Grinnell College is hosting three international films this week at the Strand Theater, 921 Main Street, Grinnell, Iowa. All films are free and open to the public.
- Tuesday, April 3, at 4:15 p.m.
Rang de Basanti, Hindi film
Director: Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra
171 minutes, with English subtitles
- A young, idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-drama.
- Wednesday, April 4, at 4:15 p.m.
Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian film
Director: Dmitrii Trakovsky
90 minutes, with English subtitles
- In honor of the 20th anniversary of Andrei Tarkovsky's death, student filmmaker Dmitry Trakovsky sets out in search of his favorite director's legacy. His journey leads him to fifteen moving interviews in California, Italy, Sweden, and finally Russia as he attempts to come closer to the meaning of one of Tarkovsky's most enigmatic beliefs — that death doesn't exist.
- The film will be introduced by the director, Dmitrii Trakovsky with a Q & A session following the film.
- Friday, April 6, at 4:15 p.m.
Still Life, Chinese film
Director: Jia Zhang-ke
111 minutes, with English subtitles
- Due to the construction of the Three Gorges hydro project, countless families must relocate when Fengjie’s old town, with a 2000-year history, is torn down and submerged forever. Life-changing choices face both Sanming, a miner traveling to Fengjie in search of his ex-wife of sixteen years, and Shen Hong, a nurse who has come to Fengjie to look for the husband she hasn’t seen in two years. Both Sanming and Shen will find who they’re looking for, but in the process will have to decide what is worth salvaging in their lives and what they need to let go of.