Film lovers will enjoy the excitement and variety of the Stocker Arts Center Spring 2016 Film Series at Lorain County Community College. All films will be shown in the Stocker Arts Center Hoke Theatre.
The spring series, sponsored by the LCCC Film Society, begins on Friday, April 1 with “Mustang,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards. All films will be shown in the Stocker Arts Center Hoke Theatre.
Tickets are $7 per person, and no annual membership is required. The Stocker Arts Center box office is open Monday through Friday from 12-6 p.m. and one-and-one-half-hours before ticketed events, including films. For more information, call the box office at (440) 366-4040 or go to www.stockerartscenter.com
The Stocker Arts Center Film Series is truly an alternative cinema, as most of these films have not played in Lorain County and are often not readily available on video. Audiences have the opportunity to sample the gourmet flavor of prize-winning foreign films, and the exciting energy and originality of contemporary independent American and international cinema.
The Stocker Arts Center Film Series focuses on human relationships, moral and social issues, cultural and religious diversity, and universal human emotions and aspirations, including humor, disappointment and tragedy.
Below is a listing of films in the LCCC Stocker Arts Center Film Society’s Spring 2016 Film Series.
Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. – Hoke Theatre
2015 (PG-13) 97 min. France/Turkey/subtitles
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Cast: Günez Sensoy, Burak Yigit, Suzanne Marrot
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey, five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment. “Mustang” delivers a bracing and thoroughly timely message whose power is strongly enhanced by the performances of a stellar ensemble cast. “Mustang” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards.
Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Hoke Theatre
2015 (PG-13) 111 min. China/subtitles
Director: Yimou Zhang
Cast: Li Gong, Guo Tao, Chen Daoming, Peiqi Liu
Lu Yanshi and Feng Wanyu are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return. “Coming Home” is a love story about joy and sadness, as well as separation and reunion. The film plucks at the heartstrings with thought-provoking power.
Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. – Hoke Theatre
2015 (PG-13) 109 min. UK/Ireland
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Barry Ward, Jim Norton, Simone Kirby
In 1921 Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced the hall to close. Based on a true story, “Jimmy’s Hall,” the latest work by legendary director Ken Loach, is a moving and inspiring portrait of Irish socialist and activist Jimmy Gralton. Jimmy, always a bit of a hero to the Irish left, has now found a wider appreciation through Loach’s cracking new film.
Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. – Hoke Theatre
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM
2015 (PG-13) 111 min. Ireland
Director: John Crowley
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Jim Broadbent, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters
“Brooklyn” tells the profoundly moving story of Ellis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Ellis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Ellis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Ellis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. The film buttresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind. “Brooklyn” was nominated for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Academy Awards.
Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Hoke Theatre
2014 Unrated 100 min. France/China/subtitles
Director: Philippe Muyl
Cast: Baotian Li, Xin Yi Yang
Zhigen, an old Chinese farmer, has lived alone in Beijing for over 20 years after moving to the city to allow his son, Chongyi, to attend university. He decides to make the long journey from Beijing to Yangshuo to honor the promise he made to his wife to bring back the bird that has been his only companion in the city. His daughter-in-law, Qianying, a beautiful rich career woman, asks him to take along his granddaughter Renxing, an only child brought up in the lap of luxury. While grandfather and granddaughter set out on their journey – one travelling back in time, the other discovering her roots – Chongyi and Qianying ponder the meaning of the life they have led in the sole pursuit of success and money. The contrast between the natural world and soulless modernity is movingly presented in this beautifully photographed film. “The Nightengale” was the official submission of China to the Best Foreign Language film category at the 2015 Academy Awards.