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The Philadelphia Film Society and the University of the Arts are proud to present Passport to World Cinema, a handpicked selection of the year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the monthly screenings will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur. The ongoing partnership, now in its second year, encourages cinematic discussion and film education among local students and audiences via contemporary masterpieces.
About the film
The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Călin Peter Netzer’s sharply crafted Child’s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu (Best Supporting Actress, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Los Angeles Film Critics) as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. Savagely witty and utterly engrossing, Child’s Pose is also the Official Romanian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
Director: Calin Peter Netzer
Cast: Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab
Run time: 112 minutes
Official Selection of: 2013 Berlin Film Festival
Film Discussion led by Heidi Saman
Born and raised in Anaheim, California, Heidi Saman attended the University of California, San Diego where she studied World Literature and Gender Studies. After graduation, Saman was accepted to the Presidential Scholar Program at The American University in Cairo. There she worked in media relations as a writer, copy editor, and photographer. She was also a freelance journalist for The Cairo Times News Magazine, where her stories focused on gender-related issues in Egypt and the Middle East.
In 2007, Saman completed a master's degree in Film and Media Arts on a Future Faculty Fellowship from Temple University. She was awarded the prestigious Jack G. Shaheen Scholarship Award for her creative visual work with Arabs and Arab-Americans. Her thesis film, a short film she wrote and directed called The Maid (il Shaghala), was shot in Cairo, Egypt and premiered in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The film has gone on to screen at festivals worldwide, including Dubai, Slamdance, and many others.
Heidi was recently a fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Workshop in Philadelphia where she developed the script for her first feature film, Namour. She successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to raise partial production funds for Namour, which will go into production this May.
Currently, Saman is an associate producer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
General Admission: $5.00
PFS Members: FREE
UArts Current Students & Faculty: FREE
When & Where
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)’s mission is to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the Roxy theater, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change.