Ragtag Cinema’s Passport series brings international films to Colombia


Ragtag Cinema’s annual Passport series returns for its 12th season this fall. During the five-week program, the theater offers local film buffs the chance to see new, critically-acclaimed international films on Wednesdays and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Each screening will be accompanied by a conversation with the audience led by a moderator from or very familiar with the setting of the film. This year’s Passport films span continents and genres, from South Korean romantic thriller to Chilean historical drama. Here is what you can expect from it.

####” Young woman “####
_Projection: October 10, October 11_
Passport’s feature debut in 2018 follows Paula (Laetitia Dosch), a woman who struggles to rebuild and maintain her life in Paris after her longtime boyfriend kicked her out of her apartment. “Young Woman” was hailed for its introspective tone and dark humor and for its all-female key crew. The first French director Léonor Serraille won the Camera d’Or award for best first feature film at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

#### “Too late to die young” ####
_Projection: Oct. 17, Oct. 18_

Set in Chile in 1990, “Too Late to Die Young” follows 16-year-old Sofía (Demian Hernández) as she and her friends grow up in a rural and artistic town. Though the calm and emotionally charged coming-of-age drama unfolds shortly after the country returns to democracy, director Dominga Sotomayor Castillo focuses on lush little moments between his teens and their community ( notably, the film is produced by Rodrigo Teixeira, who also worked on last year “Call Me by Your Name”).

_Projection: 24 oct., 25 oct._

In famed South Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s latest adventure, aspiring writer Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) finds himself embroiled in a mystery when his former classmate Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo) disappears. Chang-dong captures the plot of the short story on which “Burning” is based and adapts themes of male insecurities and shifting class dynamics into a lyrical suspenseful film. Local moviegoers may recognize American actor Steven Yeun (who, after being vastly underused in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series, has racked up a number of independent film credits in recent years) as the rich boyfriend and mysterious of Hae-mi.

#### “The wild pear tree” ####
_Projection: 31 Oct. 1 Nov._

Turkish drama “The Wild Pear Tree” examines themes such as economic desperation, the creative growth of young artists and the place of religion in modern life. In the film, recent college graduate Sinan (Dogu Demirkol) returns home to become a certified teacher and attempts to publish his first novel. As the protagonist navigates the state of his life and his relationship with his game-addicted father, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (who previously won the biggest prize at Cannes for his 2014 film, “Winter Sleep”) develops a visual and intimate vision of the present. Turkey day.

#### “Asako I & II” ####
_Projection: November 7, November 8_

What would you do if someone who looked like your missing lover came up and acted completely differently? This is the predicament that the main character Asako (Erika Karata) faces after the disappearance of her bad boy friend Baku (Masahiro Higashide) and the appearance of the mild-mannered employee Ryôhei (also played by Higashide) to his square. “Asako I and II” is based on the successful 2010 Japanese novel “Netemo Sametemo” and its premise is made realistic and open-ended by director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.

_Edited by Siena DeBolt | [email protected]_


Darcy J. Skinner

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