OVERVIEW: The following classic films were rarely shown in the West. This film festival aims to present five great alternative cinematic works, in the original languages, subtitled in English
VENUE: Tsukuba Women's University (library), AV Hall, Azuma 3-1 Tsukuba-shi
TIME: 6:00-8:00 (Note that seating is limited to 30)
COST: No charge for any of the films
INQUIRIES: (0298)58-4211 (Japanese); (0298)58-6337 (English); (0298)58-7388 (fax; English inquiries welcome)
JANUARY 14 - Ballad of a Soldier (Soviet, 1959) A young soldier destroys two Nazi tanks and is rewarded with a furlough for his heroism. During this brief period, he encounters both romance and disillusionment. Then he has to return to the front. A testimony to the efforts of a society in crisis. In Russian with English subtitles.
JANUARY 21 - The Little Valentino (Hungarian, 1979) A low-key minimalist tale of greed, compassion, and human frailty. A 20 year-old steals some money and goes on a one-day spending spree. Do not be surprised if you see shades of Jim Jarmusch's work in this b&w classic. In Hungarian with English subtitles.
JANUARY 28 - The Firemen's Ball (Czech, 1968) Hilarious yarn about a retirement party for an 85 year-old fire chief whose gala farewell is marred by a bungled beauty contest and the theft of the contest prizes. The party sinks lower yet when the department itself catches fire. In Czech with English subtitles.
FEBRUARY 5 (Friday) - All My Good Countrymen (Czech, 1968) A powerful panorama of the occasionally amusing, but largely tragic, experiences of a small town in coping with socialism. A tremendous testimony to the freedom felt during the Prague Spring. In Czech with English subtitles.
FEBRUARY 18 - Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Ukrainian, 1964). An epic love story set against the ethnographic panorama of the Carpathian Mountains. In Ukrainian with English subtitles.
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