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|Conducting Change at Jacobs|
The rarified world of classical music has been populated by a predictable cast of white, male, European choreographers and composers. Diversity, equity and inclusion have been little more than an afterthought. The Jacobs School of Music is trying to do something about that.
By Kyle Adams
The Ryder Interview with Jim Manion
Jim Manion has managed and curated the music that we’ve listened to on WFHB since the station went on the air. Twenty-eight years later he is stepping aside.
By Peter LoPilato
Albrecht Dürer at the Eskenazi
From a young age, Albrecht Dürer was Europe’s most highly-sought printmaker, mesmerizing audiences with his intricacy of line and electrifying naturalism. His work is on display at the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
By Leah Marie Chizek
Islands of Resilience at the IU CinemaIn the context of current global threats to cultural and ecological diversity, there are many documentaries made by Western filmmakers about indigenous communities, which, while often valuable, nevertheless treat such people as “other,” as objects of study. The films that comprise Islands of Resilience, screening at the IU Cinema, give center stage to indigenous voices themselves.
By David Stringer
All this and more in the current issue of The Ryder magazine. The Ryder is distributed free in locally owned Bloomington shops and restaurants and the IU campus. Can’t wait to pick up a copy? Click here to read it now.
October 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8:30 at the IU Fine Arts Theater
Given the ingeniously imagined musical worlds of Velvet Goldmine and I’m Not There, it should come as no surprise that Todd Haynes’s documentary about the seminal band The Velvet Underground mirrors its members’ experimentation and formal innovation. Combining contemporary interviews and archival documentation with newscasts, advertisements, and a trove of avant-garde film from the era, Haynes constructs a vibrant cinematic collage that is as much about New York of the ’60s and ’70s as it is about the rise and fall of the group that has been called as influential as the Beatles. Filmed with the cooperation of surviving band members, this multifaceted portrait folds in an array of participants in the creative scene’s cultures and subcultures. Tracing influences and affinities both personal and artistic, Haynes unearths rich detail about Andy Warhol, The Factory, Nico, and others, adding vivid context and texture that never diminish the ultimate enigma of the band’s power.
(2021 / 120 min)
“Critic’s Pick!” – The New York Times (Oct 15) Read the full review
October 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:15 at the IU Radio & TV Theater.
A woman starts acting strangely after asking her husband, a professional spy, for a divorce. His initial suspicions of a secret lover soon give way to something much more sinister. Isabelle Adjani won the Best Actress Award at Cannes for her performance. Written and directed by Polish novelist/filmmaker Andrej Zulawski, Possession received mixed reviews upon its release in 1981. Today it is considered a masterpiece of surrealism and cat-and-mouse suspense. Re-released this year in a 4K restoration.
(in English, French and German with subtitles / 1981; 2021 / 124 min)
October 15, 16, 22, 23 at 6:30 pm at the IU Fine Arts Theater Little Girl is the moving portrait of 7-year-old Sasha, who loves ballet, dolls and dresses and has always known that she is a girl, despite the fact that she was born male. Sasha’s family has recently accepted her gender identity, embracing their daughter for who she truly is while working to confront outdated norms and find affirmation in a small community of rural France. Realized with delicacy and intimacy, Sébastien Lifshitz’s documentary poetically explores the emotional challenges, everyday feats, and small moments in Sasha’s life. 88 min • France • Not Rated • In French with English subtitles “Critic’s Pick! — The New York TimesExtraordinary, Illuminating and Moving.” –The Guardian
October 29, 30, Nov 5 and 6 at 6:30 at the IU Fine Arts Theater
At first blush, the new film from Christian Petzold might seem a departure for the German director, especially to those only acquainted with him from his recent triumvirate of masterful films about the romantic and identity crises of refugees at different points in German history: Barbara, Phoenix, and Transit. Yet Petzold has long been toying with established genres, and with Undine he injects a supernatural element into a melodrama of star-crossed lovers—the title character (Paula Beer), a historian and tour guide at the Berlin City Museum specializing in urban development, and industrial diver Christoph (Franz Rogowski, Beer’s co-star in Transit). Linked by a love of the water, Undine and Christoph form an intense bond, which can only do so much to help her overcome the considerable baggage of her former affair. The story of a contemporary relationship guided by age-old cosmic fate, Petzold’s film contains indelible images of lush romanticism while remaining scrupulously enigmatic.
2021 • Germany • 90 min
October 29, 30, Nov 5 and 6 at 7:15 at the IU Radio & TV Theater
The year is 1940 in Kobe, on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku (Issey Takahashi, Kill Bill) senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction. Following a trip to Manchuria, he becomes determined to bring to light the things he witnessed there, and secretly filmed. Meanwhile, his wife Satoko (Yû Ao) receives a visit from her childhood friend, now a military policeman. He warns her about Yusaku’s seditious ways and reveals that a woman her husband brought back from his trip has died. Satoko confronts Yusaku, but when she discovers his true intentions, she is torn between loyalty to her husband, the life they have built, and the country they call home.
2021 • Japan • 115 min
Oct 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 6:45 at the IU Fine Arts Theater
A rebellious teenage girl fights back against patriarchal oppression in Saudi director Shahad Ameen’s visually arresting feminist fable ‘Scales.’
Set in a dystopian landscape, Scales is the story of a young strong-willed girl, Hayat, who lives in a poor fishing village governed by a dark tradition in which every family must give one daughter to the sea creatures who inhabit the waters nearby. In turn the sea creatures are hunted by the men of the village. Saved from this fate by her father, Hayat is considered a curse on the village and grows up an outcast. Nevertheless, she does not surrender to this fate and fights for a place within her village. After her mother gives birth to a baby boy, Hayat must accept the brutal custom of giving herself to the sea creatures or finding a way to escape. (75 min / Saudi Arabia / in Arabic with subtitles)
October 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 at the IU RTV Theater
This stunning debut drama, set in colorful, chaotic Lagos, the former Nigerian capital, is made by twin brothers, Arie and Chuko Esiri. The film traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe, an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa, a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe.
NIGERIA 2021 110 MINS. IN NIGERIAN ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
CRITIC’S PICK! -The New York Times
October 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 8:30 at the IU Fine Arts Theater
Francois Ozon’s gorgeous period piece … When Alexis capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy’s eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art, and bliss. David’s worldly demeanor and Jewish heritage deliver an ardent jolt to Alexis’s traditional, working-class upbringing. Their relationship is soon rocked by a romantic oath that transcends life itself. (2021 / France / 100 min)
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