Film Series

Dark Futures

Mondays, September 16 through September 30, at 7pm

This year’s annual German/Austrian Film Fest at Images Cinema focuses on science fiction. The festival, titled “Dark Futures,” presents three recent films that take place in imaginary future worlds, but tackle issues that face us here and now: fear of change, deep trauma, family conflict, and loneliness.

Sept. 16 Endzeit/Ever After by Carolina Hellsgard
Sept. 23 Die kommenden Tage/ The Days to Come by Lars Kraume
Sept. 30 Die Wand/The Wall by Julian Pölsler

All movies are in German with English subtitles

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Die kommenden Tage/ The Days to Come

Starring: Daniel Brühl, Bernadette Heerwagen, August Diehl, Johanna Wokalek

Europe, 2020 - The European Union has collapsed after the onset of the 4th Gulf War. The fight for the last remaining oil reserves has unveiled a poisonous sentiment that engulfs the citizenry, cutting into the deepest parts of the fabric of civilization. As the old Europe is flooded by refugees from adjacent continents, economic conditions worsen and worsen, and chaos ensues. Families and relationships are torn apart, and violence seems the only promise of survival in this dark new world.

Laura, a student in her early 20's, must choose between love and having children. She is appalled as her sister Cecelia is pulled into a cell of aspiring terrorists by her boyfriend Konstantin. Their brother Philip does his bit for Germany in a desperate war for the last Asian oil fields. A destabilized family deal with their hopes and fears as they face their future in an unstable world.

  • Director: Lars Kraume
  • Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

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Die Wand/ The Wall

Starring: Martina Gedeck, Luchs, Karlheinz Hackl, Ulrike Beimpold

A woman is holidaying with two friends at their hunting lodge in the Austrian Alps. She's not tempted by their offer of an evening out in a town in the valley below and opts for a `quiet' night in.

  • Director: Julian Pölsler
  • Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Julian Roman Pölsler's bewitching debut manages to be at once a creepy sci-fi parable, a feminist Robinson Crusoe and a clear-eyed ode to the wonders of nature experienced in solitude. Walden pond with added wall.”

– The Guardian

Department of German and Russian and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Kiki's Delivery Service

Saturday, September 28 + Sunday, September 29

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Kiki's Delivery Service

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Delightful tale of self-discovery and heroism from Mr. Miyazaki, it feels like Disney one moment, Truffaut the next.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

An American Tail

Sunday, October 6 at 1pm | Free Admission

This year Williams Reads explores the theme of immigration through various means, including the animated film, An American Tail. Told from a Russian Jewish mouse immigrant perspective, we follow the adventures and misadventures of Feivel and his family, as he is exposed to the glories and perils of American culture and the American immigrant experience.

The Williams Reads book selection for 2019-20 is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

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An American Tail

Starring: Phillip Glasser, Dom DeLuise

A young mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz (Phillip Glasser) and his family emigrate from Russia to the United States by boat after their home is destroyed by cats. During the trip, a fierce storm throws Fievel from the ship, and he loses contact with his family. Luckily, he manages to sail to New York in a bottle. There, Irish mouse Bridget (Cathianne Blore), an Italian mouse named Tony (Pat Musick) and a kindly cat named Tiger (Dom DeLuise) help Fievel search for his loved ones.

  • Director: Don Bluth
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Music

“A bright-eyed tale of Jewish triumphs that will find a place in many young hearts.”

– Washington Post

This is event is part of the year-long programing for Williams Reads, which aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation.

Special Showing

One Cut of the Dead

Saturday, October 12 + Sunday, October 13

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One Cut of the Dead

Starring: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

  • Director: Shinichirou Ueda
  • Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Horror

“A master class in endless narrative inventiveness. An ingeniously ornate horror-comedy — the funniest of its kind this year and in recent memory.”

– Los Angeles Times

Special Showing

Dheepan

Sunday, October 13 at 1pm | Free Admission

This year Williams Reads explores the theme of immigration through various means, including the a free screening of Dheepan, the story of a Tamil freedom fighter in Sri Lanka.

The Williams Reads book selection for 2019-20 is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

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Dheepan

Starring: Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby

In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers – a woman and a little girl – hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the ‘family’ moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his ‘wife’ and his ‘daughter’, but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior’s instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.

  • Director: Jacques Audiard
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“A story of grief, dispossession and desire with immediate, almost tactile, urgency. Like the best fiction, it takes the most incomprehensible stories of our time and makes them hauntingly, inescapably clear.”

– Washington Post

Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Ponyo

Saturday, October 19 + Sunday, October 20

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Ponyo

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder — but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“To watch the image of a young girl burbling with laughter as she runs atop cresting waves in “Ponyo” is to be reminded of how infrequently the movies seem to express joy now, how rarely they sweep us up in ecstatic reverie. It’s a giddy, touchingly resonant image of freedom — the animated girl is as liberated from shoes as from the laws of nature — one that the director Hayao Miyazaki lingers on only as long as it takes your eyes and mind to hold it close, love it deeply and immediately regret its impermanence.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: From Up on Poppy Hill

Saturday, November 2 + Sunday, November 3

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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From Up On Poppy Hill

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and The Secret World of Arrietty, comes another animated triumph. Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Goro Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Drama, History

“From Up on Poppy Hill is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son.”

– Los Angeles Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Negotiating with Nature

Tuesday, November 12 at 5pm

Free film screening with director Stefan van Norden.

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Negotiating with Nature

Compelling and deeply human, Negotiating with Nature examines how the widening disconnect with nature is shaping our lives from many perspectives. In a high-tech world that is increasingly urban, gardens play a critical role as we navigate the transition into a sustainable future through stewardship of the land. This timely film explores how both rural and urban gardens hold an important place on our planet. Featuring iconic American landmarks like Central Park, The High Line, and Mount Vernon Estate, the film journeys from country to city to unearth “resonant inter- connections between a person and the land”.

  • Director: Stefan van Norden
  • Runtime: 58 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“As someone who has spent some 25 years in my garden, I’ve come to realize that the earth itself is a garden, and that we need all the help we can get, caring for it.”

– Stefan van Norden

Sponsored by the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies