La Source des Femmes (October 26th, 19:00)

This Friday we are going to screen the fourth film of the female perspectives theme. To conclude the series in a hopeful note, we have chosen La Source des Femmes. You can find the other relevant suggestions we received in the previous entry.

Also, notice the time change. For this week only, the screening has been moved one hour later from the usual time.

La Source des Femmes, France, 2011

Directed by Radu Mihaileanu

135 minutes

The story takes place in current times, in a small village somewhere between North Africa and the Middle East. The women fetch water from a mountaintop spring in the blazing sun. They’ve done that since the beginning of time. Leila, a young bride, urges the women to launch a love strike: no more cuddling, no more sex until the men run water into the village. (

Friday, October 26th, 7 pm

Zrinyi 14/room 412

The Philm Club aims at screening and discussing movies that raise philosophically relevant issues in accessible as well as entertaining ways.


Here is a list with the film suggestions we have received for the fourth screening, in case anyone would like to watch more movies on the topic. We will shortly announce the choice for the next screening. Thanks to Rika, Metaksya, and Tamara for the suggestions!

Zanan-e bedun-e mardan (Women without men) , Iran, 2009

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d’état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship. (imdb)

Baran, Iran, 2001

directed by Majid Majidi

In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat’s secret changes both their lives. (imdb)

Yella, Germany, 2007

directed by Christian Petzold

Yella is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can’t quite bring himself to give her up. When their fraught interaction finally comes to dramatic conclusion, Yella’s life takes an odd shift. (imdb)

La source des femmes, France, 2011

Directed by Radu Mihaileanu

A comedy/drama set in a village and centered on a battle of the sexes, where women threaten to withhold sexual favors if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well. (imdb)

The stoning of Soraya M., 2008

Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh

A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a tragic ending.(imdb)

Female perspectives: film suggestions

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 or, 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!