Movies for your mind: The best in contemporary and classic world cinema
February 19, 2003
3 and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
The Anchorage Museum continues to showcase the best in contemporary and classic world cinema with award-winning and provocative films by some of the most daring and original filmmakers of our time. Tickets are $4 for members, $6 general admission and $5 for seniors. Foreign language films are presented in their original language with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. Films are chosen for primarily adult audiences. Unrated films may contain adult themes.
POWER AND TERROR: NOAM CHOMSKY IN OUR TIMES
74 minutes – Documentary – Not Rated
Whether Noam Chomsky, the MIT linguist and political philosopher, is "the most important intellectual alive," as the New York Times once famously called him, is open for debate. But without a doubt, Chomsky, now 73, is one of the most straight-talking and committed dissidents of our time. What emerges from the footage is a compelling portrait of the activist intellectual, who has been called the "rebel without a pause" by Bono, lead singer of the band U2. He is the most important voice of dissent in the United States today.
DON'T FENCE ME IN
55 minutes – Not Rated
A rich and beautiful film that is an exquisite and loving tribute of a daughter to her mother. Set against the broader backdrop of modern India's political and social history the film focuses on the life of the filmmaker's mother, Krishna Sikand for childhood to maturity capturing the fragmented way in which they journey in time.
THE MOTHER: MITOS MA TERNOS
65 minutes – Not Rated
A wry, self-reflective story that explores the mythical figures of the mother from multiple viewpoints - both documentary and fiction with interviews of people on the street that challenges popular beliefs about the mother's place and traditional representations of sacrifice and guilt.
EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO
Mexico, Spanish with English Subtitles, 120 minutes.
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images.
-Nominee, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, 2002
This is the story of a young priest, Father Amaro (Bernal) assigned to a church in a small village in remote Mexico, who falls in love with a teenage girl, Amelia (Talancon), who then becomes pregnant with his baby, and asks for his help in getting an abortion... Eventually, the news breaks out, and becomes a scandal that rocks the nation and the very foundations of the Roman Catholic Church.
(Documentary) switzerland, 96 min. No MPAA rating
-Nominated for Best Documentary Academy Award, 2001
The Oscar-nominated documentary film WAR PHOTOGRAPHER is a harrowing journey into the world of renowned photojournalist James Nachtwey. Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei fearlessly trails Nachtwey into the front lines of violence and human suffering in areas including Kosovo, Indonesia, and the West Bank.
May 31-June 1
Greece/France/Italy in English and Greek with English Subtitles, No
MPAA rating. 176 minutes
On the occasion of his return home for a screening, a first-generation Graeco-American filmmaker known only as "A" begins the quest of a film historian's lifetime, searching for vintage reels of film shot by two brothers recording ethnic conflicts in the Balkans. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.
(Dayereh) Iran/Switzerland/Italy in Farsi with English Subtitles, No MPAA rating, 90 min.
Banned in Iran, Jafar Panahi's THE CIRCLE is set almost entirely on the busy streets of Tehran - a place where women are restricted by numerous laws, including a repressive dress code, and can only travel accompanied by a man. Winner of an Award for Special Recognition for Freedom of Expression from the National Board of Review.
THE ADOPTED SON
(Beshkempir) Kvrgvzstan / France In Kyrgyz with English subtitles, 81 minutes. No MPAA rating
Inspired by an old custom, first-time writer/director Aktan Abdikalikov illustrates the semi- autobiographical story of a young boy named Beshkempir. This is a coming of age story and one of discovery, when Bashkempir discovers that his parents are not his biological parents. This film was produced and made in Kyrgyztan. The film has received numerous film festival awards.
Hong Kong/China in Mandarin with English subtitles, 86 minutes. Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and some language.
A gay love story set in communist China against the backdrop of the political uprising in 1989 at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, "Lan Yu" had to be filmed in secret and will never be shown commercially on mainland China. “Lan yu” won five awards, including Best Picture, at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, and has become a cultural phenomenon in China nonetheless.
France/Tunisia in Arabic and French with English subtitles, 10 minutes. No MPAA rating
A widowed Tunisian seamstress tales an unlikely journey of self-discovery in writer-director Raja Amari’s sumptuous and sensual SATIN ROUGE. While investigating a suspected liaison between her headstrong teenaged daughter and a cabaret musician, young widow Lilia becomes drawn to an exotic nightclub netherworld of Rubenesque belly dancers and nocturnal pleasure-seekers. Winner, New Director’s Showcase Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.