Mountain Film Series

Mountain Film Series

Three motion pictures set in mountains: the French Alps; imagined mountains and Appalachia (Blowing Rock, N.C.).

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 - Force Majeure (2014)-- Introduced and discussion led by Fulbright scholar Christian Quendler of the University of Innsbruck and Josh McClenney, graduate student in Appalachian studies.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 - Snowpiercer (2013) -- Introduced and discussion led by Ellie Dudding, graduate student in Appalachian studies.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 - Goodbye Solo (2008) -- Introduced and discussion led by Ian Kirkpatrick, graduate student in Appalachian studies.

All screenings begin at 6 p.m. at Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114.

Free and open to the campus and community.

Force Majeure (2014)

This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch. To learn more about this film, visit:

Snowpiercer (2013)

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

From acclaimed director Bong Joon Ho (Memories of Murder, The Host), and executive producer Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy), a new sci-fi action classic with a powerhouse international cast:
Chris Evans (Captain America, The Avengers, Push)
Song Kang-ho (The Host, Thirst, Secret Sunshine)
John Hurt (Alien, The Elephant Man, Hellboy)
Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive, I am Love, Michael Clayton)

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Goodbye Solo (2008)

On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever.

Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough, Southern good old boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man’s American dream is just beginning, while the other’s is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, "GOODBYE SOLO" deftly explores the passing of a generation, as well as the rapidly changing face of America.

Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s prestigious FIPRESCI International Critics Prize and named one of the best movies of 2009 by The New York Times, "GOODBYE SOLO" is the latest film from internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Man Push Cart).

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Part of the International Mountain Studies Symposium

This Mountain Film Series supports Appalachian's International Mountain Studies Symposium to be held Tuesday, March 12, 2019 on the fourth floor of Plemmons Student Union. This day-long, interdisciplinary academic event will bring international mountain studies scholars to campus to engage with students, faculty and staff. The invited international scholars will present mountain-focused research alongside members of our campus community whose work intersects with mountain studies. This symposium will highlight the growing field of mountain studies and encourage comparative studies and exchanges between the Appalachian Mountains and other mountain regions around the world.