Great Foreign Films All Summer

Chevy Chase Library

Great Foreign Films All Summer

This summer we will have film showings of some truly wonderful foreign films each Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.  You won't want to miss a single one:

June 25 — Divided We Fall
Czech Republic 2000, 2 hours, PG-13
A Prague couple hide a Jewish man in their apartment after Nazis take over Czechoslovakia … and then a Nazi officer asks to stay in their apartment.

July 2—Shower
China 1999, 92 minutes, Rated PG-13
A touching tale of an elderly bath house owner and his sons, who struggle to deal with the modernization of Beijing.

July 9 — Moliere
France 2007, 2 hours, Rated PG-13
Fictitious comedy about Moliere being hired to teach a wealthy man how to impress a younger woman.

July 16 — The Color of Paradise
Iran 1999, 90 minutes, Rated PG
A stunningly beautiful tale about the relationship between a blind boy and his selfish father who does not want him.

July 23 — Tulpan
Kazakhstan 2008, 100 minutes. Not Rated.
A Kazakh sheep herder must find a wife in order to get a herd of sheep of his own.  But there is only one unmarried woman in the region, Tulpan, who has no interest in marrying him. This movie is a genuine treat to see.

July 30 — The Barbarian Invasions
Canada 2003, 99 minutes, Rated R
Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003. A provocative look at the many ties that bind a group of friends and lovers. Few movies even try to grapple with morality or the state of our culture, let alone with this kind of intelligence and grace.

August 6 — Central Station
Brazil 1998, 113 minutes, Rated R
Garnering Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film and Best Actress, this touching Brazilian drama follows a young boy whose mother is killed near Rio de Janeiro's Central Station. Befriended by an elderly newsstand owner, the pair set out on a difficult journey into the country's remote Northeast region to find the boy's father.

August 13 — “12”
Russia 2007, 159 minutes, PG-13
12 jurors struggle to decide the fate of a Chechen teenager, who allegedly killed his Russian stepfather after he took the teenager to live with him in Moscow during the Chechen War that took the teen's parents. The jurors, including a racist taxi-driver, a suspicious doctor, a vacillating TV producer, a Holocaust survivor, a musician and a cemetery manager, represent the fragmented society of modern-day Russia.

Aug. 20 — The Secret in Their Eyes
Argentina 2009, 129 minutes, Rated R
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film of 2010.

August 27 — Walk on Water
Israel 2004, 103 minutes, Rated R
A Mossad agent’s wife commits suicide, so he is assigned less stressful duty watching two Germans whose grandfather (a Nazi war criminal) may still be alive.  Based on a true story.

Sept. 10 — Like Stars on Earth
India 2007, 165 minutes, Rated PG
A little boy can’t seem to keep up in school, so his parents send him off to a boarding school.  There he meets a teacher who may have the key to helping him succeed in school.  A lively and beautiful film.
Sept. 17 — The Lives of Others
Germany 2006, 137 minutes, Rated R
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film of 2007.