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SFCC International Film Festival

Films are shown at 7:15 PM on five consecutive Tuesday evenings at The Garland Theatre. CCS students and employees are admitted free with college ID; all others pay a general admission fee of $5.00. Ticket sales help fund next year's festival.

For information, contact SFCC Spanish instructor Gabriel Valenzuela, 533-3472 or Gabriel.Valenzuela@sfcc.spokane.edu

April 18, 2017
Film 1
Instructions Not Included  •  2016  •  Mexico

Instructions Not Included is a Mexican film starring the famous Mexican comedian, Eugenio Derbez. Derbez also wrote the script and directed the film.

The major character, Valentin, takes on a job as a stuntman in Hollywood to support a daughter who was dumped on his doorstep. Serious issues such as immigration, the need for an education, paternity battles, and same-sex marriage are all handled through comedic scenes. Although most of the film is set in Los Angeles, the film also has scenes in Mexico that reveal Mexican culture.

Be prepared to laugh as the film speaks to universal themes about love, fear, parenthood and death.

Rated PG-13

Sponsored by: Spanish Club

April 25, 2017
Film 2
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog  •  2004  •  Japan

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog is a Japanese documentary about the process of training service dogs.

The film follows Quill, a yellow Labrador puppy, who has unusual empathy and remarkable patience. We follow Quill through his formal training to his eventual assignment to Mr. Wanatabe, a lonely and ill-tempered middle-aged man.

Quill reveals much about Japanese culture and is not a standard Disney movie. The film highlights the cycle of life and raises awareness about the visually impaired.

Bring the kids to this one. Subtitles are about 4th grade reading level.

Sponsored by: Japanese Club

May 2, 2017
Film 3
Cloudburst  •  2011  •  Canada

Cloudburst is a Canadian film that tells a hilarious road story, similar to Thelma and Louise. The two major characters (Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker) are lesbians who are over 70 years old. Rather than be separated when one partner's children seek to place her in a rest home for the elderly, they decide to escape to Canada where their marriage would be legal.

The setting of Nova Scotia is superbly photographed. The theme visualized is, "love has no boundaries."

Advisory Warning: sex, nudity, profanity, and drugs

Sponsored by: Alliance Club

May 9, 2017
Film 4
The President  •  2014  •  Georgia

The President was directed by an exiled Iranian filmmaker who shot his film in The Democratic Republic of Georgia, yet the story could take place in any country that is ruled by a tyrannical dictator.

The film opens with the overthrow of the president, who escapes with his grandson. While disguised, he witnesses firsthand the dark side of human nature and the distressing horrors that escalate during a revolution.

Sponsored by: International Club

May 16, 2017
Film 5
Marguerite  •  2015  •  France

Marguerite loosely retells the story of a noted American, Florence Foster. Marguerite believes she has a beautiful voice and invites guests to lavish parties where she entertains her guests with her singing. She eventually opts to share her dreadful musical talent with the public.

The film is considered by critics to be "touching, funny, and thoughtful." Cover your ears and open your heart.

Rated R for brief graphic nudity, sexual content, and drug use

Sponsored by: French Club