New foreign language movies (February / March 2009)

March 30, 2009 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Dear all,

Over the past month, documentaries and movies in various languages have been recorded from SBS.   These programmes are available in the Self Study room (Rm 222, Brennan MacCallum building) should you wish to view them.



Chinese

Springtime in a Small Town


Set in 1946, after the war with Japan, Liyan and his wife Yuwen live a quiet life in a small town. Liyan is in poor health, they sleep in separate rooms, and Yuwen is bored. One day Liyan’s old classmate Zhichen, who is now a doctor living in Shanghai, comes to visit. When he arrives, he realises that his friend Liyan has married his childhood sweetheart. Yuwen still loves Zhichen and feels stuck in her marriage. Can a stifling atmosphere of Chinese Chekhov give way to spring? Alcohol at a birthday party speeds a resolution. Winner of San Marco Prize at Venice Film Festival.

Jingfan Hu, Jun Wu, Bai Qing Xin
(2002)  (China/Mandarin)  Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian
PG  Romance  120 mins


German

Inspector Rex (weekly series, 7.35-8.30 Thursdays)

Miscellaneous

Operation Valkyrie: The Stauffenberg Plot To Kill Hitler

This is the definitive film on Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and the ‘Valkyrie’ conspiracy to assassinate Hitler on 20th July, 1944. Produced in collaboration with the official German Foundation dedicated to the memory of the conspirators, it features testimonials and eyewitness accounts from all of the aristocratic families involved in the plot, including the last living conspirator to escape Hitler’s wrath, and Maria Countess von Stauffenberg who knew Claus all her life.  The film also features leading scholars and historians on the conspiracy such as Prof. Peter Hoffmann, author of the biography Stauffenberg, and Prof. Ian Kershaw, renowned World War II scholar.

(2008)  USA  Director: Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Documentary  76 minutes


Yolngu Boy

A drama about the coming of age of three Aboriginal boys who inhabit two cultures at once: traditional Aboriginal culture from north-east Arnhem land and Western culture. Botj, Lorrpu and Milika are three Yolngu teenagers who once shared a dream of becoming great hunters together. Now aged 14, only Lorrpu still cares about their dream and he can see that their paths are diverging. Botj is a lost soul in trouble with the law and Milika is more interested in football and girls than traditional culture.

Sean Mununggurr, John Sebastian Pilakui
(2001)  Australia  Director: Stephen Johnson
M  L,A  Drama  95 mins  Repeat  *CC*

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