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Notes from the IFS Desk

Pablo Kjølseth, Fall 2016

The IFS turned 75 this year! It was a treat to spend the summer perusing the archives to see the changes the program has gone through over all these years. Change is inevitable, and anyone holding this calendar will notice a big change in layout strategy. We’ve abandoned the week-by-week grid in favor of a calendar that now goes show-by-show. This allows us to include the First Person Cinema and Celebrating Stan events with the regular IFS programming in one layout. This semester’s calendar also begins a bit earlier (with a Sneak Preview of Derek Cianfrance’s latest film, The Light Between Oceans, on August 30th), and ends later (with offerings into December).

In addition, we’ve partnered with several other departments and programs here on campus for C.U. at the Movies. These are movies that various faculty members across campus have either selected or supported, with each giving special introductions before the show.

I’d also like to thank the Japan Foundation and  The Tourneés Festival for their program inclusions.

On the topic of inevitable change, please look closely at the latest IFS parking map to best plan out your evening of movie-watching. Euclid Autopark will be unavailable in the fall due to construction, but there are still free parking options that are a small walk away, or pay options that land you even closer.

CU At the Movies

C.U. at the Movies is made possible in part by funding from the CU Boulder College of Arts and Sciences and support from the following departments:

  • Film Studies Program
  • Humanities Program
  • English Department
  • Center for Asian Studies
  • French Department
  • Department of German & Slavic Languages

The Tourneés Festival

The Tourneés Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.

  • Francofonia
  • Jauja
  • Far from Men
  • Reality
  • Phantom Boy
  • Pierrot le Fou

Japan Foundation

Screenings of these films made possible by generous support from The Japan Foundation and the Center for Asian Studies at CU Boulder.

  • Cinema Kabuki
  • Last Life in the Unvierse

Now Showing

  Muenzinger Auditorium7:30 only  

Far from Men

Far from Men

Hosted by Brian Quinn, Department of French and Italian

The Tourneés Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.

Here we have an odd, yet affecting adaptation of the Albert Camus short story The Guest, reimagined as a classic western set in northern Africa, of all places.

A refined anchoring performance from the famously gymnastic linguist Viggo Mortensen (speaking fluent French and Arabic here) is the trump card played by this stylish production.

The ever-charismatic American leading man plays Daru, an Algerian soldier-turned-schoolteacher who must take a man accused of murder on a journey to face trial in a nearby town.

Daru’s charge goes by the name of Mohamed (Reda Kateb, a face who will be most familiar to fans of Zero Dark Thirty). Though seemingly resigned to an unpleasant fate, Mohamed is not the kind of man to let a travesty like simple bad luck get the better of him.

The unusual bond that develops between Daru and Mohamed could have come off as rather corny, were it not for the beautifully synced performances of the two actors playing them.

Evocative cinematography and a suitably restrained score by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave also maintain a strong connection with viewers at those times where dialogue all but disappears from the film.

Perhaps the first existential “buddy movie” ever committed to celluloid, but in no way the obscure or emotionally remote experience many who know of Camus’ work might have thought.

— Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun

Far from Men

Free show!

Showing at Muenzinger Auditorium

France, 2014, in French [w/ Eng Subtitles], Color, 101 min, 2.35 : 1

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Coming soon to the IFS

Chevalier

Muenzinger Auditorium Chevalier 
 Sep 29 

Celebrating Stan

Atlas 100 Celebrating Stan 
 Oct 2 

First Person Cinema: Jennifer Reeves

VAC Basement Auditorium (1B20) First Person Cinema: Jennifer Reeves 
 Oct 3 

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