Each year Crossroads hosts an international film festival at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis to help fundraise for Crossroads’ programs and to provide thought-provoking films from around the world. The Film Festival committee carefully chooses the films, which are shown on Sundays in February. This year will be Crossroads’ tenth annual film festival.
Our 11th annual film festival contines at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis. The festival features five films from five different countries.
The all-volunteer film festival committee spent hours watching and reviewing movies. They selected five films to share with the community including a historical drama, a documentary, and a couple engaging dramas.
The festival continues on February 12 and February 19. Admission is $6 per screening. All screenings are at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis.
The 2017 films are set in China, Columbia, South Korea, Africa, the United States and the Middle East. Themes include immigration, love, mortality, spirituality, friendship, and family. Several touches on cultural exchange as that are relevant to Crossroads International’s core mission.
The 2017 Crossroads International Film Festival Schedule:
1:30 pm Theeb
4:00 pm Don't Cross That River
6:30 pm The Good Lie
1:30 pm Nightingale
4:00 pm The Good Lie
6:30 pm Embrace the Serpent
1:30 pm Don't Cross That River
4:00 pm Nightingale
6:30 pm Theeb
Summaries of the 2017 Selections:
In the Ottoman empire of World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. In the stunning setting of southern Jordan, the boy uses his nascent survival skills to outwit potential enemies in this Lawrence of Arabia era story grounded in Bedouin-specific customs.
Language: Arabic, French, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, Italian, w/ English subtitles
My Love Don’t Cross That River
This documentary film follows an elderly married couple during the last 15 months of their 76-year marriage. We see the couple in their mountain village, details of their everyday life, interactions with family and companion pets. A moving tribute to the intimacy and devotion between two people, this became the most commercially successful Korean documentary/independent film of all time.
Language: Korean w/ English subtitles
The Good Lie
After the massacre of their village in the Second Sudanese Civil War, four orphaned children make an arduous, dangerous trek to reach safety in a refugee camp. Years later, they are allowed to resettle in the US. They must adjust to an alien culture while their traumatic pasts haunt them. They find new friends, and everyone strives to understand each other in a challenge that changes their lives. (The film feature Reese Witherspoon.)
To keep a promise to his deceased wife, Zhigen returns to his native village to release his bird, his sole companion in Beijing. Circumstances force him to take his spoiled young urban granddaughter Renxing. Grandfather and granddaughter travel together, one back in time, the other discovering her roots. Her parents ponder the meaning of the life they have led in pursuit of success and money.
Language: Chinese w/ English subtitles
Embrace of the Serpent
Inspired by the journals of two explorers in search of a sacred psychedelic plant, this stunning film reveals the ravages of colonialism that cast a dark shadow over the Colombian Amazon landscape. The story, blistering and poetic, centers on Karamakate, shaman and last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who build a friendship with him.
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Aboriginal, German, Catalan, Latin, English w/ English subtitles
The festival is a fundraiser for Crossroads International. Since 1969, Crossroads International promoted friendship and cultural sharing in Corvallis and surrounding communities. Programs include a three-day homestay for incoming international OSU students and a conversation school for women. For more information visit Crossroads on the Web or Facebook.
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Screenings: 2/7 1:30 pm and 2/14 6:30 pm at the Darkside Cinema
Length: 100 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Synopsis: Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By coincidence some of Kristoffer's video diaries end up with the producer of the popular talk show "Karsten Tonight" in TV2. A few weeks later Kristoffer's life has become TV entertainment. People love the sequences from his commune at Tøyen: Kristoffer's half-twisted view of his surroundings, his crazy best friend Geir, not to mention the weird web designer Stig Inge, who hasn't set foot outside the Tøyen shopping center for two years. Kristoffer's future again looks bright, everyone likes him, but revealing your life on national television comes with a price tag. As Kristoffer's future in the TV business looks brighter and brighter, his friends start suffering. Geir's big secret is revealed, and Stig Inge's personal problems are much more serious than Kristoffer first thought.
Screenings: 2/14 4:00 pm and 2/21 6:30 pm at the Darkside Cinema
Setting: France to Mecca
Length: 108 minutes
Synopsis: Reda, summoned to accompany his father on a pilgrimage to Mecca, complies reluctantly - as he preparing for his baccalaureat and, even more important, has a secret love relationship. The trip across Europe in a broken-down car is also the departure of his father: upon arrival in Mecca, both Reda and his father are not the characters they were at the start of the movie. Avoiding the hackneyed theme of the return to the homeland, the film uses the departure to renew a connection between two generations.
This film will be followed by a post-film discussion, details TBA
Screening: 2/21 1:30 pm at the Parkside Cinema
Language: English (dubbed)
Setting: Africa (not specific)
Length: 74 minutes
Genre: Family, Animation, Folk Tale
Synopsis:In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village.
Screenings: 2/7 4:00 pm and 2/21 4:00 pm at the Darkside Cinema
Language: Portugese - English
Length: 78 minutes
Synopsis: Defying the idea that ballet is an art form steeped in the history of the wealthy white elite, this documentary captures the dreams of two black children from the Favela in Brazil, who, despite constant prejudice and doubt, are both determined to beat the odds and follow their dreams to use dancing as an escape rarely found in their tough day to day lives.
Screenings: 2/7 6:30 pm and 2/14 1:30 pm at the Darkside Cinema
Language: Spanish - English
Length: 86 minutes
Synopsis: In a small coastal town of fishermen in Uruguay, the biologist Kraken works and lives in a house at the sea side with his wife Suli and their aggressive fifteen year-old daughter Alex. When Suli welcomes her former best friend Erika that comes with her husband, the surgeon Ramiro and their teenage son Alvaro to spend a couple of days with her family, Kraken learns that his wife invited Ramiro to operate Alex. Meanwhile Alex and Alvaro feel attracted by each other; however, Alvaro finds that Alex is hermaphrodite and she finds that Alvaro is gay. But the troubled and outcast Alex has the right to choose what gender she wants for her.
Admission is $6 per film and discounted festival Passports are available for $25. For more information on how to order Passports, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to see a schedule and overview of 2015's films.
The festival has always been a combination of cultural event and fundraising event. We hope that our tenth annual festival will be the best yet! You can help make it our record high.
Ways to Help With Our Annual Film Festival:
Volunteer: Our all-volunteer festival planning committee will convene in late Spring to early Summer.
Sponsor: Running an event featuring quality films from around the world would be impossible for a small nonprofit organization like Crossroads if we did not have our financial sponsors! We also value our in-kind donors who provide necessary goods and services such as printing tickets. If you run a business (or know someone who does), we would love to have another sponsor or two on board!
Please e-mail Crossroads International at crossroadsOSU@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved with the Crossroads International Film Festival as a volunteer or sponsor.