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International Film Series continues at MiraCosta

OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta College continues its popular International Film Series with screenings of six films from around the world, beginning September 12 with the Chilean film “Machuca” (2004).

“Machuca” is the story of Pedro, a poor child who is integrated into a school of rich kids. The story shows the schism of racism and political clashes. This non-rated film is directed by Andres Wood.

There are two screenings of each film: Fridays at 1 p.m. in Room 204 of the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Avenue in Cardiff, and Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Room 3601, at the Oceanside campus at 1 Barnard Drive.

Films are presented in the original language with English subtitles. Admission is free. For additional information, call (760) 757-2121, ext. 7737 or 7806.

Other films scheduled this semester are detailed below.

September 26: “Rainbow Song”

Japan, 2004

Not rated

Director: Shunji Iwai

An aspiring director, Kishida, messages a picture of a rainbow to his longtime friend Aoi and is crushed to find that she has passed away in a plane crash.

Devastated by her death, he thinks back on their time together and imagines the romance they could have shared if only he had confessed his true feelings to her.

October 10: “Golden Door”

Italy, 2006

Rated PG-13

Director: Emanuele Crialese

Sicilian peasant Salvatore yearns for a better life, one he believes exists only in America, but is unprepared for the treatment he receives when he arrives at Ellis Island.

October 24: “Paris Je T’Aime”

France, 2006

Rated R

Eighteen short love stories set in Paris, some happy and some sad, by celebrated directors from around the world such as the Coen Brothers and Gus Van Sant.

November 14: “Mostly Martha”

Germany, 2001

Rated PG

Director: Sandra Nettelbeck

Martha, the domineering chef at a fancy restaurant, has her rigid routine broken when her sister dies in a car wreck, leaving behind her 8-year-old daughter, Lina, for Martha to raise.

The relationship between the two is portrayed with all its awkwardness and complications intact.

December 5: “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress”

China, 2002

Not rated

Director: Sijie Dai

During China’s cultural revolution, two young university students are sent to a remote mountain village for Maoist reeducation in order to purge them of their decadent Western education.


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