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MCC International Film Series: Fall 2011

Titles, descriptions of all films shown in the MCC International Film Series

The King's Speech

September 23 - The King’s Speech (United Kingdom) - After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill, the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Winner of 2011 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth). English. 118 mins.

The Concert

October 21 – The Concert (France/Russia) - A former Bolshoi superstar conductor was removed from his position in 1980 for ignoring Brezhnev’s orders to eject the orchestra’s Jewish musicians.  Now working as a janitor at the Bolshoi, he intercepts a fax inviting the Bolshoi’s orchestra to come perform in Paris. Rounding up old friends, and an old enemy, Aleksei Guskov sets out to create a group that can impersonate the Bolshoi, travel to Paris, and present the Tchaikovsky concert he never got to finish in 1980. Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film. French/Russian. 119 mins.

Biutiful

November 18 – Biutiful (Mexico/Spain) - Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.  His livelihood is earned by sustaining a number of illegal rackets, including human trafficking. His sacrifices for his children know no bounds.  Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins. Javier Bardem stars and was nominated for 2011 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The film was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Spanish. 148 mins.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

December 9 – Exit Through the Gift Shop (United States/United Kingdom) - The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. Nominated for 2011 Academy award for Best Documentary. English. 87 mins.