Now showing: Independent and foreign films

Are you tired of the same corporate blockbuster Hollywood movies? Join us in the Hodges Library auditorium for free screenings of independent and foreign films.

Practice your language skills and join us for a discussion following each film. Here’s our line-up for spring semester 2019:

All films: 7-9 p.m., Hodges Library auditorium

Thurs., Feb. 7—Police Story (1985; Cantonese, Mandarin)
Wed., March 6—Breathe (2014; French)
Tues., April 2—Secret of Kells (2009; English, Irish, Scottish Gaelic)

For more information, feel free to contact Michael Deike (mdeike@nullutk.edu) or just drop by the Public Services Desk on the second floor of Hodges Library and ask to talk to Michael about movies!

More about the films:

Thursday, February 7, 7–9 p.m.
Lindsay Young Auditorium, Hodges Library

Film: Police Story (1985)
Runtime: 102 minutes
Director: Jackie Chan
Supplier: Shout Factory
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin

Synopsis:
Considered — and rightly so — a Hong Kong action cinema classic, Police Story marks Jackie Chan’s initial foray into the stunt-filled action movie genre that became his trademark.

Jackie Chan plays an honest cop, Chan Ka-Kui, assigned to protect a witness whose key testimony could bring down the drug baron, Chu. However, when the witness gets away from Chan, there’s no evidence to put Chu away, and he is set free. Chu goes on a vendetta to frame Chan for a murder. He goes on the run and must quickly find the witness to protect her and prove his own innocence.

Wednesday, March 6, 7–9 p.m.
Lindsay Young Auditorium Hodges Library

Film: Breathe (2014)
Runtime: 91 minutes
Director: Mélanie Laurent
Supplier: Film Movement
Languages: French

Synopsis:
Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners) directs this taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, based on the best-selling young adult novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme. Seventeen-year-old Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is frustrated by her parents and bored with her life. Enter Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a confident and charismatic new transfer student who exudes an intoxicating air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection, but their intimacy also triggers feelings of jealousy and anger, setting them on a dangerous trajectory toward an inevitable yet unforeseen collapse.

Tuesday, April 2, 7–9 p.m.
Lindsay Young Auditorium Hodges Library

Film: Secret of Kells (2009)
Runtime: 76 minutes
Director: Nora Twomey, Tomm Moore
Supplier: GKIDS
Languages: English, Irish, Scottish Gaelic

Synopsis:
To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

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