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SFCC International Film Festival 2018

Thirteenth Annual Spokane Falls Community College International Film Festival

Every Tuesday at 7:15 PM from April 17 to May 15, 2018 at the Garland Theater

Admission for CCS/SFCC/SCC students and employees is FREE with college ID.
All other admission is $5.

For more information, contact SFCC Spanish instructor Gabriel Valenzuela at (509) 533-3472 or Gabriel.Valenzuela@sfcc.spokane.edu

April 17, 2018
Film 1
The Women on the 6th Floor  •  France  •  2010

Set in Paris in the 1960s, this story alternates between two different worlds. One is a wealthy bourgeois family in a comfortable apartment; the other is the underpaid and overworked domestic servants living in cramped conditions above them. As few French people want to take on such work, the jobs are taken by Spanish women, eager to escape the poverty and oppression of the Franco dictatorship, who bring with them their native solidarity and human warmth.

  • Not Rated
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Language(s): French, Spanish
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Sponsor: French Club
April 24, 2018
Film 2
Sweet Bean  •  Japan  •  2015

A film by Cannes Film Festival favorite, Naomi Kawase, Sweet Bean tells an intergenerational tale about the manager of a struggling pancake stall who hires an odd, elderly woman whose bean jelly transforms lives and creates community. This sweet, beautiful film slowly unfolds to reveal the promise of food, the joy of a good day's work, and the transformative power of unexpected friendship.

  • Not Rated
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Language(s): Japanese
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Sponsor: Japanese Club
May 1, 2018
Film 3
The Danish Girl  •  UK/USA/Germany/Denmark/Belgium  •  2015

Based on a true story, The Danish Girl is a biographical film about the first sexual reassignment surgery that was attempted in the 1920s. Although Einar and his wife Gerda are a happily married couple, they recognize that on the inside, Einar is female. After attempting cures, the voyage of self-discovery leads to Einar undergoing the first ever sex-change operation.

  • Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Language(s): English, French, German
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Romance
  • Sponsor: The Alliance Club
May 8, 2018
Film 4
Youth  •  China  •  2017

Youth is a period drama that spans the turbulent time of the Cultural Revolution through China's involvement in the Vietnam War. The film focuses on doomed lovers, a hard-luck dancer, and a square-jawed soldier, who live through these extraordinary times.

Because of the film's pessimistic portrayal of Chinese society, the Chinese Government Film Bureau blocked its release for a period of time. As a sign of changing times in Chinese cinema, banned songs of Taiwanese pop star Teresa Teng flare up in the film.

  • Runtime: 135 min
  • Language(s): Mandarian
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance
  • Sponsor: International Club
May 15, 2018
Film 5
Esteban  •  Cuba  •  2016

Esteban unfolds in Havana, Cuba as an eight-year-old boy pursues his dream of playing the piano. With a strong sense of realism and emotion, the harsh side of the current situation in Cuba is revealed. The music in the film pays tribute to the great Cuban piano godfather, Chucho Valdes.

  • Rated PG
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Language(s): Spanish
  • Genre(s): Drama, Musical
  • Sponsor: Spanish Club