The International Film Series wraps up the academic year with a screening of “The Bear,” a 1988 French film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, on Friday.
Doors at International House, Davis, 10 College Park, opens at 7:30 p.m., with the film beginning promptly at 8 p.m.
“The Bear” has virtually no dialogue, but it is not a documentary. Adapted from a 1916 novel by James Oliver Curwood, the story takes place in 19th century British Columbia (although it was filmed in the Dolomites and Canadian Arctic) and deals with a young bear cub who, after losing his mother in a rock slide, eventually bonds with a male grizzly.
The film offers amazing close-up looks at bear behavior, including some interaction with hunters (Jack Wallace, Tcheky Karyo and Andre Lacombe), and emphasizes the integrity of all species. Animal rights groups have praised the film.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
The series will take its customary break during July and August, and will resume on Friday, Sept. 2.