SyrFilmFest ’10 Comes to SUNY Oswego

12 October 2010

The Syracuse International Film Festival runs October 13-17. On October 16, the festival will screen films on the SUNY Oswego campus, in Room 305 of Park Hall. Here’s what’s on the bill:

7 PM  School Days with a Pig (Japan, 2008) Director: Tetsu Maeda (109 min)

A new elementary school teacher who wants his students to learn ‘the real connection between life and food’ has a proposal for his sixth-grade class: They’ll adopt a piglet and care for it over the course of a year, but at the end of the year, the pig will be eaten. The students eagerly accept the challenge. After all, the end of the year is a long way away and the wriggling piglet is right there in the classroom. They name it ‘P-Chan,’ build a special enclosure on the playground, and take turns with the chores of brushing and feeding it. But the more attached they grow to P-Chan, the more difficult the question of the pig’s fate becomes. Based on a true story that became a subject of national controversy in Japan, School Days With a Pig is a thoughtful and warmhearted engagement with the adult issues of consumption, quality of life, and personal responsibility as seen through the eyes of children.

Man’s Best Friend (Australia) Director: Luke Eve (7 min)

Newlyweds James and Diana are… living the dream with their dog, two cars and new home in the suburbs. A baby would make their life perfect. But James isn’t so sure about that. Why would he want a baby? Not when he’s got Zero, his kelpie, loyal confidante and best friend in the whole world.

(You can watch this video on the Funny or Die website).

9 PM  Maya (Israel, 2009) Director: Michal Bat-Adam

A struggling young actress lands the leading role in a theater production. She is to play the part of a girl who undergoes a traumatic experience and is committed to a mental hospital. The actress, seeking to research her character in depth, spends some time observing in a psychiatric ward. As a result she brings to the role aspects that don’t jibe with the director’s take on the part – creating conflict between herself and the director. By the evening of the play’s premiere, the actress is walking a thin line between acting and madness.

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