gonzalez
Jonathan Lee
Bonnie Mitchell
Robin Robinson
Ben Trapanick

NEW THIS YEAR - Film screenings and discussions will be held in the Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street in Framingham, at 7 p.m. 

*Free admission for FSU Faculty and Staff with ID. The cost is $9.00 for Amazing Things members, $5.00 for seniors and $12.00 for general admission.

Submitted by Dr. Arthur Nolletti, Jr., Professor Emeritus, FSU.

September 25, 2013.  LORE (Germany/Australia/United Kingdom, 2012). Director Cate Shortland's powerful film focuses on five German children who undertake a 500-mile journey to safety when they are left on their own, following the arrest of their parents by Allied forces at the end of WWII.  Praised for its subtlety, rich characterizations, and fresh perspective on defeated Germany, it boasts a stunning performance by Saskia Rosendahl, as "Lore," the oldest child.  In German with English subtitles. 109 minutes.

October 30, 2013.  ELENA (Russia/France/US/Japan, 2011).  Director Andrei Zvyagintsev's morally complex film centers on Elena, a former nurse in her fifties, who finds herself caught between her wealthy, business tycoon husband and her demanding slacker son and his family. A haunting examination of a corrupt society in which even family becomes tainted, the film not only boasts a towering performance by Nadejda Markina in the title role, but also demonstrates why Zvyagintsev is one of today's finest directors.  In Russian with English subtitles. 109 minutes.

November 20, 2013. 11 FLOWERS (Wo 11; China/France, 2011). Set during the last days of the infamous Cultural Revolution, Director Wang Xiaoshuai's delicate, often richly comic coming-of-age drama is told from the point of view of an eleven year old boy, whose life is changed when he encounters a fugitive on the run. Impressive in its evocation of time and place, this film is universal in its depiction of the struggles and aspirations that make us human. In Mandarin and Shanghainese with English subtitles. 115 minutes.

April 16, 2014.  FAREWELL, MY QUEEN (Les Adieux a la Reine; France/ Spain, 2012). A must for fans of Downton Abbey, Director Benoît Jacquot's historic drama is set in the last days of the French royalty in Versailles and focuses on the relationship between Queen Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger in an excellent performance) and her personal reader and devoted servant (Lea Seydoux). Both intimate and spectacular, this drama offers a wholly original view of the French Revolution. In French with English subtitles. 99 minutes.

May 21, 2014. THE OTHER SON (Le Fils de l'Autre; 2012). Director Lorraine Lévy uses a familiar plot device--the accidental switching of infants at birth--to look at the Middle East conflict in new and imaginative ways.  Here one of the individuals is Israeli; the other is Palestinian; both are nearly eighteen years old and on the brink of manhood. Avoiding platitudes or special pleading, the film shows how people with different political and religious beliefs can find common ground. In French, Hebrew, Arabic, and English with English subtitles. 105 minutes.

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