MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON – sEPT 16-18

Sept 16 and 17 at 7:30 • Sunday, Sept 18 at 4:15 and 7pm • IU Fine Arts Theater • Stay tuned for more screenings the weekend of Sept 30th. • Purchase Tickets

Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie in this blend of live-action and stop motion animation. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, Marcel and Connie now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy.

Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer Camp’s quirky short films about Marcel have an enthusuastic online following. Marcel is voiced by Slate and Connie by Isabella Rossellini, who’s come a long way since Blue Velvet. (89 min)

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On is one of the most, inventive, and downright lovely films of the year. It’s a film with massive ambitions and an even larger heart. – Collider

The film’s heap of personality tics places it adjacent to Wes Anderson and softer Spike Jonze in a way that would seem smarmily optimistic were it not for the tinges of darkness that Slate, Camp, and co-writer Nick Paley weave into the story. Maybe quirky earnestness is back—so long as it’s done with as much care and insight as this rather marvelous curio. – Vanity Fair

AN UNASSUMING GEM! UNIQUE AND UNFORGETTABLE! -ABC News

One of those movies that sneaks up and surprises you with how good it is. There is great depth to this uncomplicated story. – Film Threat

lOVING HIGHSMITH – sEPT 16-18

Sept 16 and 17 at 7pm • Sunday, Sept 18 at 3:45 and 7:30 • IU Radio & Television Theater • Purchase Tickets

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Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), not unlike her infamous protagonist, the charming and deadly Tom Ripley, led a double life.

Loving Highsmith looks at the life of the visionary American author known for her strange, cinematic stories of suspense.  Strangers on a Train, her first novel, became the Alfred Hitchcock classic. Her second, The Price of Salt (published pseudonymously in 1952), dared to give lesbian lovers a happy ending and was soundly rejected by publishers. Decades later, it was made into the Todd Haynes film Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Highsmith felt forced to keep her sexual identity hidden. Loving Highsmith is based on her private notebooks and diaries (found posthumously in a laundry closet) and the intimate reflections of lovers, friends and family. Excerpts from her diaries voiced by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), beautifully interwoven with interviews and archival material, create a vivid portrait of a woman ahead of her time, whose brilliant literary output belied her belief that “My life is a chronicle of unbelievable mistakes.”  Swiss filmmaker Eva Vitija says that her film, in part, is “a plea for the women of the Highsmith generation who fought for the right to live and love according to their true identity.” (83 minutes)

Filmmaker Eva Vitija does a great service not only to fans of Highsmith’s, but to all of queer history. As seen through the eyes of her former lovers (merely a few of many), Highsmith’s life is brought sharply into focus, revealing as much about her humanity as her work. – Indiewire

Marcy Neiditz: New Work in Clay at By Hand Gallery

For over 35 years, Marcy Neiditz has been a ceramic artist, potter, sculptor and vessel maker. The
artworks in this exhibit embody her love of color, pattern, design and texture—painted and carved
on the surface of clay. Her work often references plant-life, nature, the microscopic world, and is
inspired by the art of indigenous cultures and mid-century modern design. The abstract
characters, drawn on the forms, come from her quirky imagination. The overall surface design
has a narrative quality, and the story is left to the viewer’s imagination.
Her newest body of work, Marcy Neiditz: New Work in Clay – 2022, is on exhibit at By Hand
Gallery, Fountain Square Mall, 101 W. Kirkwood Ave., Ste. 109, Bloomington, IN 47404
www.byhandgallery.com. Ph: 812-334-3255
Exhibit dates are September 2–October 2, 2022. Opening Reception: Friday, September 2nd, 5
pm–8 pm
For more info and images of Marcy’s artwork, visit her website: www.marcyneiditz.com

From France: My Donkey, My Lover & I

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Sept 2 and 3 at 7:30 • Sunday, Sept 4 at 4:15 and 7:30 • IU Radio & Television Theater

Antoinette, a schoolteacher, is looking forward to her long planned summer holiday with her married lover Vladimir, the father of one of her pupils. Their plans are upended, however, when Vladimir’s wife books a surprise hiking trip in the picturesque Cévennes mountains in the South of France. Completely unversed in the ways of the wilderness, the spurned Antoinette impulsively decides to follow them, and once paired with an unlikely companion – an obstinate but evidently wise grey donkey named Patrick – discovers much, much more than she bargained for.

1982: NEW FILM FROM LEBANON OPENS SEPT 9-11

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Sept 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8pm • Sunday, Sept 4 and Sunday, Sept 11 at 3:45 and 7pm • IU Fine Arts Theater
A sensitive, insightful coming-of-age tale set at an idyllic school in Lebanon’s mountains on the eve of a looming invasion. The film unfolds over a single day in 1982 and follows an 11-year-old boy’s relentless quest to profess his love to a girl in his class. As the invasion encroaches on Beirut, it upends the day, threatening the entire country and its cohesion. Within the microcosm of the school, the film portrays a society torn between its desire for love and peace and the ideological schisms unraveling its seams. Filmmaker Oualid Mouaness was inspired by his childhood memories during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. (100 minutes)
Listen to the NPR review

Saturday, August 6 in Bryan Park – An Evening with Tom Roznowski followed by The Grapes of Wrath  – Free!

Bring a blanket. Bring a snack. Bring the dog. It’s time for our summer Under the Stars film program in Bloomington’s parks.

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Bring a blanket. Bring a snack. Bring the dog. It’s time for our summer Under the Stars film program in Bloomington’s parks.

Saturday, August 6 in Bryan Park – An Evening with Tom Roznowski followed by The Grapes of Wrath  WFIU Porchlight host, singer/songwriter Tom Roznowski, will perform from 8-9pm. Then at 9:45, John Ford’s classic film, The Grapes of Wrath, will be shown. Henry Fonda stars as Tom Joad, the iconic itinerant ex-con leading his large family down Highway 66 in search of work and a better life in California, The Grapes of Wrath—one of American literature’s great politically liberal books adapted by a famously conservative auteur—stands as perhaps Ford’s most powerfully compassionate movie.

There are more fun films this summer in the park...

Friday, September 16 in Bryan Park – Encanto (2021) – Rated PG – Dusk
A lot happened at the Oscars this year, so you could be forgiven for forgetting about Encanto’s win for Best Animated Film. Here then is your chance to see (and hear) what the fuss is all about on a lovely summer evening in the park! Encanto is the enchanting story of a multigenerational Colombian family and their teenage daughter who possesses magical powers. Encanto features an incredible, Oscar-nominated score and fantastic original songs that you can overshare on social media!

Saturday, October 1 in Switchyard Park  – Ghostbusters (1984) – Rated PG – Dusk
You know the theme song, you know the legendary cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver. You know the plot: three parapsychologists lose funding from their parent university and decide to go into the business of removing ghosts in New York City. At one point the demigod Zuul shows up in all its stop-motion animated glory! You’ve undoubtedly seen Ghostbusters before, but this time watch it under the stars and quote your favorite lines.

MURINA: NEW CINEMA FROM CROATIA JULY 22-31

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July 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8pm • Sunday, July 24 and 31 at 4:45 and 7pm • IU Radio & Television Theater • Purchase Tickets

We’ve all had a chance to experience Croatia’s beautiful Adriatic coastline in Game of Thrones. But it looks even more beautiful in Murina. And no one loses their head (at least not literally).

Seventeen-year-old Julija spends her days with her strict father Ante, diving for eel (the “murina” of the title) and watching other teens party on a nearby yacht. She longs for independence but is unsure how to achieve it, until the arrival of the rich and mysterious Javier seems to offer a way out.

Equal parts fiery feminist outcry and stirring coming-of-age drama, the Murina announces director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović as a major new talent in world cinema.

94 minutes in Croatian with subtitles

HELLO, BOOKSTORE: JULY 22, 23 & 24

July 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30pm • Sunday, July 17 and 24 at 4:15 and 7:30 • IU Fine Arts Theater • Purchase Tickets

“Hello, bookstore,” is how Matthew Tannenbaum has answered the phone at his Lenox, Massachusetts independent shop every day since 1976. Tannenbaum’s passion for stories runs deep. Charming, avuncular and eccentric, he is a man surrounded by great literature, friendly neighbors, and tree-lined streets in a town where time seems to have stood still.

Documentarian A.B. Zax captures the sensibility of dedicated readers for whom a bookstore is a tiny piece of paradise, a Brigadoon where one savors great words and ideas merely by browsing its wares. Hello, Bookstore is a magical beatnik gem, a valentine to human creativity of both the literary and entrepreneurial kind. When the pandemic renders bookstores off-limits, Tannenbaum needs to regroup, and Zax’s story becomes even more inspiring. 86 minutes

Compelling and heartwarming. Worthy of Hollywood magic created by Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart.” – Thomas Farragher, The Boston Globe

presented in part by Morgenstern’s Bookstore and Village Lights Bookstore (in Madison, Indiana)

MEMORIA: July 8, 9 & 10

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July 8 and 9 at 8pm • Sunday, July 10 at 4:30 and 7:30 • IU Radio & Television Theater • Purchase Tickets

Some directors make movies; others cast spells.

Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton stars as Jessica, a Scottish expatriate orchid farmer living in Bogotá, Colombia. One morning at daybreak, she hears a loud, unidentifiable sound. The noise, which only Jessica seems to hear, carries a foreboding beauty that is part of the surrounding landscape. Unable to escape it, Jessica wanders through the jungle, trying to discover its origin.

Memoria is one of the year’s most anticipated arthouse films, from the extraordinary mind of Cannes Film Festival winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Memoria sidesteps easy categorizations; to call it science fiction would be simplistic. The film’s distributor (NEON) has announced that Memoria will only be shown in theaters; it will never be released on any streaming service or home video.

In English and Spanish with subtitles 136 min

There’s something uniquely intense about hearing an entire audience remain utterly still during a movie’s transporting final minutes, afraid to cough or squeak their seat’s rusty springs or even breathe too loud, for fear of breaking the spell. Memoria inspires that kind of rapture. – The A.V. Club

Weerasethakul’s imagination is philosophical and speculative, and in style he is more a poet than a fabulist, at home in the gaps between our various ways of making sense of the world. The remnants of ancient civilizations and the chaos of a modern life, the flickerings of supernaturalism, science fiction and the literary speculations of Jorge Luis Borges illuminate Jessica’s journey. Critic’s Pick! – The New York Times

Here’s a link to an interview with Tilda Swinton and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Paris, 13th District: June 17-26

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June 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 • Sunday, June 19 at 4:30 • Sunday, June 26 at 4:30 and 7:30 • IU Radio & Television Theater • Purchase Tickets

Transplanting the work of graphic novelist Adrian Tomine from the U.S. to France, Palme d’Or–winner Jacques Audiard (Dheepan) dives into the mores of modern love. A series of overlapping characters and stories begins with Émilie, a young woman hooks up with the first roommate she finds to supplement her income. Meanwhile, young Nora is mistaken for an online sex worker, Amber Sweet (Jehnny Beth, of the post-punk band Savages), and gets in touch with her, only to unexpectedly develop a connection. Casual sex, webcams, and fluidly intertwining relationships are all explored in this unsparing but nonjudgmental portrait of young Parisians in and out of love and lust.

France • French, Mandarin, and English with English subtitles • 105 minutes • Shot in striking black-and-white

Everything looks beautiful in Paris, 13th District, especially the different skin tones and gorgeously entangled bodies of its lovers. CRITICS PICK! –The New York Times

This foursome’s lives intersect in consistently THRILLING and surprising ways, –The Telegraph

Audiard, Mysius and Sciamma, along with their FANTASTIC CAST, create an ENCHANTING and SEDUCTIVE story told through an intimate group of relationships. This beautiful and simple story of young love and finding one’s self through love is one of the most romantic and sexiest films of 2022. –Collider

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