In Bed with Ulysses: June 16 and 19

pictured above: legendary bookseller Sylvia Beach and James Joyce

Thursday, June 16 at 8pm at the IU Fine Arts Theater; Sunday, June 19 at 8pm at the IU Radio & Television Theater

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses. James Joyce’s novel takes place over a 24 hour period in Dublin on June 16th. In Bed with Ulysses is the story behind the writing, publishing, and censoring of one of the most important novels of the modern era. One hundred years later, the censors are at it again.

The movie lets fresh air into “Ulysses” like a gust from the Irish Sea. – The New York Times

Hit the Road: June 10-19

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June 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8pm • Sunday, June 12 and 19 at 4pm and 7pm • IU Fine Arts Theater • Purchase Tickets

A family speeds through the Iranian desert toward the Turkish border: Where are they going? Why is mom paranoid about being followed? Is the dog acting funny? At the wheel is the family’s brooding elder son, with an over-attentive polestar mother riding shotgun, her husband immobilized in the back seat (his leg in a cast) losing a battle of wits with his younger son – whose rascally energy keeps everyone both entertained and exasperated. First-time filmmaker Panah Panahi is the son of Jafar Panahi and apprenticed with the legendary Kiarostami. He makes his debut with a film that’s playfully new, both visually and tonally, yet resonant of the masterful tradition from which he descends. 93 MINS IRAN IN PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

THE QUIET, LOW-KEY MASTERPIECE OF THE YEAR. This Iranian film about a family on a mysterious road trip is funny, tragic, moving and a near-perfect debut movie.
– David Fear, Rolling Stone 

A THRILLING and MYSTERIOUS revelation from Iran… a love story, a tragicomedy, and a triumph.
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“CRITIC’S PICK! A storytelling style that is at once clear and elusive. What makes HIT THE ROAD so memorable and devastating is the way it explores normal life under duress… That invisible cruelty make the tenderness and good humor of this movie all the more precious, and almost unbearable.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

KNIVES OUT: FREE, SAT MAY 28 IN BRYAN PARK

Locations     Free Parking     What else is Showing this Month?     Contact Us      Subscribe to our Newsletter 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, May 28 in Bryan Park – Knives Out (2019) – Rated PG-13 – Dusk
It’s time for a murder mystery in the park! Director Rian Johnson brings a murderers’ row of movie stars to Knives Out, including Chris Evans, LaKeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas, Toni Collette, and many more! This also includes Daniel Craig’s truly unforgettable Southern accent. And lets not forget the theme of that Stones’ song over the closing credits–appropriate for a movie in a park. Knives Out pays tribute to Agatha Christie-style whodunits and even puts its own twist on the genre.

There are more fun films this summer in the park…

Friday, June 17 in Rev. Butler Park – Sing 2 (2021) – Rated PG – Dusk
Where else can you find the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Halsey, Reese Witherspoon, and Bono in one film? Sing 2 has a star-studded, jam-packed, eclectic cast. Koala Buster Moon is back with a bunch of his other fun animal friends to find reclusive aging rock star lion Clay Calloway. They sing! Obviously! But this endearing sequel gives you even more catchy songs to look up too many times on YouTube.

Friday, July 15 in Switchyard Park – A League of Their Own (1992) – Rated PG – Dusk
Baseball and cinema go together like… baseball and hotdogs. Baseball movies just work, and A League of Their Own is one of the best! Featuring an All-Star Team of ‘90s starters like Madonna, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty, and Tom Hanks. Enjoy a nice evening in the park with this awesome movie, and find out if there’s allegedly any crying in baseball (there’s not)!

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.

THE AUTOMAT: May 20-29

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May 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 7:30 • Sunday May 22 and 29 at 4:30 & 7:30 IU Radio & Television Theater • Purchase Tickets
Iconic, elegant, and populist all at once: the automat revolutionized American dining a century ago, long before there were fast food restaurants or hipster coffee shops. Patrons inserted nickels into slots, and slices of lemon meringue pie, mac & cheese, baked beans, and creamed spinach magically appeared from a grid of gleaming chrome windows. Then there was the eatery’s signature 5-cent coffee, cascading from ornate dolphin-headed spouts. To describe the clientele as eclectic would be an understatement. Everyone ate there–young and old, rich and poor, famous (Audrey Hepburn, pictured above) and infamous (Allen Ginsberg). Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, and others pay effusive tribute to this communal Art Deco home away from home. Says Brooks: “You didn’t need a lot of money. You needed a lot of nickels.” Debut filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz combines rare artifacts, images, and memorabilia (including personal photos and deeply affectionate stories from former employees and the founding family) to create a love letter to pie and nickel coffee. (79 min)

CRITIC’S PICK! Sweet and shaggy. An engrossing tale of cultural harmony. Plunges us… into states of delight and visceral lament. Rapturous accounts of the women who changed dollars into nickels… Brooks goes gaga at the thought of the Automat’s coconut custard. FEELS LIKE THE KEY TO SOME LOCK ON THE AMERICAN SOUL. – Wesley Morris, The New York Times

I LOVED THE AUTOMAT. It is something special: a mixture of fragrant recollections and astute social history. What’s surprising in the extreme is how moving the film can be in evoking those places of welcome during an era of American optimism. – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

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Il Buco: May 27-June 5

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May 27, 28; June 3, 4 at 8pm • Sunday, May 29 and Sunday, June 5 at 4pm and 7pm • IU Fine Arts Theater • Purchase Tickets
The extraordinary adventure of the young members of the Piedmont Speleological Group who, having already explored all the caves of Northern Italy, changed course in August 1961 and went South to explore other caves unknown to man, 700 meters below the Earth, in the untouched Calabrian hinterland. The intruders’ venture goes unnoticed by the inhabitants of a small neighboring village, but not by the old shepherd of the Pollino plateau whose solitary life begins to interweave with the group’s journey. Another work of nearly wordless organic beauty that touches on the mystical by Michelangelo Frammartino, the visionary director of Le Quattro Volte; those of you who were lucky enough to see that film when we screened it in 2012 remember the loud, sustained ovation it received. Casting real speleologists, Frammartino meticulously details the exploration of this seemingly fathomless cave of startling wonder and beauty, himself spending hours inside, using cameras with extended fiber optic cables. ( 93 min)

Co-presented by Bloomington Indiana Grotto, a chapter of the National Speleological Society (caves.org).

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Anais in Love: June 3-12

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This buoyant French comedy from filmmaker Charline Bourgeoise-Tacquet follows a free-spirited, 30-something woman in her search for stability. Behind on her rent and her thesis, Anais searches for inspiration while hurtling through lovers with abandon. Things get especially crazy when she falls in love with the wife of a book publisher she had been seeing. This effervescent, cliche-shattering feature debut weaves a tale of self-discovery as literate as it is unexpected, keeping viewers and Anais off-balance until the final scene. (98 min)

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The Girl and the Spider: May 6-15

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May 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 • May 8 and 15 at 3pm • All screenings at the IU Radio & Television Theater Purchase Tickets

Everything is in its proper place, yet nothing is ever what or where it seems. The Girl and the Spider charts several days in the lives of two young women who have shared an apartment: one is in the process of moving out while the other is staying behind. Though its setup is simple, the film—and the ambiguous relationship between the women—is anything but. The architectural precision of the filmmaking belies the inchoate longings that appear to course through the two roommates. As a succession of friends, neighbors, family members, carpenters and movers come and go, the apartment itself becomes an all-seeing, silent presence.  The Girl and the Spider is written and directed by twin brothers Ramon and Silvan Zürcher. It won the Best Director prize at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival. (99 min / in German with subtitles)


Generously supported by the Indiana University Department of Germanic Studies

Tickets: only $8

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The Rose Maker: May 13-22

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May 20 and 21 at 8pm • Sunday May 22 at 4pm and 7pm • All screenings at the IU Fine Arts Theater Purchase Tickets
Artisanal horticulturalist Eve Vernet (Catherine Frot) honors her father’s legacy by continuing the family business, breeding and growing unique roses that compete in showcases all over France. But Eve’s approach struggles to compete with the mass market production from her corporate rivals. With the business facing imminent bankruptcy or liquidation, Eve’s trusted secretary, Vera, makes a last-ditch effort to turn things around by hiring three new employees from a prison rehabilitation program behind Eve’s back. Fred, Samir, and Nadège are misunderstood outcasts with fresh ideas, strong work ethics, and absolutely no gardening skills. In a desperate attempt to save the business, the new team comes up with a perilous plan, and Eve unexpectedly discovers new parts of life that are worth nurturing in this colorful and touching comedy about growing new creations in mature soil. Directed by Pierre Pinaud. (94 min)

The Rose Maker is generously supported by Mary M’s Flowers: 406 West 2nd St.  812.336.3222

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Pandemic Protocols – The Latest

Filmgoers will no longer be asked to wear their masks once they are seated in the theater. However, filmgoers must be vaccinated and should be prepared to show proof of vaccination. Please continue to bring a photo of your vax card. Minors (under 18) have the option of presenting a dated, negative Covid test. Seating will be capped at 35% of capacity.

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Stand With Ukraine Film Festival

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We are hosting a micro festival of films by filmmakers from Ukraine: six rarely seen features and one program of shorts. Admission is free. We are, however, requesting donations; all proceeds will be sent to Ukrainian humanitarian relief organizations. Where will your donation go? A list of aid organizations and descriptions of each film appears here.


The festival is co-sponsored by the IU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures and the Robert F. Byrnes Russian & East European Institute.

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