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American Animals

March 30 - April 20

Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren, college students, dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence but they are haunted by the fear they may never be special in any way. Spencer is given a tour of the University of Kentucky’s incredibly valuable rare book collection and describes it all to Warren. Suddenly, it hits them—they could pull off one of the most audacious art thefts in recent history from the university’s special collections library–they would steal a rare edition of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species.  They recruit two other friends and hatch a plan.

The film’s title is a quotation from Darwin about the flora and fauna of Kentucky. An inventive truth-is-stranger than fiction tale, American Animals is narrated by the four would-be thieves and interspersed with dramatic reconstructions.  Directed by Bart Layton. (116 min)

Co-feature: Museo

I WAS ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT! With enormous flair, Layton dramatizes a staggeringly daring robbery attempted by college students in this bizarrely gripping true-crime thriller  – The Guardian

SMASHINGLY ENJOYABLE! – The Telegraph

It’s rare to see a film which genuinely BREAKS NEW GROUND, which is why this picture should be embraced with glee. – Screen International

A clever NEW KIND OF TRUE-CRIME THRILLER…Writer-director Bart Layton’s approach is half forensic, half surreal, a docudrama bedazzled by fourth-wall breaks and winking what-ifs. It’s bravura look-at-me filmmaking, and undeniably fun. – Entertainment Weekly

Saturday, March 30
American Socialist: 4pm IU Fine Arts Theater – Last Chance!
American Animals – 5:15 IU Global & International Theater
The Wild Pear Tree – 6pm IU Fine Arts Theater
Museo (Museum) – 7:45 Global & International Theater

 

Sun, March 31 @ Bear’s Place
Museo (Museum) 4pm
American Animals 6:45

Friday April 5
The Wild Pear Tree – 6:45 IU Fine Arts Theater
The Distant Barking of Dogs – 7:45 IU Global & International Theater

Saturday, April 6
The Wild Pear Tree – 4pm IU Fine Arts Theater – Last Chance!
The Distant Barking of Dogs – 7:30 IU Fine Arts Theater

Sun, April 7 @ Bear’s Place
Museo (Museum) – 5pm
American Animals – 7:45

Friday April 12
The Distant Barking of Dogs – 8pm IU Global & International Theater

Saturday, April 13
American Animals – 5pm – IU Fine Arts Theater
The Distant Barking of Dogs – 7:30 IU Fine Arts Theater

Sun, April 14 @ Bear’s Place
American Animals – 5pm

Friday April 19
The Heiresses – 7pm IU Fine Arts Theater

Saturday, April 20
The Heiresses – 4pm – IU Fine Arts Theater
The Distant Barking of Dogs – 5:45 IU Fine Arts Theater
American Animals – 7:30 IU Fine Arts Theater

 

 

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Start:
March 30
End:
April 20