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MCC International Film Series: Fall 2012

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

The Artist

September 21 - The Artist (France/Belgium) - Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. Stars Jean Dujardin. Winner of 2012 Oscar for Best Picture. 100 mins. Dramady. English intertitles. Rated PG-13.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

October 19 - Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Japan) – In the basement of a Tokyo office building, 85 year old sushi master Jiro Ono works tirelessly in his world renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father's shoes and taking over the legendary restaurant, Jiro relentlessly pursues his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi. Nominee at Tribeca Film Festival. 81 mins. Documentary. Japanese. Rated PG.

The Last Circus

November 16 - The Last Circus (Spain/France) - 1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father's career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life - he's simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters. Stars Carlos Areces. 101 mins. Drama. Spanish. Rated R.

Oranges and Sunshine

 December 7 - Oranges and Sunshine (United Kingdom/Australia) – Oranges & Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the organised deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia where they were thought to be lost in the system forever. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Stars Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving. 100 mins. English. Rated R.