TROY Dothan Campus to continue free International Film Series

Posted: Friday, 26 March 2010

DOTHAN—The Troy University Dothan Campus library will continue its yearlong international film series with movies from Germany and France starting in April.

The next three films shown in the series will be:

  • April 7: “Storm” (Germany, 2009)
  • May 12: “Welcome” (France, 2009)
  • June 16 : “The Grocer’s Son” (France, 2007)

The Dothan Campus library has contracted with Film Movement, a distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, to host monthly screenings of international films. All movies start at 7 p.m. inside Sony Hall. The screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Library Director Christopher Shaffer at 334-983-6556, ext. 320.

April 7
Storm (Germany, 2009)

Hannah Maynard, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks like the case will unravel, however Hannah refuses to give in. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness' burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira who she senses has much more to say than she is willing to admit. Despite threats of violence, Mira reluctantly agrees to testify at The Hague. However, she and Hannah must both risk life and limb to make it to the court, only to discover that there are traitors among their own ranks. *Winner at both the Berlin International Film Festival and the Munich Film Festival

May 12
Welcome (France, 2009)

Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has struggled his way through Europe for the last three months, trying to reunite with his girlfriend, who recently emigrated to England. But his journey comes to an abrupt halt when he is stopped by authorities in Calais, on the French side of the Channel. Left with no other alternatives, he decides to swim across. Bilal goes to the local swimming pool to train, where he meets Simon, a middle-aged swimming instructor in turmoil over his imminent divorce. Simon agrees to help Bilal, hoping to win back the affection of his wife, who does volunteer work helping immigrants. But what begins as a relationship based on self interest, develops into something much bigger than Simon could ever have imagined, as he too will ultimately risk everything to reach happiness.

*Winner at the Lumiere Awards, Warsaw International Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Gijon Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival

June 16
The Grocer’s Son (France, 2007)

It is summer, and thirty-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provence. His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants. Accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris whom he has a secret crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers, who initially seem stubborn and gruff, but ultimately prove to be funny and endearing. Ultimately, this surprise French box-office hit is about the coming-of-age of a man re-discovering life and love in the countryside.

*Winner at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Berkshires International Film Festival