Global Neighborhood Film Series: Art Beyond Borders 

This year's Global Neighborhood theme is Art Beyond Borders. The fall line-up of the annual GN Film Series features fanciful French film, fashion and culture as art, and provocative performance art.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Global Commons 103

Amelie (France, 2001, 122 min, Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet,)

Themes: the art of film

“Amélie” is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Delicatessen”; “The City of Lost Children”) invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue (Wikipedia). 

Discussant: Safia Swimelar (political science/international and global studies)

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Global Commons 103

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (US, 2012, 106 min. Dir: Akers and Dupre)

Themes: performance art, identity, the body

Known for her extreme performance-art installations, many involving nudity and punishing bodily deprivation, Serbian artist Marina Abramovic is one of the few artists of her generation still active in the field. A glamorous art-world icon, a lighting rod for controversy, and a myth of her own making, this film examines her retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), giving her an opportunity to put performance art on the mainstream map (HBO).  

Discussant: Ken Hassell (Art) 


Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. LaRose Digital Theater 

Marie Antoinette (US/France, 2006, 127 min, Dir: Sofia Coppola,)

Themes: fashion, costume, and culture 

An Austrian teenager (Kirsten Dunst) marries the Dauphin (Jason Schwartzman) of France and becomes that country’s queen following the death of King Louis XV in 1774. Years later, after a life of luxury and privilege, Marie Antoinette loses her head during the French Revolution (Wikipedia)

Speaker and discussant: Jack Smith (sponsored by French program)

The Global Neighborhood Film Series is supported by Residential Life and also by the International and Global Studies Program.