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IS Film Festival

Mission Statement

The Paradise Valley Community College International Film Festival presents cinema as a window onto the richness of our diverse world and our shared humanity.

The Festival offers a proven educational, entertaining visual experience for our students, colleagues, and community through the following goals.

Goals

Viewing acclaimed films from around the world
Enjoying films as a community experience that challenges our emotional involvement in a setting that offers opportunity for discussion
Exploring the important issues of life through an open forum
Experiencing cultural diversity in a profoundly transformative way
Learning about important global issues through powerful visual images
Discovering the range and variety of films and genres
Understanding cinematic techniques and their contribution to the meaning of a film
Meeting film directors, writers, and producers for dialogue
Making entertainment educational and education entertaining

The Film Festival at PVCC 2013-14

The Human Experience: Living Through Conflict


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hitler’s Children (Israel/Germany, NR; 80 min.)

A documentary about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that permanently connect them with one of the greatest crimes in history.  What is it like for them to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of murder and genocide?  How do they cope with the fact that they are the children of the Nazi elite?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Very Long Engagement  (France, R; 133 min.)

Five French soldiers are punished for desertion by being placed in no man’s land to suffer their fate.  One woman tries desperately to learn the fate of her fiancée, one of the five deserters.  Although missing and believed dead, she refuses to give up hope as she searches for answers.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Turtles Can Fly (Iran/Iraq, PG-13; 98 min.)

A devastating Dickensian story set in a Kurdish refugee camp on the Iranian/Iraqi border on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a group of orphaned children struggle to survive amidst the harsh realities of a land plagued by war and tragedy.  All of the children in the film are actual war orphans, lending a great emotional truth to the story.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Katyn (Poland, NR; 120 min.)

In 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland.   The Soviet army executed 10,000 Polish officers and then for decades blamed it on the Nazis until the actual truth was uncovered after the fall of the Soviet Union.  Based on actual events, the film traces the quest of four families to learn the truth of this atrocity and achieve not just the truth for themselves, but for all of Poland.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mother of Mine (Finland, NR; 111 min.)

Eero is one of over 70,000 Finnish children sent to foster homes in neutral Sweden during World War II for protection from the war.  However, his new foster mother is cold and indifferent to him, as she was hoping for a girl to take the place of her recently deceased daughter.  Eero must also cope with a new family, language, and culture as he worries about his birth mother back home.  Which mother has his best interests at heart?


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brothers (Denmark, R; 117 min.)

Two brothers, Michael and Jannik, could not be more different.  Michael is a successful family man and Danish military officer.  Jannik is an irresponsible drifter always on the edge of the law.  When Michael is declared missing in action and presumed dead in Afghanistan, Jannik discovers a newfound sense of duty and responsibility to care for his sister in law and nieces.  However, a dramatic shifting family dynamic will change everyone forever.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Official Story (Argentina, R; 112 min.)

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Official Story is set soon after Argentina’s ‘Dirty War.’  Alicia is a high school history teacher and her husband Roberto is a successful lawyer.  Happily, the couple dotes on their five year-old adopted daughter.  However, questions are raised as to how Roberto managed the adoption of their daughter.  Was her birth mother a willing participant or the victim of a secret government atrocity?


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Halima’s Path (Croatia, NR; 93 min.)

At the end of the Bosnian War, Halima, a peasant Muslim is trying to find the remains of her husband and son, both lost in the war.  She is asked to give a DNA sample to test for her son’s remains.  She refuses, which sets Halima on the trail of family secrets and heartbreaking revelations as she must track down a mysterious niece.  What she discovers will shock her beyond her wildest imagination.

All films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC
Center for Performing Arts  
Admission is FREE!

 


Films @ Desert Foothills Library: 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek  (Free admission)


 

Tuesday, September 16 @ 5:00P

I Am Become Death: They Made the Bomb (55 min.)

The development of the atomic bomb. A unique, 1st-hand, rare look from within. Hear the Manhattan Project physicists. Study guide available.
Film discussant: Gary Zaro, PVCC Humanities faculty


Tuesday, October 21@ 5:00P

An American Ism: Joe McCarthy (88 min.)

The making of the man who exploited anti-communist delirium & fear. His story is told by friends, victims, & politicians. The nature & fragility of our US democratic institutions is revealed.
Film discussant: Gary Zaro, PVCC Humanities faculty


Tuesday, November 18 @ 5:00P

A Crime to Fit the Punishment (46 min.)

The height of the Cold War & McCarthyism. Hollywood shows the film’s background and political atmosphere. A chronicle of defiance of the blacklist.
Film discussant: Gary Zaro, PVCC Humanities faculty


Tuesday, December 16 @ 5:00P

A Grin Without A Cat (180 min.)

An epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60s and 70s. A sweeping, global contemplation of a defining ten years’ politi­cal history.
 


Tuesday, January 20 @ 5:00P

Forever Lenin (52 min.)

The adventures of Lenin’s mummy and the laboratory scientists are shown to reflect the tumultuous history of the Soviet Union. The use of Lenin’s Tomb as a political podium.
Film discussant: Gary Zaro, PVCC Humanities faculty


Tuesday, February 17 @ 5:00P

Disco and Atomic War (80 min.)

Witty, charming, provocative recount of Western Rock and Roll sweeping into Estonia through illicit television antennas, while its Soviet government collapses.

Film discussant: Gary Zaro, PVCC Humanities faculty


Tuesday, March 17 @ 5:00P

Cycling the Frame (27min.)

The Invisible Frame (60 min.)

The Berlin Wall. Journey through time and bring a poetic and meditative view on one of the most important events of the 20th century.

Film discussant: Gary Zaro, PVCC Humanities faculty


Tuesday, April 21 @ 5:00P

Deadly Enemies (51 min.)

The secret history of biological weapons from World War II through the end of the Cold War. How science, history and politics became partners in a dance of death.

Film discussant: Gary Zaro, PVCC Humanities faculty


Tuesday, May 19 @ 5:00P

Fog of War (106 min.)

Politically powerful, Robert S. McNamara was witness to and participant in many crucial 20th century events leading to the creation of a new American meritocracy.

Film discussant: Gary Zaro, PVCC Humanities faculty

 

Archives

The Film Festival at PVCC 2012-13

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Winners

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A Separation (Iran, PG-13; 123 min.)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tsotsi  (South Africa, R; 94 min.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Secret in Their Eyes(Argentina, R; 129 min.)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Counterfeiters(Germany, R; 98 min.)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Character (Holland, R; 122 min.)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Kolya (Czech Republic, PG-13; 105 min.)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
No Man’s Land(Bosnia, R; 98 min.)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Departures (Japan, PG-13; 130 min.)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
And Paint the Sky(U.S., NR; 90 min.)

Special Prescreening by Filmmaker Alan Tongret

All films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC Center for Performing Arts (Dates are tentative)

Admission is FREE!

Hispanic Cinema

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Sin Nombre (Mexico, R)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Devil’s Backbone  (Spain/Mexico, R)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain/Mexico, R)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Valentin (Argentian, PG-13)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Viva Cuba (Cuba, NR)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Talk to Her (Spain, R)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Machuca (Chile, NR)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Spain, R)

All films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC
Center for Performing Arts

The Film Festival at PVCC 2011-12

“WOMEN IN FILM”
Admission is FREE!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Amélie (France, R), films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC 
Center for Performing Arts 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Stoning of Soraya M. (U.S./Undisclosed, R), films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC 
Center for Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Volver (Spain, R), films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC 
Center for Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Raise the Red Lantern (China, PG), films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC 
Center for Performing Arts

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Sophie Scholl (Germany, ~PG-13*), films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC 
Center for Performing Arts
*This film is not rated by the MPAA

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Caramel (Lebanon, PG), films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC 
Center for Performing Arts

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Water (India, PG-13), films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC 
Center for Performing Arts

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Maria Full Of Grace (Columbia/U.S., R), films begin at 6:30 PM in the PVCC 
Center for Performing Arts

Spring 2011 offerings:
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
THE VALET (France)
6:30P in the Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
THE PERFECT CRIME (Spain)
6:30P in the Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
ELLING (Norway)
6:30P in the Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002 (Hong Kong)
6:30P in the Center for the Performing Arts

Fall 2010 offerings:
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
SHALL WE DANCE (Japan)
6:30P in the Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
SEDUCING DR. LEWIS (Canada)
6:30P in the Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
MY LIFE AS A DOG (Sweden)
6:30P in the Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
IN JULY (Germany)
6:30P in the Center for the Performing Arts

Spring 2010
OSAMA (Afghanistan, 2003; PG-13)
COLOR OF PARADISE (Iran, 1999; PG)
RUMI RETURNING (United States, 2008; not rated)
CLOSE TO HOME (Israel, 2005; PG-13)
RANA'S WEDDING (Palestine, 2002; PG-13)

Fall 2009
"Films of the Middle East"
PARADISE NOW (Palestine, 2005; PG-13)
THE BAND'S VISIT (Israel, 2007; PG-13)
WEDDING IN GALILEE (Palestine, 1987; R)
WEST BANK STORY (U.S., 2005; PG)
JELLYFISH (Israel, 2007; PG-13)

Spring 2009
The Lives of Others (2006, Rated R) Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Good Bye Lenin (2003, Rated R) Directed by Wolfgang Becker
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979, Rated R) Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Wings of Desire (1987, Rated PG-13) Directed by Wim Wenders

Fall 2008
Cinema Paradiso (1988, Rated PG) Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Amarcord (1973, Rated R) Directed by Federico Fellini
Divorce Italian Style (1961, PG-13) Directed by Pietro Germi
The Conformist (1970, Rated R) Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Spring 2008
The theme of the 2007-2008 FF@PVCC was Food cinema
Dinner Rush (2001) Directed by Bob Giraldi
Babette's Feast (1987) Directed by Gabriel Axel
Tortilla Soup (2001)Directed by Maria Ripoll
Tampopo (1987) Directed by Juzo Itami

Fall 2007
The theme of the 2007-2008 FF@PVCC was Food cinema
Big Night (1995) Directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci
*Crossing the Heart (2006) Directed by Steven Hood
Like Water for Chocolate (1993) Directed by Alfonso Arau
Mostly Martha (2002) Directed by Sandra Nettleback In a German
What's Cooking (2000) Directed by Gurinder Chadha

Spring 2007
The theme of the 2006-07 FF@pvcc was French cinema
Belle de Jour (1967) Directed by Luis Buñuel
Beauty and the Beast (1946) Directed by Jean Cocteau
Manon of the Spring (1986) Directed by Claude Berri
Mon Oncle (1959) Directed by Jacques Tati

Fall 2006
The theme of the 2006-07 FF@pvcc was French cinema.
The Chorus(2004) Directed by Christophe Barratier
Diabolique(1955) (1997) Directed by Henri-Gerorges Clouzot
La Cage Aux Folles (1978) Directed by Edouard Molinaro
Un Coeur en Hiver (1997) (1993) Directed by Claude Sautet

Spring 2006
Film Festival at PVCC (formerly New Horizons Film Festival)
The following movies were shown at the Performing Arts Center

The Entertainer
Blow Up
Henry V
The Remains of the Day

Fall 2005
New Horizons Film Festival
The following movies were shown at the Performing Arts Center

The 39 Steps
Look Back in Anger
Tom Jones
The Full Monty

Spring 2005
New Horizons Film Festival
The following movies were shown at the Studio Theater

Red Sorghum
The King of Masks
TJu Dou
Eat Drink Man Woman

Fall 2004
New Horizons Film Festival
The following movies were shown at the Studio Theater

Rashomon
Tokyo Story
The Woman in the Dunes
The Ballad of Narayama

Fall 2003
New Horizons Film Festival, Australian Films
The following movies were shown at the Studio Theater

Picnic at Hanging Rock
Breaker Morant
Muriel's Wedding
Rabbit-Proof Fence

Spring 2003
Film Festival, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue
The following movies were shown at Desert Ridge AMC 18 Theatres

I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have other gods before me and Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy and Honor thy father and thy mother
Thou shalt not kill and Thou shalt not commit adultery
Thou shalt not steal and Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife and Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods

Fall 2002
Losing Geography, Discovering Self
The following movies were shown at Desert Ridge AMC 18 Theatres

Song of the Exile
An Autumn's Tale
Farewell China
Picture Bride

Spring 2002
Cinema Promoting Tolerance
The following movies were shown at Harkins North Valley 16 theaters

4 Little Girls (guest speaker Lionel Lyons)
A Leap of Faith
Calling the Ghosts (guest speaker Mensura Barat)
Paragraph 175

Fall 2001
Mexican Cinema
The following movies were shown at Harkins North Valley 16 theaters

Frida (guest speaker Justine Mantor, MCC adjunct instructor)
Danzón
Macario (guest speaker David Rubi, PVCC Spanish instructor)
Reed: México Insurgente

Fall 2000/Spring 2001
Documentary Cinema
The following movies were shown on PVCC campus

Sequences from Olympia, Triumph of the Will, and The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
Mr. Death: the Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Hearts of Darkness
Return With Honor (guest speaker Larry Chesley)
Regret to Inform
Then There Were None (guest speaker Elizabeth Lindsay)
Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision
American Movie (guest speaker Matt Englehart)

Spring 2000
Asian Cinema
The following movies were shown on PVCC campus

Raise the Red Lantern (China)
Children of Heaven (Iran)
Pather Panchali (India)
Aparajito (India)
Apur Sansur (India)

Spring 1999
Hispanic Cinema
The following movies were shown on PVCC campus
The Spirit of the Beehive (Spain)
Los Olvidados (Mexico)
Pixote (Brazil)
The Official Story (Argentina)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Cuba)