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weds 24 april

BARBARA

(dir Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012, 105 min, in German w/English subtitles)

Set in East Germany in the early 1980s, Christian Petzold’s Cold War thriller exudes icy anxiety through the play of trust and doubt as a Berlin physician is torn between her desire to flee to the West and her love for a colleague (Silver Bear, Berlinale; Best Foreign Language Film nominee, 2013 Academy Awards).  Free and open to the public.

Introduction by Barton Byg, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm Amherst Cinema
28 Amity Street, Amherst MA [Maps/Directions]
amherstcinema.org

 

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BARBARA 
(dir Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012, 105 min, in German w/English subtitles)

Petzold's Barbara: anxiety, trust, and doubt as a Berlin physician is torn between her desire to flee to the West and her love for a colleague. [official site | trailer | IMDb]

about the festival

“CONTINUITIES”

Watch the trailer and see press coverage for the 2013 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival: "Continuities."

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The entertaining and provocative selection for the 20th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival headlines award-winning narrative features and documentaries from France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Spain, and the US.   We are pleased to host nine filmmakers (including three accomplished Five College alums) who will be present for discussion; a colloquium on “What’s European about European Cinema” with keynote speaker Thomas Elsaesser; several New England premieres; and two screenings in our directors’ showcase.  The Festival focuses on productions that revisit the past and interrogate the present, with special attention to European productions that highlight cultural diversity.  All films are accompanied by critical introductions by scholars and filmmakers.

Presented by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Catherine Portuges, Curator; Assistant Curators: Charissa Owens, Daniel Pope, and Barry Spence. Brochure and web design: Daniel Pope. 129 Herter Annex, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-3659, email: filmstudies@hfa.umass.edu, filmstudies.dpope@hfa.umass.edu.

Festival screenings at UMass Amherst are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings are held in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings. For full listings and up-to-date changes please consult our website at: www.umass.edu/film.

A one-credit colloquium (COMM 296F) is available to undergraduate students. UMass Amherst students may enroll through SPIRE. For information or Five College enrollment, please contact colloquium faculty supervisor Prof. Anne Ciecko, Communication, UMass Amherst, tel. (413) 545-6348, email: ciecko@comm.umass.edu.

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film festival schedule

LE BONHEUR d'ELZA
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

News: Elza wins the prestigious Paul Robeson Award for Best Film of the Diaspora at FESPACO 2013 [Indiewire "Shadow and Act"]

wednesday 6 february

ELZA

(Le bonheur d’Elza)

(dir Mariette Monpierre, France, 2011, 82 min, in French w/English subtitles)

The Festival opens with Mariette Monpierre's début feature filmed in Guadeloupe (BAFTA Choice Award and Best First Feature, Pan-African Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature, Roxbury International Film Festival). A young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent returns to her native island in search of the father she has never known. The director (a Smith alumna, '85) will be present for discussion and will speak at Smith on February 8. Co-sponsored by Smith College.

Introduction by Dawn Fulton, Smith College.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


OUR SCHOOL

(Şcoala noastră)

 dir Mona Nicoara 2011
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

wednesday 13 february

OUR SCHOOL

(Şcoala noastră / Notre école)

(dir Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma, US/Switzerland/Romania, 2011, 94 min, in Romanian w/English subtitles)

Three Roma children in a Transylvanian village participate in an initiative to integrate ethnically segregated Romanian schools in this bittersweet documentary portrait of institutionalized racism, poverty and the conflict between tradition and progress. Grand Jury Prize, SilverDocs 2012.

Introduction by Anca Luca Holden, Mt Holyoke College.

Director Mona Nicoara will be present for Q&A.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


Confidence
[official site |essay excerpt| IMDb]

 

wednesday 20 february

CONFIDENCE

(Bizalom)

(dir István Szabó, Hungary, 1979, 101 min, in Hungarian w/English subtitles)

The “Gestapo of suspicion” haunts István Szabó’s mesmerizing narrative set during the 1944 Nazi occupation in Budapest where mounting persecution forces two resistance workers to share a room as they hide from the fascist Arrow Cross. New England premiere of this new digital restoration (Best Director, Berlinale).

Introduction by Catherine Portuges, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


CHRIS MARKER
[chrismarker.org | Criterion | IMDb]

wednesday 27 february

TRIBUTE TO CHRIS MARKER

The legendary filmmaker and digital multimedia artist Chris Marker challenged audiences with  meditations on time, memory, and the pace of modern life. Two restored high-definition digital transfers screen in his memory:  LA JETÉE, a tale of time travel in still images (France, 1963, 27 min, b/w), and SANS SOLEIL (France, 1983, 103 min), his classic essay film on the passage of time. 

Introduction by Barry Spence, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


THE WILD ONES

(Els nens salvatges)
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

wednesday 6 march

THE WILD ONES

(Els nens salvatges)

(dir Patricia Ferreira, Spain, 2011, 95 min, in Catalan & Spanish w/English subtitles)

A subtle and compassionate take on bad education affecting a trio of Catalan teens, filtered through a neatly criss-crossing narrative, this engrossing drama is also an urgent cry for social change (Best Feature, Málaga Film Festival).

The director will be present for discussion with Barbara Zecchi, Jordi Dosaiguas & Eva Paris-Huesca, UMass. Co-sponsored by the 5th Catalan Film Festival & Institut Ramon Llull.

Introduction by Barbara Zecchi, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


SHUN LI AND THE POET
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

wednesday 13 march

Shun li and the poet

(Io sono Li)

(dir Andrea Segre, Italy/France, 2012, 100 min, in Chinese & Italian w/English subtitles)

Brought to Italy by a broker, Shun Li is sent from her textile factory job to work in a bar in Chioggia, a small island in the Veneto lagoon. Segre draws us into the friendship between Shun Li and a fisherman from former Yugoslavia nicknamed ‘the Poet,’ as the immigrants’ world comes into conflict with the local Italian community facing economic hardship. European Parliament’s 2012 LUX Cinema Prize for “films that illuminate debates on multilingualism and cultural diversity.”

Introduction by Antonella Sisto, Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, UMass Amherst and Smith College.

The director will be present for Q&A.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


KIDS OF SURVIVAL: THE ART AND LIFE OF TIM ROLLINS & K.O.S
[exhibitions | press]

wednesday 27 march

KIDS OF SURVIVAL: THE ART AND LIFE OF TIM ROLLINS & K.O.S.

(dir Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, USA, 1996, 87 min, in English)

This Emmy Award-winning documentary portrayal of visiting artist-in-residence Tim Rollins’s South Bronx project conveys his fierce commitment to the joys and disciplines of art. Presented in collaboration with the University Museum of Contemporary Art’s Project “Du Bois in Our Time” and as part of Tim Rollins’s residency in Springfield, Mass. schools.

Introduction by Loretta Yarlow, UMass Amherst.

Tim Rollins will be present for Q&A.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


DISRUPTION

 (Punto de quiebre)
[slideshow and trailers | official site]

wednesday 3 april

DISRUPTION

(Punto de quiebre)

(dir Pamela Yates, USA/Brazil/Peru/Colombia, 2013, approx. 100 min, in Spanish & Portuguese w/English subtitles)

We welcome back to campus Academy Award-winning UMass alumna Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis to discuss their documentary film, DISRUPTION: Can 20 million women upend a continent? Selected scenes from this exploration of feminism and human rights in Latin America will be screened, with discussion between scenes. Co-sponsored by a College of Humanities & Fine Arts Mini-Residency Grant.

Introduction by Catherine Portuges, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


NUMBERED 

(Sfurim)
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

JERUSALEM E.R.
(Yerushalayim E.R. )
(dir Hilla Medalia, Israel, 2012, 17 min, in Hebrew & Arabic w/English subtitles)

 

wednesday 10 april

NUMBERED

(Sfurim)

(dir Dana Doron, Uriel Sinai, Israel, 2012,  60 min, in Hebrew w/English subtitles)

An estimated 400,000 people were tattooed with serial numbers at Auschwitz; Doron, a young doctor and daughter of a survivor, interviews survivors as Sinai captures on camera their memories of those numbers in a testament to the enduring presence of history in individual lives.

screening with...

JERUSALEM E.R.

(Yerushalayim E.R.)

(dir Hilla Medalia, Israel, 2012, 17 min, in Hebrew & Arabic w/English subtitles)

At a hospital in the zone between the Israeli and Palestinian communities, the stories of two female ER doctors (one Jewish, one Palestinian) reflect the world outside. Director/producer Hilla Medalia may be present for discussion.

Introduction by Olga Gershenson, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


two who dared: the sharp's war
[trailer | IMDb]

 


wednesday 17 april

TWO WHO DARED: THE SHARPS’ WAR  

(dir Artemis Joukowsky III, USA, 76 min, in English)

The story of a Unitarian minister, Waitstill Sharp, and his wife Martha, who left Wellesley, Massachusetts to help save thousands being persecuted by the Nazis in Eastern Europe during World War II. Hampshire College alumnus Artemis Joukowsky will be present to discuss his documentary about his grandparents.

screening with...

YOM HASHOAH  

(dir James E. Young, USA, 1994, 4 min., no dialog)

This short piece by James Young observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day from the streets of Jerusalem. Co-sponsored by the  Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, and theYiddish Book Center.

Introduction by James Young, UMass Amherst.

7:30 Hampshire College
Kligerman-Greenspun Performance Hall, Yiddish Book Center [Maps/Directions]


BARBARA
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

wednesday 24 april

BARBARA 

(dir Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012, 105 min, in German w/English subtitles)

Set in East Germany in the early 1980s, Christian Petzold’s Cold War thriller exudes icy anxiety through the play of trust and doubt as a Berlin physician is torn between her desire to flee to the West and her love for a colleague (Silver Bear, Berlinale; Best Foreign Language Film nominee, 2013 Academy Awards).  Free and open to the public.

Introduction by Barton Byg, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm Amherst Cinema
28 Amity Street, Amherst MA [Maps/Directions]
amherstcinema.org

 

COLLOQUIUM: WHAT'S EUROPEAN ABOUT EUROPEAN CINEMA?
[official site | more]


thursday 25 april

COLLOQUIUM: WHAT'S EUROPEAN ABOUT EUROPEAN CINEMA?

Filmmakers, scholars, and film festivals have recently focused on European film as a significant entity beyond the boundaries of its national cinemas. In conjunction with our Festival screenings, the Colloquium debates transnational co-production, exhibition, and the impact of new European initiatives.

Keynote speaker:  Thomas Elsaesser, distinguished international film scholar and author of European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood.

Co-sponsored by the CHFA initiative for a Center for European Cinemas. Contact: Sky Arndt-Briggs sky@german.umass.edu.

9:30am–12:30pm UMass Amherst
301 Herter Hall

We Wish to Thank...

The festival is made possible by the generous support of many departments, programs, colleges, and individuals at UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges, and beyond. 

Major Sponsors:

UMass Amherst: College of Humanities & Fine Arts; College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; UMass Arts Council; University Museum of Contemporary Art; CHFA Initiative for a Center for European Cinemas; Graduate School.

With additional support from:

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival; 5th Catalan Film Festival & Institut Ramon Llull; Smith College; Yiddish Book Center; Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies; DEFA Film Library; Amherst Cinema; Film Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Italian Studies at Harvard University; The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.