TROY Dothan Campus to host free International Film Series

Posted: Friday, 28 August 2009

DOTHAN—The Troy University Dothan Campus library will showcase award-winning cinema from around the world during an International Film Series starting in September.

The library has contracted with Film Movement, a distributor of independent and foreign films, to host a year-long series of international film screenings. Films will be shown on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. inside Sony Hall.

“The films they send us are not in mainstream release yet, so people will be seeing movies that, in general, they can't see anywhere else,” said Library Director Christopher Shaffer.

The first three films shown during the series will be:

  • Sept 8: “The Drummer” (2007), a drama from Hong Kong by director Kenneth Bi
  • Oct. 13: “Somers Town” (2008), a comedy from the United Kingdom directed by Shane Meadows
  • Nov. 10: “For My Father” (2008), a thriller from Israeli director Dror Zahavi

All screenings will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shaffer at 334-983-6556, ext. 320.

Sept. 8

The Drummer (2007)

Sid, the rebellious son of Kwan, a controlling and savage triad boss in Hong Kong, has to flee to Taiwan upon enraging his father's adversary, a powerful tycoon and underground business leader. Hiding out in the mountains, Sid encounters a group of Zen drummers whose mesmerizing art, rigorous physical training, and austere way of life pique this hostile urban young man's interest and he requests to join the group. Although Sid despises his father, he is turning out to be a younger version of him: wild and defiant. Immersing in the world of the Zen drummers eventually converts him into a firm and focused young man. Sid's independence from the triad life and his father is profoundly challenged, however, when a twist of fate awaits him back home in Hong Kong and forces him to choose between loyalty to his family and his new found faith in himself.

Oct. 13

Somers Town (2008)

Directed by Shane Meadows Comedy – United Kingdom – in English – 70 min

Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek (Piotr Jagiello), a Polish immigrant, lives in the district of Somers Town, between King's Cross and Euston stations, where his dad is working on a new rail link. When Marek agrees to let homeless Tomo move into his room, unbeknownst to his father, the pair forms a strong bond, as they work odd jobs for an eccentric neighbor and compete for the attention of Maria, a beautiful young French waitress whom they are both infatuated with. But it's only a matter of time before Marek's dad discovers what's going on.
WINNER – Best Actor – Tribeca Film Festival
WINNER – Best New British Feature – Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival
Nominated – Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay – British Independent Film Awards
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Berlin Int’l Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival

Nov. 10

For My Father (2008)

(Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv), a new Israeli political thriller from director Dror Zahavi.Terek, a Palestinian man forced on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv is given a second chance when the fuse on his explosive vest fails to detonate. Forced to spend the weekend in Tel Aviv awaiting its repair, Terek falls for Karen a beautiful Israeli and forms strong bonds with a number of neighborhood jews who take him in. But as a pawn of fundamentalist terrorists, Tarek must make the decision of his life. “For My Father” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Stony Brook Film Festival and was hailed as “quite simply the most powerful and moving film I can remember seeing in years” by the Huffington Post.