“The idea of working together to present an International Film Day stems from both organizations mission to create global awareness and understanding of different cultures through the arts,” said Marilyn Cantarella, board president of the association. “We are always looking for ways to bring attention to common themes of family, friendship, coming of age, history, political conflict and moral issues shared by communities around the world. And we have done that with the line-up of films Dan Brawley, Cucalorus director, helped us select for this first international film day.”
The Queen and I 1:00pm
A 90 minute documentary by Swedish filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani.
Nahid is forced into exile after participating in the Communist faction of the Revolutionary Guard that put Khomeini in power. Iran’s deposed Queen Farah and Nahid’s sense of reality could not be more different and yet they come to like and respect one another through the making of the film. The documentary was selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and premiered on HBO2 in June.
The Country Teacher 3:15pm
This feature narrative was nominated for several awards and a New York Times Critics’ pick. It tells the story of a young, homosexual teacher who forms a friendship with a woman and her 17-year-old son in a rural village. Written and directed by Bohdan Sláma, the film is about whether the three characters will find a path to each other. We see the complexity of basic human needs unfold as the story progresses. Sláma manages to portray the topic of sexuality in a quiet, dignified way.
The Beaches of Agnes 7:30pm
A magnificent new film from the great Agnes Varda (The Gleaners and I, Cleo from 5 to 7), a richly cinematic self-portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the French New Wave. This will be the last screening of the day.
Tickets for the September 26 International Film Day can be purchased in advance at www.etix.com or the day of the event at the Jengo’s Playhouse box office, 815 Princess Street. General admission is $7.00 and (students) $5.00. Day passes are $15.00 and (students) $12.00 for all three features. For more information, visit the Sister City Association website: www.scawilmington.org or www.cucalorus.org; or call 910-343-5995.