Harpur  Cinema

Spring  2016  Series

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.

Where:  Lecture Hall 6

When: Fri and Sun @ 7:30pm

$4 Single Admission

For more Info call 607-777-4998

Programmer: Professor Joyce Jesionowski


Harpur Cinema Spring, 2016: Programmer’s Choice. Harpur Cinema will have new directors next time around. My last program includes some of my personal favorites as well as a selection the best of international cinema from the most current festival screens. JEJ 


2/19 & 2/21 Bellissima (Luchino Visconti, 1952, Italy) 115 min.

Anna Magnani portrays Maddalena, a poor woman, frustrated by her own limited circumstances and devalued life, who chases the dream of a glamorous film career for her “bellissima”, her most beautiful daughter. The drama is captured by Visconti with the same sensitivity to the yearnings of ordinary people with extraordinary dreams that won him international acclaim. Magnani won the Silver Ribbon, Italian Journalists, 1952 


2/26 & 2/28 The Pearl Button (Patricio Guzmán, 2015, Chile) 82 min.

“Some say water has memory...” Groundbreaking documentary filmmaker Guzmán connects the history of the nomadic Kaweskar (“Water people”) of Chile to an exploration of the immense Chilean coast. Intensely personal yet also metaphysical and panoramic, Guzmán’s film links the tragic fate of one indigenous people with the fate of all the planet’s “water people.” Won Silver Bear for best script, Berlin Film Festival 


3/4 and 3/6 Mediterranea (Jonas Carpignano, 2015, Italy) 107 min.

Two men journey from the chaos of Burkina Faso to Italy seeking a better life for themselves and their families. But the challenges of economic migration hardly end with the harrowing journey north, and the men arrive in Italy ill-equipped to face the hostility and violence they find there. Filmed with a style that portrays Ayiva’s
and Abas’ journey with immediacy and vivid realism,
Mediterranea has captured international attention.
Won: Best Debut, National Board of Review; Future Prize, Munich.
Nominated: Critics Week and Golden Camera, Cannes; Independent Spirit Awards: Best Male Lead.


3/11 & 3/13 About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009, Iran) 119 min.

It all starts with a trip to the sea-side among middle-class Iranian friends. Elly, a kindergarten teacher, disappears. What happened to her? Is anyone to blame? Asghar Farhadi whose film, The Separation, won him international acclaim, explores the strains between strict religious traditions and the modernism within Iran’s affluent, sophisticated middle class in this moody thriller about secrets and lies.
Won: Best Director, Berlin; Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca. 


3/18 & 3/20 Almayer’s Folly (Chantal Akerman, 2011, Belgium/France) 127 min. 

Harpur Cinema pays tribute to a great contemporary filmmaker who sadly died last year. Chantal Akerman’s approach was fearless and transformed both the images of female life and labor, and the art of cinema with her piercing, exacting gaze. Almayer’s Folly is based on Josef Conrad’s novel of colonialism and cultural alienation. Akerman translates this tragic clash between a disillusioned man and his rebellious daughter into a trance-like meditation on struggle for independence.


4/8 & 4/10 The Wedding Doll (Nitzan Giladi, 2015, Israel) 82 min.

Hagit is in love with love, but she is also mildly learning disabled making her fiercely protective mother fearful that her daughter will not be able to separate romantic fantasy from real life. The conflict between the daughter’s idealism and the loving tyranny of her pragmatic mother is the subject of the first fiction feature from a filmmaker who has documented many of the challenges and contradictions of life in Israel and Palestine. Screened at Toronto International Film Festival, 2015.
Won: Best First Film, Best Actress, Best Israeli Feature, Jerusalem Film Festival.
Nominated: Best Feature, London Film Festival 


4/15 & 4/17 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963, Italy) 138 min.

Fellini’s magnificent fantasia on filmmaking, sexuality, aging, creativity is often thought to be auto-biographical; we might instead say “reflexive”, or better, reflective: the world turned inside out, upside down in the cinematic mirror. Marcello Mastroianni steps in as filmmaker’s alter ego, a director faced with a production that is collapsing around him, duplicating the break up of his personal life. Shimmering dream, circus, magic act: cinema.

Won: Best Foreign Language Film: Oscar, Kinema Jumpo Awards, Moscow International Film Festival, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle. 




Last Updated: 8/25/16