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FALL 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014 @7:20pm in TUR 2334

German filmmaker Ula Stöckl, film screening of The Cat has Nine Lives (Neun Leben hat die Katze, 1968)
Filmmaker Ula Stöckl will screen The Cat has Nine Lives (Neun Leben hat die Katze, 1968, with subtitles) with Introduction and Q&A as part of Barbara Mennel's graduate seminar on New German Cinema. The screening is open to interested faculty members and students.
Ula Stöckl 's career as a representative of the New German Cinema began in 1963 at the Film School in Ulm. She has made 23 films. The Cat has Nine Lives is considered the first postwar West German feminist film. She is currently teaching film production at UCF School of Visual Arts and Design. The event is funded by the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at mennel@ufl.edu.

September 25 through October 16, 2014 in Reitz Union Auditorium

Literature to Film Adaptation in Recent Japan
10th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series

Sponsored by The Japan Foundation, RUB/Reitz Union Board--Entertainment, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and The Center for Film and Media Studies.

All films free and open to the public. Click here for flyer.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @10:30 pm in Reitz Union Auditorium

Abacus and Sword (武士の家計簿, Bushi no kakeibo), 2010, 129 min.

In the twilight of samurai rule, low-ranking Naoyuki Isogai lacks finesse as a swordsman, but as an expert accountant he employs strategies to rescue the fortunes of his clan and keep his family afloat in this humorous historical drama that gestures to downturns in the current economy. Best supporting actress (Keiko Masuzaka), Best Art Direction, 20th Japan Film Critic Award. Directed by Yoshimitsu Morita, acclaimed for his 1983 dark comedy, The Family Game, Abacus and Sword is based on the book of the same title by Michifumi Isoda (1970--).

Thursday, October 02, 2014 @10:30 pm in Reitz Union Auditorium

Someday (大鹿村騒動気, Ōshika-mura sōdōki), 2011, 93 min.

Zen, the owner of a venison restaurant in the Japan Alps in a town with an ancient biannual tradition of staging a kabuki play, is a lead actor in the upcoming performance. Complications derail the rehearsals, including the sudden appearance of Zen’s estranged wife whom he hasn’t seen for eighteen years.  She seems to have forgotten that part, but what remains of her memory proves to be useful in other ways. Best Film, Yokohama Film Festival, Soleil d’or Kinotayo Prize. Directed by Junji Sakamoto, versatile and prolific contemporary director, Someday is based on a story by Hiroshi Nobue (1958-).

Thursday, October 09, 2014 @ 7:00 pm in Reitz Union Auditorium

Rebirth (八日目の蝉, Yōkame no semi), 2011, 147 min.

Kiwako is the loser in an office affair and takes revenge by abducting her lover’s infant daughter. Raising the girl on her own, she is caught after four years and the daughter, Erina, is returned to her father and his wife. As a young woman, Erina begins to recall suppressed memories of her early years in a journey through evocative landscapes and honest confrontation with her conflicting emotions. Winner of 11 awards at the 35th Japan Academy Prize, including Best Picture.  Directed by Izuru Narushima, and based on a novel by the prize-winning author Mitsuyo Kakuta (1967--).

Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm in Reitz Union Auditorium

The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones (剣岳、点の記, Tsurigidake: Ten no ki), 2009, 139 min.

Mt. Tsurigidake, revered as a deity since ancient times and known as the “mountain of death” for its inaccessibility, is the last uncharted region of Japan at the turn of the last century. An official army team is dispatched to chart its territory, as well as the more western-equipped Japan Alpine Club. The two teams battle each another as well as the mountain and its weather. Filmed onsite, with breathtaking views. Best Director, 33rd Japan Academy Prize.  Directed by noted cinematographer Daisaku Kimura, The Summit is based on a novel by Jirō Nitta (1912-1980).

Monday, November 17, 2014 (ROOM TBA)

Professor Randall Halle, workshop and public talk on European cinema

- Workshop "Researching Film Funding: The European Case," 10:40-12:35 am (room tba)
The hands-on workshop is geared toward graduate students in Film and Media Studies, but also open to interested faculty members and advanced undergraduate students. Please bring your laptops (but no tablets)

- Public talk on European cinema, 4:00pm (room and title tba)

Randall Halle is the Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has published The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities (2014),  German Film after Germany: Toward a Transnational Aesthetic (2008), Queer Social Philosophy: Critical Readings from Kant to Adorno (2004). He has co-edited After the Avant-garde: New Directions in Experimental Film (2008), Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective (2003), and Marginality and Alterity in Contemporary European Cinema, two special two volumes of Camera Obscura (2001). The events are funded by the Jean Monnet Chair and the European Union funded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Florida and the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at mennel@ufl.edu or Amie Kreppel at kreppel@ufl.edu.

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