University Film Series

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre (Ayres 106)
$3 donation appreciated

Director: Rob Davidson
Phone: 530-898-6372
E-mail: rgdavidson@csuchico.edu

Aug. 29The Way

(USA, 2010) 128 minutes. Directed by Emilio Estevez.  Introduced by Corey Sparks, English.

An American doctor (Martin Sheen) arrives in France to identify the body of his son (Emilio Estevez), and ends up making the journey along the Camino de Santiago that his son failed to complete. 

Sep. 05Bus 174

(Brazil, 2002) 150 minutes. Directed by José Padilha.  Introduced by Nathan Heggins Bryant, English and Humanities.

The documentary Bus 174 explores a bus hijacking on June 12, 2000 in a wealthy section of Rio de Janeiro.  The film is “wrenching and absorbing” and “has the force of tragedy and the depth of first-rate investigative journalism.” (A. O. Scott, New York Times)

Sep. 12Grave of the Fireflies

(Japan, 1988)  89 minutes.  Directed by Isao Takahata.  Introduced by Nathan Heggins Bryant, English and Humanities.

An animated war film from Studio Ghibli which tells the story of two young siblings and their efforts to survive during the final days of World War II.  Grave of the Fireflies “is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times)

Sep. 19Embrace of the Serpent

(Colombia, 2015) 125 minutes.  Directed by Ciro Guerra.  Introduced by Heather Altfeld-Fisher, English and Honors Program.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Embrace of the Serpent features Karamakate, a warrior shaman and the last of his tribe in two stories set thirty years apart.  An “extraordinary, hypnotic work” as “seen from the perspective of indigenous Amazonian tribespeople.”  (Mark Kermode, Guardian)

Sep. 26The Trip

(UK, 2010) 112 minutes.  Directed by Michael Winterbottom.  Introduced by Joshua Moss, Media Arts, Design and Technology.

A British mockumentary which follows two actors, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, on a food-tasting road trip across England which tests the limits of their friendship. 

Oct. 03Nebraska

(USA, 2013) 114 minutes.  Directed by Alexander Payne.  Introduced by Troy Jollimore, Philosophy.

 Nominated for six academy awards as well as the Cannes Film Festival’s Palm d’Or, Nebraska centers on the elderly Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) who wants to make the trip from Billings to Lincoln Nebraska because he thinks he has won a million dollars in a mail sweepstakes. Terrific supporting performances, led by June Squibb and Will Forte.

Oct. 10El Norte

(UK/USA, 1983) 139 minutes.  Directed by Gregory Nava.  Introduced by Hannah Burdette, International Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

El Norte follows the struggles of siblings Enrique and Rosa as they leave Guatemala in search of a better life - traveling through Mexico before arriving in the United States.  “A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival.” (Criterion Collection)

Oct. 17The Legend of Leigh Bowery

(USA, 2002) 83 minutes.  Directed by Charles Atlas.  Introduced by Lauren Ruth, Art and Art History.

Documentary on the life of Australian-born gay icon Leigh Bowery, one of the most “celebrated ‘human spectacles’ in the underground art community, a fashionista force with the carnival community of junk culture.”  The film reveals “one of the most moving and pained portrayals of a misunderstood malcontent every produced.”  (Bill Gibron, PopMatters)

Oct. 24Fruitvale Station

(USA, 2013) 85 minutes.  Directed by Ryan Coogler.  Introduced by Nathan Heggins Bryant, English and Humanities.

Fruitvale Station imagines the last day of Oscar Grant’s life, a 22-year-old African American (powerfully played by Michael B. Jordan) killed in a subway station in Oakland, California by a white Bay Area Rapid Transit officer in 2009.  Coogler’s film “is a gut punch of a movie.  By standing in solidarity with Oscar, it becomes an unstoppable cinematic force.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

Oct. 31Rabbit-Proof Fence

(Australia, 2002) 93 minutes.  Directed by Phillip Noyce.  Introduced by Laura Nice, Humanities.

The film follows three young Aboriginal girls, part of the Stolen Generation, as they escape the Moore River Native Settlement and attempt to find their way home. A “breathtaking story of defiance and triumph that has to be considered one of the year’s most sublime films.” (Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle)

Nov. 07The Sheltering Sky

(UK/Italy, 1990) 138 minutes.  Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.  Introduced by Heather Altfeld-Fisher, English and Honors Program.

An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Paul Bowles, the film follows an unhappy American couple (played by John Malkovich and Debra Winger) and their friend as they travel through North Africa shortly after World War II.    

Nov. 14A Passage to India

(UK, 1984) 163 minutes.  Directed by David Lean.  Introduced by Laird Easton, History.

Based on E. M. Forster’s novel set in colonial India, an Indian doctor is accused of raping an Englishwoman.  Lean’s film “though vast in physical scale and set against a tumultuous Indian background, is also intimate, funny and moving”  (Vincent Canby, New York Times)

Nov. 28O Brother, Where Art Thou?

(USA, 2000) 107 minutes.  Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.  Introduced by Troy Jollimore, Philosophy.

The Coen Brothers retell Homer’s story of Odysseus’ long journey.  Set in Depression-era Mississippi, Ulysses Everett McGill and two sidekicks escape from prison and encounter a variety of obstacles on their way home.  “Confidently cinematic in classical and modern terms” O Brother, Where Art Thou? has “more witty lines and bits of visual imagination than a dozen regular movies.” (Kim Newman, Empire

Dec. 05Borat

(UK/USA, 2006) 84 minutes.  Directed by Larry Charles.  Introduced by Joshua Moss, Media Arts, Design and Technology.

 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a mockumentry that follows Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat Sagdiyev on a journey through America.  Borat is “a film so funny, so breathtakingly offensive, so suicidally discourteous, that strictly speaking it shouldn’t be legal at all.” (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)