The Institute for Cultural Communication presents the International Film Series, featuring films headed by female directors. This year’s International Film Series, as curated by the Film Liberation Unit, spotlights the global influence of female directors on cinematic culture. Consistently and wrongfully overlooked for since the inception of the art form, female directors have produced some of the most challenging, innovative, and beautiful works of film ever to reach screens. This small series showcases three important films, ranging from classic to contemporary, all with a feminist tinge.

 

Daisies
Directed by Vĕra Chytilová

Sunday, April 8, 1 pm | Free | At the Speed Cinema

Maybe the New Wave’s most anarchic entry, Věra Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. 1966, Czechoslovakia, video, in Czech with English subtitles, 76 minutes.

 

 

Western
Directed by Valeska Grisebach

Monday, April 9, 5 & 8 pm | Free | At the Floyd Theater

An intense, slow-burning thriller, Western follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but tensions mount when Meinhard, the strong, silent newcomer to the group, starts mixing with the local villagers. The two sides speak different languages and share a troubled history. Can they learn to trust each other—or is the stage being set for a showdown?

With sweeping cinematography and tightly modulated pacing, Western tells a universal story of masculinity and xenophobia on the contemporary frontier of Eastern Europe. Drawing remarkably nuanced performances from a cast of non-professionals, Valeska Grisebach uses the trappings of the western genre to poke and prod at current anxieties about borders and our relationships with our neighbors. 2017, Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, in English, German, and Bulgarian with English subtitles, 119 minutes.

 

Angels Wear White
Directed by Vivian Qu

Tuesday, April 10, 5 & 8 pm | Free | At the Floyd Theater

One of the few films from mainland China to tackle social injustice and feminist subject matter, Angels Wear White is an unflinching portrait of perpetrations against women and the social factors surrounding such behavior. Exploring both the cause and effects of assault, director Vivian Qu carefully captures the entrapment felt by those targeted with a distinct lucidity.

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out. 2017, China, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 107 minutes.