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Harpur  Cinema

Fall  2016: Legacies

A collection of some of the latest ground-breaking cinema from around the world.  Screening great cinema since 1965.

It's been 50 Years! On September 21, 1965 the Department of Romance Languages in the Division of the Humanities of Harpur College made a proposal for the establishment of a Harpur Film Society.  "The purpose would be to insure a continuous program of films at Harpur selected on the grounds of their artistic merit rather than their audience appeal or commercial value."By 1983, the Film Society was under the direction of the Cinema Department and on September 23, 2015 we open the 50th Anniversary season of what has become Harpur Cinema, carrying forward the mission to bring to campus past and future classics of international, independent and archival cinema.

Harpur Cinema seeks to bring to campus a range of significant films that in most cases would not be available to local audiences. Our program is international in scope, emphasizing foreign and independent films, as well as important films from the historical archive. All foreign films are shown in their original language with English subtitles.

Where:  Lecture Hall 6

When: Fri and Sun @ 7:30pm

$4 Single Admission

For more Info call 607-777-4998

Programmers:  Alexandra Cuesta – Tomonari Nishikawa – Chantal Rodais

 

OCT. 7 & 9 – Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz – Israel / France / Germany – 2014 – 116 min.

Harpur Cinema launches its Fall 2016 series with an homage to the Israeli actress and director, Ronit Elkabetz who passed away last April. Co-written and co-directed with her brother, the film is the last installment of a trilogy that focuses on the experiences of a woman struggling through the roles society imposes on her. With Elkabetz’s intense and brilliant acting (often compared to Anna Magnani’s) and with its claustrophobic mise-en-scène, the film documents the painful process Viviane, trapped in a loveless marriage, goes through to obtain a divorce. The result is an uncompromising and heart-rending portrait, alternating between scathing drama and bitter comedy, that draws the viewer in.

Won: Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award, Jerusalem, Oslo, San Sebastián Film Festivals (Best Picture); Hamburg Film Festival, Asian Pacific Screen Award (Best Actress). Nominated: Golden Globes.

 

 

OCT. 14 & 16 – The Prison in Twelve Landscapes – Brett Story – Canada – 2016 – 90 min.

A vivid, unsentimental, and artfully made film about the prison system in the United States. Composed of 12 vignettes, this documentary unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes, and explores an assortment of stories and places, which suggest the prison-industrial complex as an ever-growing part of American life.

The film premiered in 2016 and has screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Film Society’s Art of The Real, among many others.

 

Oct. 21 & 23 – Laurence Anyways – Xavier Dolan – Canada / France – 2012 – 160 min.

When her boyfriend Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) decides to transition to woman, Fred (Suzanne Clément) believes that their love for each other can handle the life-changing decision. In his third film, the 23-year old filmmaker Xavier Dolan takes his viewers on an epic journey over 10 years, as the couple fluctuate between their love and their personal desire. A dazzling experience, the film is “a baroque flight, with a taste for Kitsch and the flickering of queer aesthetics, a dramatic narrative at once short circuited and intensified by an omnipresent eclectic musical flow, as well as an inspired and fearless melodrama” (Le Monde). A breathtaking, defiant, moving and intimate cinematic mural.

Won: Cannes Film Festival: Queer Palm (Best Director) & Un Certain Regard (Best Actress); Hamburg Film Festival (Best Director); Lumière Awards & Toronto International Film Festival (Best Picture).

 

Oct. 28 & 30 – The Wind Will Carry Us – Abbas Kiarostami – Iran / France – 1999 – 118 min.

Harpur Cinema pays tribute to the great contemporary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who sadly passed away this year. The multi-award winning Iranian director was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. “A modern mystic, both in his cinema and his private life.” The Wind Will Carry Us continues his quest in portraying simple yet complex narratives. The film poetically interprets the larger issues of life and death, while telling the story of a simple man who returns to his rural village to keep vigil for a dying relative. Winner of the Grand Special Jury Prize Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

 

Nov. 4 & 6 – Horse Money – Pedro Costa – Portugal – 2014 – 103 min.

The Portuguese filmmaker, Pedro Costa, returns with a visually fascinating film about memories and suffering of an elderly immigrant, living and working abroad far from his homeland, wandering his life and situation in the past, present, and future. The film was premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it won the Best Direction Award, and received the Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (Grand Prize) at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

 

Nov. 11 & 13 – Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo – South Korea – 2015 – 121 min.

Through two possible circumstances in two parts, South Korean filmmaker and screenwriter, Hong Sang-soo, portrays dramas of a man, who is a film director, meeting a beautiful young painter in Suwon, South Korea, where he is visiting to show one of his films. The film received the Golden Leopard (Grand Prize) at the Locarno International Film Festival, as well as Best Actor for Jung Jae-young.

 

 

Last Updated: 10/23/16