Compelling films from around the world will be featured at the 2010 Crossroads International Film Festival. This year’s festival will open on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St, Corvallis and continue on four consecutive Sundays. The Festival will close on March 7 with an awards event.
Kicking off the festival at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 is “James’ Journey to Jerusalem,” a smart and funny social satire about a deeply religious youth who is sent by his Christian Zulu tribe on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem only to find that Israel is no longer the Holy Land that James and his people imagined. Special cultural activities, ethnic food, or discussions will accompany some of the films. The schedule follows below.
Advance tickets may be purchased at Grassroots Books and Music, 227 SW 2nd Street; Corvallis; 444 Snell Hall, OSU; and at the Darkside Cinema on the day of the show. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children or students with ID (no credit cards). Passports for $50 good for seven admissions are available at the OSU location and at the cinema on festival days. Crossroads members receive a discount on Passports. All proceeds go to Crossroads International, which offers programs promoting friendship, hospitality and language assistance to international students, scholars and their families visiting Oregon State University.
2010 Crossroads International Film Schedule
James ’Journey to Jerusalem, S. Africa, Israel (87 min., in Hebrew, Zulu w/English subtitles)
Plays on Feb. 7 at 1:30 and Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.
From a Christian village in Africa, James undertakes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. But Israel is not the Holy Land James and his people imagined. James’ journey takes him through the cruel heart of the economic system as he learns the tricks of the game and plays it toward an inevitable end.
Post-film discussions with Ze’ev Orzech and Ofer Heyman
Food sampling will be offered Feb. 7 courtesy of First Alternative Co op.
War Dance, Uganda (105 min., in English, Acholi w/English subtitles)
Plays on Feb. 7 at 4 and Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
In this Best Documentary Oscar nominee, three youngsters in a war-ravaged world in which children are abducted and forced to fight in the rebel army find hope through a traditional song and dance music festival.
Ugandan tribal dance demonstrations will be featured on Feb. 7 at 5:45 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 6:15 p.m.
Taare Zameen Par, India (165 min., in Hindi w/English subtitles)
Plays on Feb. 7 at 6:30 and Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.
A chronic daydreamer, dyslexic Ishaan’s life takes a turn for the worse when his parents send him to boarding school. But his misery abates when the art teacher helps this imaginative young student discover his true identity. Winner of India’s National Film Award (equivalent to the Oscars) for Best Family Picture in 2008.
The Grocer’s Son, France (74 min., in French w/English subtitles)
Plays on Feb. 14 at 1:30 and Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
The rolling countryside of Provence may be a dream vacation spot, but it is the last place in the world the sullen 30-year-old protagonist of this story would like to be. In this French variation of the fable of the prodigal son, Antoine reluctantly returns to his rural hometown after 10 years in the big city when his father has a heart attack.
French treats provided by Le Patissier
Viva Cuba, Cuba (89 min., in Spanish w/English subtitles)
Plays on Feb. 14 at 4 and Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Ten-year old Malú’s divorced mother plans to leave the country taking Malu with her. Unwilling to leave, Malu and her best friend Jorge run away. During their trip to the other side of the island to find Malu’s father before he signs papers permitting her to emigrate, the viewer is treated to beautiful scenery and glimpses of Cuban life.
The Drummer, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany (115 min. in Mandarin, Cantonese w/English subtitles) Plays Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Gorgeous mountain landscapes, Zen practice, and gangsters make an unlikely combination, but The Drummer explores each of these worlds in this rite-of-passage film about a gangster’s son who turns his life around when he joins a Zen drumming group.
Drumming Demonstration at 6:10
Bella, USA (90 min., in English, Spanish w/English subtitles) Plays on Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Two lost souls, Nina a pregnant, unmarried waitress, and Jose, an introspective cook with a tragic past, find solace in each other as their lives become linked one incredible day. An inspirational story about love, hope, and forgiveness.
More information available on the Crossroads website: http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads