Stocker Arts Center presents the Winter/Spring Film Series on the Lorain County Community College campus. Films are shown on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in the Hoke Theatre. The winter/spring series includes:
Friday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.
2016 (Not Rated) 99 min. Finland/subtitles
Director: Klaus Härö
Cast: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Liisa Koppel
A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion – fencing, which causes a conflict with the school’s principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel’s background. Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them. The film is based upon extraordinary true events.
“After the Wedding”
Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
2006 (R) 119 min. Denmark/subtitles
Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgard, Stine Christensen
Jacob Peterson runs a struggling orphanage in India. Desperate to save it from closure, he returns to Denmark to meet Jorgen, a wealthy businessman and potential benefactor. Jorgen offers Jacob a seemingly innocent invitation to attend his daughter’s wedding. What appears to be nothing more than a friendly gesture sets in motion a devastating series of surprises, revelations and confessions that will forever change their lives. This is a movie about family ties and whether they have meaning. Although Jacob has never been married, he finds himself torn between two families: the orphanage and one in Denmark. Circumstances place him in the eye of a dilemma and he must face a decision that will damn some part of his soul regardless of what he decides. The film is an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.
1994 (R) 110 min. USA
Director: Robert Benton
Cast: Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith
Paul Newman earned an Oscar nomination (and won citations from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Berlin International Film Festival) for his performance in this well-drawn comedy-drama. Sully (Newman) is a 60-year-old man who emotionally seems to have never quite emerged from adolescence; scraping by on part-time work in construction, Sully has built a life around avoiding responsibility. He hasn’t spoken with his ex-wife in years, he lives in a rooming house owned by his eighth-grade teacher Mrs. Beryl, his best friend is a mildly retarded handyman, and he has a crush on Toby, who is half his age and married to Carl, who sometimes gives him work. One day, Sully nearly runs over his son Peter and discovers that he has a grandson he never knew about; for the first time, Sully finds himself thinking that he ought to start behaving like a grown-up – or at least get to know his family before it’s too late.
Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.
2017 (Not Rated) 89 min. France/subtitles
Director: Frédéric Mermoud
Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, David Clavel
To find the driver of the vintage mocha-colored Mercedes which she thinks hit her son and devastated her life, Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos) embarks on a trip to take revenge. She goes to Évian, where she has learned the driver of the Mercedes lives, but she now has to face another woman, Mariene (Nathalie Baye) – a beauty salon proprietor and owner of the car. In order to get closer to her, Diane pretends to be a potential buyer for the car, but the path of revenge is more tortuous and complicated than it seems. Adapted from Tatiana de Rosnay’s 2006 novel, “Moka” is a moody, riveting psychological thriller, showcasing the tremendous talents of two of France’s best actresses.
“Like Father, Like Son”
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
2013 (Not Rated) 121 min. Japan/subtitles
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Rirî Furankî
Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON is a thoughtful, heartfelt story about the bonds of family. Two couples with 6-year-old sons learn the shocking news that their sons were switched at the hospital. Both families are faced with the dilemma of whether to keep their respective children or swap them. What is more important—blood or affection, nature or nurture? Ryota, handsome and successful, is a driven architect who spends little time with his wife and son, although he provides all the best for them. In contrast, financially struggling Yudai is a slovenly shopkeeper whose motto is “Put off until tomorrow everything you can,” but who spends more time with his family, which includes additional siblings. The two families arrange gatherings for their children to mingle, and begin a trial system of exchanging the boys on weekends, but all does not go smoothly. The children are delightful, and the storytelling subtle and moving, seasoned with wit and warmth.
*A discussion session about the film will follow the film in the Stocker Cinema Hall.
“The King’s Choice”
Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
2017 (Not Rated) 130 min. Norway/subtitles
Director: Erik Poppe
Cast: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tuva Novotny,
The King’s Choice is a true story about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender or die. With Nazi soldiers hunting after them, the Royal Family is forced to flee the capital. In the best interest of the family, the Crown Princess Märtha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, whilst King Haakon and the crown Prince Olav flee to a small farming area just outside Elverum and meet the Germans head on. After three days of desperately trying to evade the Germans, King Haakon makes his final decision. He refuses to capitulate, even if it may cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.
“Tell No One”
Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
2006 (R) 125 min. France/subtitles
Director: Guillaume Canet
Cast: François Cluzet, Marie-Josee Croze, Kristin Scott Thomas
The film opens by presenting a married couple with their friends. The couple, Alex and Margot, drive to a remote lake of their own where they go skinny-dipping and doze off on a raft. They have a little quarrel and Margot swims ashore. Suddenly Alex hears his name shouted from across the lake by his wife. He swims across, climbs out of the water, and is knocked unconscious. Eight years later we discover that his wife was brutally murdered by a serial killer. Though the killer has confessed to a number of murders, he has always denied being responsible for Margot’s death. Although Margot’s case was believed solved, suspicion of Alex has never died out. He was hit so hard before falling back into the water that he was in a coma for three days. Today, Alex is still deeply psychologically injured by the loss of Margot. He temporarily escapes his memories during the day by immersing himself completely in his work as a pediatrician. Outside of that, only the friendship he has formed with Hélèn Perkins saves him from total isolation from the rest of the world. But when two new bodies are uncovered near where Margot’s body was discovered, Margot’s case is reopened. At the same time, Alex receives a strange e-mail with a link to a video-surveillance web-cam and a time at which to watch it.
“The Devine Order”
Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
2017 (Not Rated) 96 min. Switzerland/subtitles
Director: Petra Volpe
Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage, but refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike, and at the same time she makes a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely. The film was Switzerland’s submission for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film.
Tickets for films are $7 each. The Stocker Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to ticketed events. Please call (440) 366-4040 for tickets or for a season calendar. Tickets are also available online.
For more information about the Stocker Film Series, please click here or contact Robert Dudash at rdudash @lorainccc.edu or (440) 366-7420.
Stocker Arts Center is located on the campus of Lorain County Community College at 1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio.