University Film Series

$3 donation appreciated, Tuesdays, 7:30pm in the Little Theatre (Ayres 106)

Director: Troy Jollimore

Phone: 530-898-5122


* The Humanities Center’s theme for this year is “Food and Culture.”

Sep. 02 *Babetteā€™s Feast

(Denmark, 1987) 102 min. Directed by Gabriel Axel.
Introduced by Brunella Windsor, International Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Babette’s Feast is the first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Stephane Audran plays Babette, a French refugee seeking shelter from the counter-revolutionary bloodshed in Paris. She comes to a small Danish town and becomes a housekeeper for Philippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martina (Birgitte Federspiel), the two elderly daughters of the town’s deceased minister. Babette holds a secret that may be the key to the two elderly sisters’ second chance at life.

Sep. 09 *Delicatessen

(France, 1991) 99 min. Directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Introduced by Troy Jollimore, Philosophy.

Set in a post-apocalyptic France where food is scarce and grain is used as currency, this black comedy takes place in an apartment complex that is popular for the landlord’s uncanny ability to acquire excellent cuts of meat, a rare delicacy.

Special Event

Sep. 16Instruments of Change

(USA, 2013) 57 min.
A special event with guest director, Steve Waxman and Ruth Greenfield.

Instruments of Change is one hour documentary film by Steve Waxman showcasing how the performing arts integrated a community and helped revitalize downtown Miami. The film was commissioned by longtime admirers of Ruth Greenfield to honor her dedication for making Miami a better place to live. The film chronicles two institutions started by longtime Miami resident Ruth Greenfield. The first is the Fine Arts Conservatory which was established in the early 1950s to integrate black and white students in a welcoming environment that taught music, art and dance. The second, the Lunchtime Lively Arts Series, featured a wide variety of free noontime shows held in various downtown venues every Wednesday. The series, hosted by Miami Dade College, ran from 1972–1992 and sparked a renaissance for a declining downtown.

Sep. 23 *Jiro Dreams of Sushi

(USA, 2011) 81 minutes. Directed by David Gelb.
Introduced by Clara Bergamini.

A 2011 American documentary film about Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi chef and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, considered by many to be the greatest sushi restaurant in the world. The film follows Jiro on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi, and depicts his two sons as they face the decision whether to follow in their father’s foosteps.

Sep. 30Rivers and Tides

(Germany, 2001) 90 min. Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer.
Introduced by Rachel Middleman, Art and Art History.

A documentary about Andy Goldsworthy, who creates intricate and impermanent sculptures made from natural materials such as rocks, leaves, flowers and even icicles. Winner of the “Best Documentary” awards of the San Diego Film Critics Society and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Oct. 07The Great Beauty

(France, Italy 2013) 142 minutes. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Introduced by Fulvio Orsitto, International Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The Great Beauty or “Le Grande Bellezza” is an Italian film about Jep Gambardella, an aging socialite who wrote a famous novel in his twenties that allowed him to spend the rest of his life writing cultural columns and traversing the lavish nightlife of Rome. The Great Beauty won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category.

Oct. 14 *Eat Drink Man Woman

(Taiwan, 1994) 124 min. Directed by Ang Lee.
Introduced by Laura Nice, Humanities.

Eat Drink Man Woman follows the lives of a Chinese family that consists of three sisters: Jia-Chien, Jia-Jen, and Jia-Ning, and their widowed father, Master Chef Chu. Every Sunday, Chef Chu lovingly cooks a lavish dinner for his three daughters. These dinners, which are used as a kind of family forum, act as centerpieces for the film’s exploration of ethnic and sexual conflicts in a Chinese family. This film was the first of director Ang Lee’s films to be both a critical and box office success. In 1994, the film received the Asia Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Film, and in 1995 it received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Oct. 21Wings of Desire

(Germany and France, 1987) 127 min. Directed by Wim Wenders.
Introduced by Heather Altfeld, Honors Program.

Wings of Desire follows Damiel and Cassiel, two angels who have been given the task of watching over the city of Berlin. They drift through the city unseen, listening to people’s thoughts, watching their actions and studying their lives. They can only make their presence felt in small ways and so spend their days serenely observing, knowing none of the pain and joy that defines humanity. That is until Damiel wanders into a circus where he stumbles upon Marion, a lonely circus trapeze artist.

Oct. 21 *Big Night

(USA 1996) 107 min. Directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci.
Introduced by Brunella Windsor, International Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

In this witty drama set in the 1950s, two brothers from Abruzzo, Italy struggle to keep their restaurant afloat on the New Jersey Shore. Primo (Tony Shalhoub) is an ingenious chef who resents their customers’ tendency to expect him to produce “Americanized” Italian food. Secondo (Stanley Tucci), is the restaurant manager and is enamored with the possibilities presented by their new life in America. Scott and Tucci won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best New Director.