The best international titles from around the globe, screening for their first and often only time in Philadelphia.
MICHELA OCCHIPINTI | ITALY | 2019 | 94 MIN | NR | HASSANIYA
January 14 | 7:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center
Verida (Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche), a young and modern-thinking woman living in Mauritania, is pressured to begin Gavage, the tradition of gaining a substantial amount of weight in anticipation of an impending arranged marriage. Averaging ten meals throughout the day, Verida reluctantly works towards a more voluptuous body to appease her family and become attractive for her husband-to-be. In the face of such pressure, Verida resists more and more until she ends up hiding a highly controversial secret from her family. Directed by Michela Occhipinti, Flesh Out beautifully explores our relationships with our bodies and examines the dangerous and unattainable beauty standards forced on women all over the world.
HALINA REIJN | NETHERLANDS | 2019 | 98 MIN | NR | DUTCH
February 11 | 7:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center
Starring Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones), this taut Dutch drama follows Nicoline, a highly experienced and professional psychologist with a tough-as-nails exterior. When she is transferred to a new penal facility, she meets Idris (Marwan Kenzari, Aladdin), a serial rapist who, after five years of treatment, is preparing for his first unsupervised outing. Although he is broodingly handsome and outwardly confident, Nicoline sees through his ostensibly charming façade. As the two continue to work together as patient and therapist, the lines of professionalism blur and a cat-and-mouse game begins, putting Nicoline’s sanity and safety on the line.
BRING ME HOME
KIM SEUNG-WOO | SOUTH KOREA | 2019 | 108 MIN | NR
March 10 | 7:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center
After stunning audiences in Park Chan-wook’s Lady Vengeance, Lee Yeong-ae returns in her first film role in over a decade with Kim Seung-woo’s thrilling debut Bring Me Home. Lee brilliantly plays Jung-Yeon, a South Korean mother shaken to her core after suffering immense tragedy. The grieving Jung-Yeon and her husband remain determined to find their kidnapped son–who has been missing for over six years–despite dozens of missing children posters crowding their local police station’s walls. When word reaches Jung-Yeon that a boy in a small fishing village resembles her lost son, she begins to uncover a shocking world of corruption and lies. Kim has created a stark exploration of one woman’s fierce determination and an entire community’s neglect.
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