March – April 2015
Charlotte Taylor is an experimental animator, teaching Film/Video in the rural mountains of Western North Carolina. Her research ranges from digital animation and handmade film to optical toys, and she is particularly interested in alternative forms of production and presentation.
Sissi is a 1955 Austrian film directed by Ernst Marischka and starring Romy Schneider as Sissi. The film is based on the play Sissys Brautfahrt (Sissy’s Bridal Journey) by Ernst Décsey and Gustav Holm.
Sissi is the first installment in the trilogy of films about Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who was known to her family as “Sissi”. It was followed by The Young Empress and Fateful Years of an Empress.
This first film in the trilogy follows the love story of young Sissi and the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph 1. The story follows the intrigue of the royal court, as Sissi learns that Franz Joseph is engaged to her sister, Néné.
In German with English subtitles
This is an IST Approved Event.
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela is a 2006 documentary film about a generation of men who left South Africa to form the African National Congress and spread their message across the world and were considered terrorists by the U.S. government. Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris focuses on his stepfather, Benjamin Pule Leinaeng, who was among the first ANC members to leave South Africa in 1960.
Harris is the founder and president of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. The program includes a film screening of The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela and an interview with noted filmmaker Harris.
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Two Lives (German: Zwei Leben) is a 2012 German drama film written and directed by Georg Maas, and starring Juliane Kohler, with Liv Ullmann as her mother. Set in Norway and Germany, the film explores the history of the “Lebensborn” or war children, born in Norway and raised in Germany.
As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow “war children.”
This 1987 American biographical film, written and directed by Luis Valdez and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, follows the life and career of Chicano rock and roll star Ritchie Valens until his tragic death in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959, which also took the life of Buddy Holly, an American musician, singer-songwriter and pioneer of rock and roll. That night came to be known as “The Day the Music Died”.
The Blue Angel is a 1930 German tragicomedic film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich and Kurt Gerron. It is based on Heinrich Mann’s novel Professor Unrat (“Professor Garbage”, 1905), and set in Weimar Germany. The Blue Angel presents the tragic transformation of a man from a respectable professor to a cabaret clown, and his descent into madness. The film is considered to be the first major German sound film, and brought Dietrich international fame.
The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed, with screenplay by English novelist and author Graham Greene, who was regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The plot is one of intrigue, suspense and murder in post World War II Vienna. The film is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and musical score. (Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which used only the zither; its title music “The Third Man Theme” topped the international music charts in 1950.)
Plata Quemada (Burnt Money), set in Argentina in 1965, follows the tumultuous relationship between two men who became lovers and ultimately ruthless bank robbers in a notoriously famous footnote in the annals of Argentinian crime history. It is based on Ricardo Piglia’s 1997 Planeta prize-winning novel of the same name, which was inspired by the true story of a notorious 1965 bank robbery in Buenos Aires.