“Global Flicks,” a festival of six award-winning international films, will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to March 14, in the Playhouse Theatre of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.
Now in its 22nd year, “Global Flicks” is co-sponsored by COD’s Academic Affairs office (Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad) and the McAninch Arts Center.
The films will be shown at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion of the film and its subject matter.
For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org/shows-events/global-flicks/.
• Feb. 7: “The Salesman” (Iran) directed by Asghar Farhadi. Forced to leave their collapsing house, Ranaa and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware of the fact that the previous tenant had been a woman of ill repute having may clients, they settle down. By a nasty turn of events one of the clients pays a visit to the apartment one night while Ranaa is alone at home taking a bath. The aftermath turns the peaceful life of the couple upside down. (124 min.)
• Feb. 14: “Like Cotton Twines” (Ghana) directed by Leila Djansi. An American volunteer takes a teaching job in a remote African village where he meets Tuigi, a 13-year-old girl who is to become Trokosi, a practice of religious sexual slavery. Accepting of her fate, Tuigi’s only desire is to be able to write her GED. (96 min.)
• Feb. 21: “Monsoon” (India) directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, “Monsoon’ is a documentary exploration of chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers. The subject is monsoon, the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unified the immense and varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion-plus inhabitants. (108 min.)
• Feb. 28: “Sweet Bean” (Japan) directed by Naomi Kawase. This movie tells the story of a man who bakes pastries for a living, selling them in a streetside shop that he does not own. Struggling with his past, he is unhappy. One of his few friends is a schoolgirl, who herself is troubled by a difficult relationship with her mother. One day, an elderly woman appears and a beautiful friendship blossoms between the three of the, enriching all of their lives. (113 min.)
• March 7: “Neruda” (Chile) directed by Pablo Larrain. An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive n his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. (107 min.)
• March 14: “Sarah’s Key” (France) directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942. (111 min.)
Source: Daily Herald