UArts, Philadelphia Film Society Present 'Passport to World Cinema' Series

Monthly program to feature the past year's strongest films from around the globe

January 18, 2013

The School of Film at the University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) are proud to present "Passport to World Cinema," a monthly film series featuring a handpicked selection of the past year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the screenings – shown on 35mm film – will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur.

The University's ongoing partnership with PFS, now in its second year, encourages cinematic discussion and film education among local students and audiences via contemporary masterpieces.

The "Passport to World Cinema" series kicks off on January 31 with "4SOME" by renowned Czech director Jan Hrebejk. Meta Mazaj, senior lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead a post-screening discussion.

Screenings are $5 for the general public and free to both University of the Arts ID holders and Philadelphia Film Society members. All screenings will be held in the University's Levitt Auditorium at Gershman Hall (401 South Broad Street).

January 31, 7:30 p.m.
4SOME (formerly titled "The Holy Quaternity")
Czech Republic, 2012
Director: Jan Hrebejk

Film Summary:
Two middle-aged couples rekindle their passions while on an erotic spouse-swapping vacation in this hilarious sex comedy from renowned Czech director Jan Hrebejk ("Divided We Fall," "Kawasaki's Rose").

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Presenter Bio: Meta Mazaj is a senior lecturer in Cinema Studies at Penn. She has published on critical theory, Balkan cinema, new European cinema, film and nationalism. She is the author of National and Cynicism in Post 1990s Balkan Cinema (VDM Verlag, 2008), which examines the relationship between film and nationalism in contemporary Balkan cinema, and is the co-author, with Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White, of Critical Visions in Film Theory: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Bedford/ St. Martin's, 2011). She is currently working on a book about contemporary world cinema. Her teaching and research interests include film theory and history, film and nationalism, film and philosophy, and world cinema. Her recent courses include Film History, Film Methods and Analysis, Film Theory, Contemporary Transnational Cinema, Cinema of the Balkans, Cinema and Popular Memory, Masters of European Cinema, American Independent Cinema, and Film Festivals.

February 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Fifth Season
France/Belgium/Netherlands, 2012
Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

Film Summary:
Belgian directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth ("Khadak," "Antiplano"), true visionaries of surrealistic cinema, tell a bleak and beautiful tale of a small village where spring refuses to come, halting the harvest at a standstill and creating chaos among the residents.

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March 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Angels' Share
U.K./France/Belgium/Italy, 2012
Director: Ken Loach

Film Summary:
A working-class hooligan and father-to-be sees a chance to turn his life of petty crime around when his community service officer opens him up to the world of whiskey distillery in this crowd-pleasing new film from PFS alum Ken Loach ("Looking For Eric").

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April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Stories We Tell
Canada, 2012
Director: Sarah Polley

Film Summary
: Actress turned director Sarah Polley ("Away From Her," "Take This Waltz") returns with a documentary that examines the deep-seated secrets that run through her family. Told with plenty of humor and heart, this critical hit is sure to strike a chord with anyone who has ever uncovered a family truth.

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May 16, 7:30 p.m.
Our Children
Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland, 2012
Director: Joachim Lafosse

Film Summary:
A hit at last year's Cannes Film Festival and widely hailed by critics as the best undistributed film of 2012, director Joachim Lafosse's tragic, heartrending character study follows a housewife who begins to suffocate under the psychological pressures of trying to simultaneously please her husband, his overbearing live-in father and their children.

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