The PhilmClub’s female perspectives

For the first time since its debut the PhilmClub is organized exclusively by women, so we thought it appropriate to have this burden of responsibility reflected in our screening selections, too. For the next four or five weeks, we will be screening films that raise questions about the human condition from the perspective of female characters whose stories will take us to different cultures and have us confront, alongside the heroines, various life-situations. So far we have selected three films, and we are asking you, the audience to select the fourth one. Our definition for what may qualify as a film embodying a female perspective is rather broad; however, we have a slight preference for films that address everyday life and/or female fates outside the Western cultural milieu. To suggest films, please write to lippai_cecilia@ceu-budapest.edu or popa_elena@ceu-budapest.edu, or leave a message below.

Here are the three films that we will screen for the next few weeks:

Sept. 28, 6 P.M.

Tuya de hun shi (Tuya’s Marrage), Mongolia, 2006.

Directed by Quan’an Wang. 86 min.

Tuya is the persevering wife of Bater, a herdsman who lost his legs exploring water in the Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) grassland that is fast vanishing as a result of desertification. She takes up the sole responsibility to make a living for the family, but develops a dislocated lumbar from her hard labor and risks paralysis herself. Faced with harsh reality, the couple decides to divorce so that Tuya can seek a better life. Imposing her own conditions of a remarriage – her new husband must take care of Bater, their children and their poor herding land, – the strong-minded, stubborn Tuya embarks on an arduous search for a new husband, and meets suitors who are rich but disingenuous, likable but shy, and saves a suicidal Bater who still longs for Tuya and their children along the way. (imdb)

Oct. 5, 6 P.M.

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation), Iran, 2011.

Directed by Asghar Farhadi. 123 min.

When his wife Simin leaves him, Nader hires a young woman, Razieh to take care of his suffering father. But he doesn’t know that his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband’s permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies, manipulation and public confrontations. (imdb)

Oct. 19, 6 P.M.

Meduzot (Jellyfish), Israel, 2007.

Directed by Shira Geffen, Etgar Keret. 78 min.

Meduzot tells the story of three very different women living in Tel Aviv whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. Batya, a catering waitress, takes in a young child apparently abandoned at a local beach. Keren, a young bride breaks her leg trying to escape from a locked toilet stall, which ruins her chance at a romantic honeymoon in the Caribbean. Last but not least, Joy is a caretaker who doesn’t speak any Hebrew, and is guilt-ridden after having left her young son behind in the Philippines. (imdb)

All screenings will be in Zrinyi 14, room 412.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Please leave your suggestions here!

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2 thoughts on “The PhilmClub’s female perspectives

  1. T. says:

    Dear Philm Club ladies 🙂
    I am not only glad that you are opting for a female perspective for your first set of screenings, but also that you are selecting really really good films. I wanted to suggest a small contribution to it as well – one that seems to step out of your initial idea by dealing with a character that comes from ‘the West’ (namely, Germany), but other than that seems to fit in very well. The film is Yella (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0806686/) by the German director Christian Petzold, and it is an excellent take on the permanent transition of contemporary Germany, the differences between the former West and DDR, as well as one of the best insights I have seen into the drive of the neoliberal economy from the perspective of how it effects the individual – in this case, a woman, Yella. It would probably never have occurred to me to suggest it had I not realized that Petzold’s latest film, Barbara, is playing in cinema in Budapest this week as part of a Goethe Institut initiative – and I also highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.

    Best,
    (and I hope to see you at some of the screenings – they are always at an awkward time for me, but I would really gladly see A Separation again…)

    Tamara

  2. Elena says:

    Dear Tamara,

    Thank you for the suggestions. The film sounds good, we’ll definetly consider it for the fourth screening and I know I’ll surely watch it. I think by the end of the next screening we’ll have a separate blog post with the suggestions we received before deciding on the fourth film, because I think they’re all worth watching.

    Hope to see you at the screenings!

    Elena

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