Upcoming films around town

Posted by skoons on November 18, 2010 

There are two films that will be screened for free on campus and in town this evening. The information was passed along to me by Elaine Kunze, a fellow member of the State Theatre Film Collective and a member of the State Theatre's film programming committee. One of the films, which will be shown at the Carnegie Building on the Penn State campus,  is a thriller made by two Belgian brothers, and the other is a hard-hitting documentary that explores how a pyramid of fraud led to the current financial crisis. These are the descriptions of the films provided by

Le silence de Lorna (Lorna’s silence)
Thurs November 18th at
6:30 and 9pm
113 Carnegie Building Cinema,
The films of Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc  Dardenne make up a body of work that is unrivaled in its realist, deeply humane  focus on how those who exist on the margins of society—the poor, criminals,  immigrants—must constantly face enormous moral decisions in their struggle for  more secure, stable lives in a global economy. Lorna, an Albanian immigrant  living in the Belgian city of Liege, shares an apartment with a heroin addict  named Claudy. They have a sham marriage that allows her to legally live in the country, where she dreams of opening up a café with her boyfriend. But the  mobster who arranged their marriage is now planning to kill Claudy—with Lorna’s  help—in a planned overdose so she can marry a Russian who’s willing to pay a  steep price for Belgian residency papers. Lorna, like all of the Dardennes’  protagonists, isn’t merely a one-dimensional emblem of suffering, but a  multifaceted character who must make—and live with—her own decisions. (Drama,  105 minutes)

Plunder: The Crime of Our Time (2010)
Thursday November 18 7:30 pm
 Room 201 State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street
A hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter, the "News Dissector", who explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity and uncovers the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed. The film displays how this pyramid of fraud led to the massive foreclosures affecting 10 million homeowners, rising unemployment, economic collapse and increasing hardships worldwide. It connects the dots identifying who the victims and beneficiaries are in what "may well turn out to be the greatest nonviolent crime against humanity in history," according to a former investment banker. The film offers facts and details about events that have affected billions of people and lost trillions of dollars around the world. This crisis is not about the unintentional mistakes of a greedy few but a crime that effects us all. (100 minutes)

I also encourage you to check out two upcoming films at the State Theatre: "Mao's Last Dancer," which will be playing Nov. 19-24. The film,
from Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford, tells the true story of Li Cunxin and his  journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer.

I'm  looking forward to seeing "The Sicilian Girl," which will be playing at the State Theatre from Nov. 26-Dec. 2. 
Based on the true story of Rita Atria and Judge Paolo Borsellino, the film is the dramatic retelling of Atria’s story: how a 17-year-old Sicilian, whose father and brother were both members and victims of the Mafia, breaks the vow of silence that enshrouds the Mafia world, and gives evidence to famed anti-Mafia judge Borsellino. Drawing upon Rita’s extensive diaries, director Marco Amenta tells her story, beginning in Sicily in 1985.

These all seem like intelligent, original films, so take some time out of your holiday shopping to check them out!

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