Global Cinema Series Brings the Best in Contemporary International Film to Carleton

February 10, 2012
By Jacob Cohn '13

An ongoing series of films at Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity is showcasing the best of contemporary cinema from around the world. The Global Cinema series, presented by the College’s Department of Cinema and Media Studies and curated by assistant professor Jay Beck, is presented Wednesday evenings during the winter term in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The Global Cinema series brings together films from a variety of nations, with each film being preceded by a short introduction by Beck. Films already shown in the series include “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (Australia, 1975), “Close-Up” (Iran, 1990), “Shaolin Soccer” (Hong Kong, 2001) and “Yi Yi: A One and a Two” (Taiwan, 2001).

The next film scheduled in the series is the Brazilian film “City of God” (2002), which will be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. The film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, is a gritty look at life in the City of God, one of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous favelas or slums. Rocket, the protagonist of the film, grows up in the City of God with dreams of becoming an artist, but finds himself trapped in the middle of an explosive drug war. The film’s frightening look at the inhumanity of the favelas (most of the actors are favela residents themselves) won it critical acclaim in Brazil and elsewhere, and it was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Upcoming films in the series include:

February 22: “Jurassic Park” (USA, 1993). Directed by Steven Spielberg. This classic film, based on the novel by Michael Crichton, describes the re-creation of dinosaurs for the ultimate theme park. Wonder turns to terror as the dinosaurs begin to break free of their enclosures and attack visitors.

February 29: “Lone Star” (USA, 1996). Directed by John Sayles. In a small town in Texas, the skeleton of the former sheriff is unearthed. In his investigation of his predecessor’s murder, the new sheriff stumbles into a complicated mystery.

March 7: “Monsoon Wedding” (India, 2001). Directed by Mira Nair. Set in modern-day India, the film follows the Verma family as they prepare for their daughter’s arranged wedding. As relatives arrive from around the world, the father’s rejection of modernity and the daughter’s secret affair cause tensions in the family.

For more information about all screenings, including disability accommodations, contact Carleton College Director of the Arts Steve Richardson at (507) 222-4389. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 Third Street East in Northfield.