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University of Richmond's International Film Series fills in some blanks on Richmond's screen scene. 

All Over the Map

You can stop grousing about all of those foreign films you read about in the New York Times that never make it to the Westhampton Theater. The spring session of the University of Richmond's Eleventh Annual International Film Series begins Jan. 20 and offers a cinematic cornucopia of films from every corner of the globe. Better yet, the series is free and open to the public. Each film is shown three times: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in Adams Auditorium of Boatwright Memorial Library; Fridays at 3 p.m. in Adams Auditorium; and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. in Jepson Hall, Room 118. All films are shown in the original language with English subtitles. Jan. 20, 21, 23 "Rouge" (Hong Kong, 1988) Directed by Stanley Kwan, "Rouge" recasts the conventions of the ghost story into a poignant, touching work that artfully mixes realism with fantasy and tradition with modernity. Jan. 27, 28, 30 "Bu Jian Bu San"(China, 1998) In this comedy, two Chinese expatriates living in California find that their paths keep crossing, for good or ill. Feb. 3, 4, 6 "The Wedding Banquet"(Taiwan, 1993) A gay New Yorker suggests a marriage of convenience with a young woman to satisfy his traditional Taiwanese family. The wedding becomes a major inconvenience when his parents fly in for the ceremony. Directed by Ang Lee. Feb. 10, 11, 13 "The Swindle" (France, 1998) "The Swindle" centers on two cool artists who make a living by fleecing suckers at businessmen's conventions. This is director Claude Chabrol's 50th film. Feb. 17, 18, 20 "West Beirut"(Lebanon, 1999) A free-spirited teenager tries to get his Super-8 home movie developed in war-torn, 1975 Beirut in this fresh, intimate, funny and poignant drama. This autobiographic film marks an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Ziad Doueiri who began his U.S. career as Quentin Tarantino's cameraman. Feb. 24. 25, 27 "Earth" (India, 1998) The second film in Indian director Deepa Mehta's trilogy, "Earth" is set in Lahore, where Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees and Muslims share a peaceful coexistence — until a train of Muslims arrives at a local depot and all of its passengers are found murdered. March 16, 17, 19 "Regeneration" (Scotland, 1998) Director Gilliers MacKinnon looks at the horrors of war and the effects they have on the men and women who must endure them. March 23, 24, 26 "The City" (U.S., 1999) This black-and-white Spanish film about Latin-American immigrants living in New York recalls the Italian tradition of neo-realism. Director David Riker spent five years researching this project and working with non-professional actors to capture life on the streets of New York's Latino community. March 30, 31 and April 2 "No"(Canada, 1998) A provocative black comedy set in 1970, the plot shuttles between gritty Montreal and Osaka, where the World's Fair is taking place. Directed by Robert Lepage. April 6, 7, 9 "After Life"(Japan, 1998) Over the span of a week, 22 souls arrive at a way-station between life and death where they are asked to choose just one memory to take with them into the afterlife. Once they have chosen a memory, it is recreated and filmed by the staff of the way-station. The director, Hirokazu Kore-eda, interviewed 500 people about their memories in preparation for this
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