Fri & Sat, August 26 and 27
The Innocents 6:45 @ IU Fine Arts
Tale of Tales 7:30 @ IU Fine Arts – downstairs
Neither Heaven Nor Earth 8:30 @ IU Fine Arts – Last Chance!
Sun August 28
Tale of Tales 7:00 @ Bear’s Place
Individual Tickets: $5 ♦ Semester Passes $30 ♦ Group Tickets call 812 727.0775
“Faith is 24 hours of doubt and one moment of hope.”
December 1945: World War II is finally over. Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor, is in Warsaw treating the last of the French soldiers returning from the front. One night, a Benedictine nun appears on her doorstep begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent. What she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth.
As Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, secrets rise to the surface, and modernism and science clash with faith and tradition. The nuns go about their strict daily rituals, but inside the convent’s chilly stone walls a dangerous revolution is taking place. Directed by Anne Fontaine (Gemma Bovery), starring Lou de Laâge (Breathe) and Agata Kulesza (Ida)
The Innocents in based on the real-life experiences of Madeleine Pauliac, a doctor and Resistance fighter who was a member of the French Red Cross during World War II.
in Russian, French and Polish with subtitles / 115 min
♦ A gripping psychological drama based on events more than half a century old, yet it has inescapable contemporary echoes. The Innocents proves, yet again, that though moral and spiritual questions may not sound spellbinding they often provide the most absorbing movie experiences. –LA Times
♦ A profound meditation on a forgotten moment in history…a film that’s all about faith with one woman truly worth believing in. –Indiewire
♦ Although it’s based on a remarkable true story from the immediate aftermath of World War II, Anne Fontaine’s quiet and powerful new film is also a story for our time. –Salon
Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres, kings and sorcerers: Tale of Tales is breathtaking Baroque fantasy from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone (this is his first English-language film).
Based on three spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by Neapolitan poet and courtier Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales
Overflowing with surreal, dazzling surprises, this intoxicating cinematic spectacle is a delirious excursion into the dark heart of fairy tales.
♦ So few Italian films make it Stateside that it’s cause for celebration when a terrific one appears. –Time magazine
♦ Expect to be dazzled by lush cinematography, top-notch acting,
and some shocking turns. Tale of Tales is the most faithful and
creatively rendered fairytale onscreen to date, bizarrely satisfying and
totally worth a patient, focused viewing.
♦ Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is fabulous in every sense. It is gloriously
mad, rigorously imagined, visually wonderful: erotic, hilarious and
internally consistent. A masterpiece of black-comic bad taste and a
positive carnival of transgression.”
NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH
The ingenious conceit of Neither Heaven Nor Earth, a critical success at Cannes, is to transform the Afghan battlefield into the backdrop for a metaphysical thriller. Jérémie Renier stars as a French army commander who begins to lose the loyalty of his company when soldiers start mysteriously disappearing one by one. Rarely is the mistrust between cultures—are the shepherd villagers innocent civilians or Taliban spies?—limned with such poetic insight. Shot on digital video and emblazoned with such impressionistic effects as the visions captured by a night-vision camera, Neither Heaven Nor Earth is a contemporary ghost story that’s both unabashedly mystical and thrillingly pulpy. The film recalls the eerie mystery of Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock and Antonioni’s L’Aventura.
Directed by Clement Cogitore, who has been a regular collaborator of the Dardennes brothers (L’Enfant, The Kid with a Bike).
2016 / 100 minutes / in French and Persian with subtitles
♦ Its gravity and intelligence — the unassuming authority of Mr. Renier’s performance and the sly self-confidence of Mr. Cogitore’s direction — make it something more. It’s not just spooky; it’s genuinely haunting. –The NY Times
Click here to view a Q&A with director Clément Cogitore following the film’s screening at the 2016 New Directors/New Films festival.