Global Cinema at Susi Q focuses on outcasts

Susi Q’s Global Cinema kicks off its 10-week summer session on Tuesday, June 25 at 12:30 p.m. Instructor Kathryn Kramer, winner of the American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Prize and Irvine Valley College’s 2017 Emeritus Teacher of the Year, offers selections with compelling narrative structures based on character-driven plots. 

True stories inspired half of this summer’s schedule, including some personal favorites Annette Bening’s Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

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“Film Stars Don’t Die” in Liverpool plays on July 30

Becoming Astrid explores the adolescent period of Astrid Lindgren’s life before Pippi Longstocking became a children’s lit phenomenon. The Cat’s Meow casts Eddie Izzard as Charles Chaplin, for which he won stellar reviews.

The cost is $40 per person for 10 weeks; a drop-in single class is $5. Register at the front desk at the Susi Q. Use City of Laguna Beach registration forms with checks payable to the “City of Laguna Beach.” 

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“Becoming Astrid” explores the adolescent period of Astrid Lindgren’s life

The full film schedule includes:

--June 25 – Twin Sisters (2002, Holland, 138 min.) – Based on the Dutch best seller De Tweeling. Directed by Ben Sombogaart (Bride Flight). 

--July 2 – Bride Flight (2008, Holland/New Zealand, 130 min.) – Three women head to New Zealand for marriage; drawn from the true stories of women aboard the victorious KLM race of 1953.

--July 9 – Disobedience (2018, UK, 114 min.) – Returning to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her, a woman confronts her sexuality. Stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.

--July 16 – The Horse Thief (1986, Tibet, 88 min.) – Language Mandarin, English subtitles.

--July 23 – A Prophet (2009, France, 155 min.) – A teen gets tossed into a prison ruled by the Corsican Mafia. Won 50 awards.

--July 30 – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017, UK, 105 min.) – Annette Bening stars as Gloria Grahame in a memoir by her younger lover Peter Turner (Jamie Bell).

--August 5 – Pure (2003, UK, 96 min) – Stars Molly Parker and Keira Knightley. Won 4 awards.

--August 12 – Becoming Astrid (2018, Sweden, 123 min.) – A pregnant teen becomes an author.

--August 17 – Truman (2015, Spain, 108 min.) – Stars Ricardo Darin as a man who receives an unexpected visit from a friend.

--August 24 – The Cat’s Meow (2001, USA, 114 min.) – Peter Bogdanovich reimagines an ill-fated weekend aboard Hearst’s star-studded yacht party. Kirsten Dunst shines as Marion Davies.

The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.