Passport to World Cinema: Child's Pose

Levitt Auditorium

Presented by the School of Film and the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the "Passport to World Cinema" monthly film series features the past year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the screenings – shown on 35mm film when possible – will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur.

This month features Romanian director Călin Peter Netzer’s sharply crafted “Child’s Pose,” the top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival. The film 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.

Screenings are $5 for the general public and free to both University of the Arts ID holders and PFS members.

Speaker: Heidi Saman
Born and raised in Anaheim, Calif., 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.

Saman 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.

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