Ben Lewin, 2012, USA, 95 min.
Thursday, May 9 at 7:30PM
Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. Discussant - Susan Stiritz, PhD, MSW
Nostalgia For The Light (Nostalgia De La Luz)
Patricio Guzmán, 2010, France, Germany, Chile, Spain, & USA, 90 min.
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30PM
In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet's regime. In Spanish with English subtitles. Discussant - Sheila Heckman, Institute Librarian
The Hedgehog (Le hérisson)
Mona Achache, 2009, France, 100 min.
Thursday, May 23 at 7:30PM
Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents her life and immediate circle, drawing trenchant and often hilarious observations on the world around her. But as her appointment with death approaches, Paloma finally meets some kindred spirits in her building's grumpy janitor and an enigmatic, elegant neighbor, both of whom inspire Paloma to question her rather pessimistic outlook on life. In French with English subtitles. Discussant - Bernard Feinberg, MD