New film series “Contemporary Classics of International Cinema” begins Tues., May 3, with Belgian “Two Days, One Night;” presented by Dudley Andrew from Yale Film & Media Studies

Best Video Film & Cultural Center continues its film screening renaissance in May with a four-film series “Contemporary Classics of International Cinema.”

Starting on Tues., May 3, and running four successive Tuesdays, the series will showcase acclaimed movies from Belgium, Mauritania, Japan, and Iran, all released within the past decade. Each film will be presented by—and feature a post-film discussion led by—a faculty member of the Yale University Film & Media Studies department. Each screening starts at 7 PM and admission to each is $7.

The four films are:

Tues. May 3: “Two Days, One Night” (2014, Belgium, dir. by Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, presented by Dudley Andrew)
Tues., May 10: “Timbuktu” (2014, Mauritania, dir. by Abderrahmane Sissako, presented by Dudley Andrew)
Tues., May 17: “Shoplifters” (2018, Japan, dir. by Kore-eda Hirokazu, presented by Aaron Gerow)
Tues., Apr. 24: “The Salesman” (2016, Iran, dir. by Asghar Farhadi, presented by Farbod Honarpisheh)

“Two Days, One Night” is a riveting Belgium/French/Italian social drama directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. It follows Sandra, a factory worker played by Marion Cotillard, who attempts to return to work after a month’s medical leave for depression. She finds, however, that in the interim the company has offered her co-workers €1,000 bonuses to make her redundant, leaving her job in doubt. Over the course of two days and one night, she attempts to convince her co-workers to forego the bonuses so she can keep her job.

“Two Days, One Night” will be introduced by Dudley Andrew, who will also lead a post-film discussion. Dudley Andrew at Yale University is biographer of “André Bazin,” whose ideas he extends in “What Cinema Is!,” “Opening Bazin,” and in his editing and translating of themed collections of Bazin. With two books on 1930s French Cinema, Andrew was named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and gained the Lifetime Achievement Award from SCMS. His current projects include issues in world cinema (migration) and comparative arts.

Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

As an indoor event, proof of vaccination and masks are required.

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