Cinema International

Epo-Film Produktionsgesellschaft, Cine Styria, Filmfonds Wien / Wikimedia Commons

This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2011 Austrian film "Breathing."  This meditation on redemption is the product of a first-time director and a first-time actor, and it follows a young man incarcerated for an accidental killing as he rediscovers life through working in a morgue.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul and MSU assistant professor of French and German Dr. Roxane Riegler about "Breathing."

F.W. Murnau / Wikimedia Commons

This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International celebrates Halloween with the seminal 1922 horror classic "Nosferatu."  The silent film puts a German expressionist spin on the story of Count Dracula and, thanks to director F.W. Murnau (muhr-NOW) it invented much of the visual language of modern horror movies.  And, when you get right down to it, "Nosferatu" is still creepy, even after almost a century.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul and MSU theatre professor Dr.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2003 Bhutanese film "Travellers and Magicians."  It's a colorful travelogue that tells a story within a story.  A young government official in love with the idea of America travels from his sleepy village to the capital to pick up the documents that will allow him to travel to the United States.  Along the way, he meets a Buddhist monk who offers him a new way to see his native culture.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul about "Travellers and Magicians."

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This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2002 French/Chinese film "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress."  This acclaimed coming-of-age film is based on the director's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name.  Set during China's cultural revolution, two boys are sent to the country for Maoist re-education.  They discover a cache of forbidden French books and awaken the imagination of a young seamstress.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2015 Belgian film "Brand New Testament."  The dark comedy portrays God as a reclusive cynical writer living in a Brussels high rise with his daughter.  She determines that her dad is doing a less-than-good job and decides to change the world's status quo with a "new" New Testament.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul,  Professor Robert Fritz of MSU's Global Languages Department, and Dr. Eleanor Rivera of Murray State's Department of History about "Brand New Testament."

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2011 film "Clandestine Childhood."  This Argentinian film, set during the rule of Argentina by a military junta in the late seventies and early eighties, tells the story of a young boy whose family is resisting the government.  It's told from the boy's perspective, mixing film and animation to portray how he sees the country's swirling political turmoil.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese Saint Paul, Murray State Political Science professor Dr. Marc Polizzi, and Dr.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2016 film "Ixcanul."  (ish-cah-nuhl)  This 2016 Guatemalan film takes a classic story and sets it among that country's indigenous Mayan population.  It explores their culture and aspirations with breathtaking cinematography and a daring use of the native dialect.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese Saint Paul and Dr. Ben Post of MSU's Department of Global Languages and Theatre about "Ixcanul."

Ignition

Murray State University associate professor of history David Pizzo shares a personal testimony of his time staying in South Africa with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good ahead of the Cinema International showing of 'District 9.' 

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2009 film "Amreeka."  It's the story of a Palestinian Christian divorcee and her son who immigrate to America during the run-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.  They confront prejudice both within and without as they try to navigate a new world.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese Saint Paul and coordinator of MSU's Religious Studies Department Dr. Christine Lindner about "Amreeka."

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Cinema International returns to Murray State's Curris Center Theater this weekend with the 2016 Australian film Lion.  Based on a true story, it features a mostly Indian cast with Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel as a young man who, having surviving life on Calcutta streets and being adopted into an Australian family, seeks to re-unite with his birth parents.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese St. Paul about the film.

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