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International films on tap for Harpur Film series

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Films from China, Israel and Canada are among the offerings of this year’s Harpur Film Society. Eight films will be shown in the series, which offers showings at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays in LH-6. The cost is $3 at the door or $13 for the series for students and senior citizens; $16 for the general public.

Friday, September 19 and Sunday, September 21
Yellow Asphalt, a trio of films by Israeli director Danny Verete, focuses on the Bedouin tribes of the Judean desert. The film explores the clash between the Bedouin tribes who lived in the desert for centuries and the Israeli newcomers who bring new ways to the region.

Friday, October 10 and Sunday, October 12
Read My Lips, a gritty workplace comedy by French director Jacques Audiard, is about an embittered secretary. Carla’s coworkders ignore and demean her because she is deaf, and when she gets a chance to hire an assistant, she chooses Paul, a dubious, tatooed ex-con that she can demean.

Friday, October 17 and Sunday, October 19
Talk to Her is an explorative film about love and friendship from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. Two men, one a nurse, the other a journalist, meet in a hospital where each is in love with a comatose patient.

Friday October 24 and Sunday, October 26
Kandahar, a fictional film from Iranian director Mohsen Makmalbaf is based on a true story about a teenage girl who flees Kandahar and then returns disguised in a burqa to rescue her sister.

November 7 and Sunday, November 9
The Fast Runner, a mystical film from French director Francois Ozon is based on an ancient tribal legend of bad blood between two families. The plot surrounds a stirred up evil spirit and is brought to a boil when Atanrjuat, the swift, genial hunter, wins his bride at the expense of a malevolent rival. This film is the first film made in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuits of Arctic Canada and is the winner of the Cannes Camera d’Or (Best First Film Award).

Friday, November 14 and Sunday, November 16
The Son, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of Belgium and France, is the story of obsession between a carpentry instructor and his new pupil. The film’s central figure, Olivier, who is quiet and reclusive, becomes distressed when Francis, a sullen 16-year-old is placed in his class.

Friday, November 21 and Sunday, November 23
Happy Times, a comedy by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, is about a middle-aged man anxious to please his demanding fiancée who insists that he provide for her unwanted blind stepdaughter.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08