January 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema
Adil Hussain (Life of Pi) stars as Rajiv, an overworked businessman, who agrees to honor the final wish of his father, Daya, by accompanying him to the holy city of Varanasi. There, they check in to the Hotel Salvation, where residents are given just two weeks to live out their final days or return home. While Daya revels in the simple pleasures of this timeless place, Rajiv finds himself burdened by the many obligations he left behind. Eventually though, both father and son learn to appreciate each other and the world around them with newfound meaning.
NR, Hindi with English Subtitles, 102minutes runtime
February 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema
L'échange Des Princesses (The Royal Exchange)
In 1721, Philippe d’Orléans, Regent of France, develops a brilliant but unorthodox idea – to propose to Spain’s Philippe V, a marriage between the 11-year old Louis XV and 4-year old child princess, Anna Maria Victoria. The Spanish bride would not even be able to conceive for another decade! D’Orléans also proposes that his own daughter, Mlle de Montpensier, marry the young Prince des Asturies, future heir to the Spanish throne. All this to reduce tensions after years of war between the two neighbouring countries. Madrid’s response is enthusiastic and “an exchange of princesses” ensues in 1722 amid a lavish ceremony. But things don’t unfold according to plan.
NR - French with English Subtitles, 100 minutes runtime
March 17, 2020, 6:30 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or.
This film is sponsored by the NC Japan Center and Morinaga America Foods.
Rated: R (for some sexual content and nudity) - Japanese with English subtitles, 121 minute runtime
Before the film, we invite you to join us at Fountain Dining Hall for a Japanese menu!
April 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema
Grazing the Amazon
This award-winning documentary explores deforestation and cattle industry in the Brazilian Amazon. There are 85 million cows in the Brazilian Amazon: three times as many cows as people. Agriculture is a key driver of the Brazilian economy, accounting for almost 24 percent of the country's GDP in 2017, and Brazil is expected to play a critical role in feeding the rapidly growing global population. Yet since the 1970s, approximately 20 percent of the Brazilian Amazon has been cleared. This film examines this challenging issue at depth, through thought-provoking interviews with cattle ranchers—including some who have adopted and advocate sustainable practices—, slaughterhouse owners, government officials, and environmental activists.
The film introduction will be given by Dr. Erin SIlls, Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. This film is sponsored by the College of Natural Resources at NC State University.
NR - Portuguese with English Subtitles, 50 minutes runtime
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