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Global Cinema Classics - Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

January 16, 2012

The Weitz Center for Creativity announces a new film series featuring contemporary masterworks from around the world.  All films will be shown on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema.  Screenings are open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

The Weitz Center’s Global Cinema Series is presented in conjunction with the Department of Cinema And Media Studies and Assistant Professor Jay Beck. Special thanks to Vern Bailey, Professor Emeritus, for his generous support of The Weitz Cinema.

January 18:  PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

Peter Weir’s stunning 1975 masterpiece remains as ineffable as the unanswerable mystery at its core. A Valentine’s Day picnic at an ancient volcanic outcropping turns to disaster for the residents of Mrs. Appleyard’s school when a few young girls inexplicably vanish on Hanging Rock.

January 25:  CLOSE-UP

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves

February 1:  SHAOLIN SOCCER

Sing is a Shaolin Kung Fu practitioner who wants to spread his message to the rest of the world.  He finds his outlet in “Golden Leg” Fung’s makeshift soccer team.  The ragtag team begins as a disgrace but soon find their “Shaolin spirit” and also find themselves in the National Soccer Finals. Blending martial arts with eye-popping special effects, Shaolin Soccer showcases director and star Stephen Chow’s unique brand of slapstick humor.

February 8:  YI YI

The extraordinary, internationally embraced Yi Yi (A One and a Two . . .), directed by the late Taiwanese master Edward Yang, follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of one year, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral. Whether chronicling middle-age father NJ’s tentative flirtations with an old flame or precocious young son Yang-Yang’s attempts at capturing reality with his beloved camera, the filmmaker deftly imbues every gorgeous frame with a compassionate clarity. Warm, sprawling, and dazzling, this intimate epic is one of the undisputed masterworks of the new century.

February 15:  CITY OF GOD

This shockingly violent film shows the unbelievable poverty, greed, danger and crime in the Cidade de Deus  - a housing project started in the 60’s that became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro.  Rocket is a poor black child who takes the eye of an artist to his horrific surroundings.  He eventually becomes a professional photographer where he attempts to capture the humanity of a seemingly inhumane existence.

February 22:  JURASSIC PARK

Dinosaurs are genetically re-created for the ultimate theme park in Stephen Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel, Jurassic Park. The adventure begins in wonder and excitement for the park’s first visitors, but soon takes a suspenseful turn as the dinosaurs break out of their carefully constructed environment and begin to wreak havoc.

February 29:  LONE STAR

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town. Lone Star takes on the heady complexity of a page-turner novel as its multilayered plot unfolds, showcasing director John Sayles’ gift for assembling the best ensemble casts.

March 7:  MONSOON WEDDING

Here comes the bride… - but is she ready - in this romantic comedy from New Delhi native Mira Nair. This film is set in contemporary India where bride to be Aditi has to contend with her traditional father Lalit who loves his family dearly but does not have time for their “modern ways.” The Punjabi family travels from all over to enjoy the festivities surrounding the wedding.