Chiaroscuro International Film Series


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Now in its 18th year, the Chiaroscuro International Film Series announces its 2023 series.

Theme: Absence/Presence. The series presents a selection of award-winning films from New Zealand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Finland/France, and Germany.

Using various narratives and cinematic and thematic devices, each film in the 2023 series explores the idea of absence/presence – a universal experience as the world emerges from a life-altering pandemic.

Interested in volunteer, donor, or sponsorship opportunities? Just want to learn more? Visit our website for details:

Join us at our new venue, Wealthy Theatre, located at 1130 Wealthy Street! All are welcome, and admission is free!

Visit the website for information regarding panel discussions, reception, and more. Enjoy an afternoon immersed in world culture without leaving the city! All programs start at 2:00 pm at Wealthy Theatre at 1130 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids, on the Sunday date listed below:

January 8 Waru (Gardiner et al, 2017) New Zealand
Following the death of a child, eight Māori women risk everything for the greater good of their community.

January 22 Quo Vadis, Aida? (Zbanic, 2020) Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ma Aida is a UN translator. When the Serbian army takes over her town, her family shelters in the UN camp.

February 5 Asako I and II (Hamaguchi, 2018) Japan
Asako loves Baku, a free spirit who suddenly disappears. Later, Asako meets Ryohei, who looks just like Baku.

February 19 Le Havre (Kaurismäki, 2011) Finland/France
When a young African refugee arrives in the city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner welcomes him into his home.

March 5 Transit (Petzold, 2018) Germany
A man escaping occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author, whose identity he has assumed.

Wealthy Theatre

Thank you to our partner, Wealthy Street Theater, for hosting the Chiaroscuro International Film Series.

The Chiaroscuro International Film Series is a non-profit cultural and educational organization that fosters a deeper understanding of world cultures through the medium of film. Chiaroscuro presents films in a setting that encourages discussion and enjoyment through a shared social experience.