BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University Libraries and the Department of English are hosting the Greenbriar International Film Festival on four Tuesdays throughout the Spring 2024 semester. All screenings will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenbriar Theatre on the second floor of the Plemmons Student Union. Admission is free and open to the general public. For a disability accommodation, visit odr.appstate.edu.
The Spring 2024 theme, “Culture Clash,” showcases films from Sweden, Colombia, Spain and China that tell stories where class and cultural differences escalate drama among characters. Included in the “Culture Clash” schedule is the 2022 film Triangle of Sadness, one of the “Best Picture” nominees at the 95th Academy Awards.
Below are the details for the four films:
Tuesday, February 6, 2024:
Triangle of Sadness (Ruben Östlund, Sweden, 2022, 147 minutes)
Satire is alive and well in this scabrous fable about the super-wealthy, and the harried crew hired to serve the super-wealthy, aboard a luxury cruise. When their boat encounters both natural and man-made turbulence, social roles are pushed far beyond their capitalist-dictated limits.
Tuesday, February 27, 2024:
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, Colombia, 2015, 125 minutes)
Decades apart, a Colombian shaman makes two treacherous journeys—one with a German ethnographer and the second with an American botanist—into the Amazon rain forest to find a sacred plant. The result is a bracing fable that explores colonialism and ecological devastation.
Tuesday, March 26, 2024:
The Beasts (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, France / Spain, 2023, 138 minutes)
French farmers Olga and Antoine work their land in northern Spain, until tensions with their prejudiced neighbors escalate into eerie suspense. Variety: “The film’s big scene is upsetting and unforgettable, one of those movie moments you can’t unsee and which seems destined to haunt you for years to come.”
Tuesday, April 16, 2024:
The Farewell (Lulu Wang, USA, 2019, 100 minutes)
In this hit movie from hot studio A24, Awkwafina is a Chinese-American daughter upset by how her family hides a medical diagnosis from her grandmother. CNN calls The Farewell a “small melancholy movie” that deals with death in an “utterly charming, understated manner.”
The films selected for the Greenbriar International Film Festival represent a range of contemporary and classical films by established and emerging filmmakers, shown in a theater equal to the best available anywhere. Join University Libraries and the Department of English for these exceptional cinematic achievements.
About University Libraries
University Libraries at Appalachian State University contributes to the campus mission of learning, teaching, advancing knowledge, engagement and effectiveness. Belk Library and Information Commons along with the Nicholas Erneston Music Library provide academic resources for all students and faculty. Within the library, students and faculty find group and quiet study spaces, the Digital Media Studio, the inspire lab, the Idea Factory, digital devices to check out, and special collections such as the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and Instructional Materials Center. Learn more at https://library.appstate.edu.
About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at https://english.appstate.edu.