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GREAT DIRECTORS: ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS, BEST FOREIGN- LANGUAGE FILM

The group will view and critique six films--directed by a range of directors over several decades—that have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.  Instituted as a regular award in 1956, this prize is not awarded to an individual, but to the submitting country as a whole. The following films will be viewed and discussed: Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast (1986); Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988); Marleen Gorris’s Antonia’s Line (1995); Denys Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions (2003); Susanne Bier’s In a Better World (2010), and Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman (2016). The objective is for members to increase their understanding and appreciation of the collaborative art of filmmaking in general, and in particular, to expand their knowledge and appreciation of international filmmakers, past and present. Individual members of the group may assume responsibility for leading the discussion of each film, and members will share their responses and insights into various aspects of the films, such as screenplay, direction, acting, production design, cinematography, themes and symbols, editing, and sound.

 When:  Wednesdays
 Time:  1:00 to 3.30 PM   
 Dates:  Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, and Nov. 21
 Where:  Facilitators’ home

Facilitators are Robert M. Seiler and Tamara P. Seiler, Professors Emeriti, Dept. of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary.

Registration is limited to 12. To register or get on the waiting list e-mail . Participants must indicate whether or not they will be attending each session, and those on the waiting list will be contacted whenever space is available.

Prior to registering, you must be a member of CALL. 

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public


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