Film Descriptions

WINTER-SPRING 2018 DAVIDSON FILM CLUB SCREENINGS

JANUARY 20

LOOK WHO’S BACK

Directed by  David Wnendt (Germany, in German w/English subtitles), 2015, 1h56)

Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century, in uniform and thinking that World War II is still going on. He is quickly disabused (“What, Poland is free?!”), and everyone thinks that he is an actor impersonating Hitler. He quickly gains media attention as a comic figure, but his political message (strangely familiar in today’s world) begins to draw supporters. . . .

FEBRUARY 10

TALK TO HER

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain, in Spanish w/English subtitles), 2002, 1h54.

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works as a nurse. Lydia, Marco’s girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. Benigno is himself looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present, and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny.

*MARCH 17 LOCAL STUDENT FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE

*This event is free for Davidson Film Club member-subscribers, $6 for walk-ins.

The program will feature the best short films made during the past and current year by students from UNC-Charlotte, the North Carolina School of the Arts film program (Winston-Salem), and Davidson College. The students will present their films and participate in discussion afterwards.

APRIL 14

EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN

Directed by Ang Lee (Taiwan, in Mandarin w/English subtitles), 1994, 2h04.

This drama centers upon the relationships within a Taipei family. The father is a master chef who’s lost his sense of taste but is still revered and consulted in the culinary community. Since the death of his wife, he lives among his three grown daughters, all of whom really want to get on with their own lives. The film focuses on the ritual of an elaborate dinner each Sunday and on the love lives of all the family members—all of them.

MAY 12

ELLE

Directed by Paul Verhoeven (France, in French w/English subtitles), 2016, 2h10.

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. One evening she is sexually assaulted in her home by an unknown assailant, changing her life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a bizarre and dangerous game—a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

JUNE 16

INCENDIES

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Canada, in French, Arabic, and English w/English subtitles), 2011, 2h10.

A pair of twins make a life-altering discovery following the death of their mother. Upon learning that their absentee father is still very much alive, and that they also have a brother they have never met, the pair travels to the Middle East on a mission to uncover the truth about their mystery-shrouded past. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars, and enduring love.