Week two left me in awe. Such an immensity of beauty and emotion from films like Le Havre and The Music Room. Starting the week in Denmark and working through Italy, My only respites from Europe were two “trips” to Iran and India. Week two did, however, span the greatest amount of time. From Germany: Year Zero (1948) – The Great Beauty (2013), the transition was startling. Having started just three years after the end of WWII in bomb-riddled Berlin, and seeing, just three days later, the nearly-unscathed Rome of 2013(not to mention the color in which Paolo Sorrentino bathes his film) was truly jarring. Having never seen a Finnish or Iranian film (at least none that are worth recollection), week two was also quite the learning experience. While the Finnish film (Le Havre) was not based in, or involved with Finland, my exposure to Aki Kaurismäki has lead me to an entirely new realm of film discovery (more on that later). Satyajit Ray’s The Music Room offered a glimpse into the feudal/caste system of India, and Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-Up introduced me to the, almost comically-informal Iranian court system. Roberto Rossellini’s Germany: Year Zero opened my eyes to the historically-forgotten post-WWII German peoples, and their (one could argue, deserved) struggles.