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Unrated | Running Time: 84min
FilmScene’s Scene 1, 118 E. College St.
Filmmakers Andrew Sherburne and Tommy Haines in attendance! Q & A will follow screening.
Rated R | Running Time: 1hr 45min
Iowa Theatre, IMU (Formerly the Bijou Cinema)
Unrated | Running Time: 1hr 37min | Silent
Iowa Theatre, IMU (Formerly the Bijou Cinema)
Filmmakers Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus in attendance! Q & A will follow screening.
Presented by the Headroom Screening Series
Unrated | Running Time: 2hrs, 2mins
Iowa Theatre in the IMU (Formerly the Bijou CInema)
Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan, Indonesia. When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands.
Today, Anwar is revered as a founding father of a right-wing paramilitary organization that grew out of the death squads. The organization is so powerful that its leaders include government ministers, and they are happy to boast about everything from corruption and election rigging to acts of genocide.
The Act of Killing is about killers who have won, and the sort of society they have built. Unlike ageing Nazis or Rwandan génocidaires, Anwar and his friends have not been forced by history to admit they participated in crimes against humanity. Instead, they have written their own triumphant history, becoming role models for millions of young paramilitaries. The Act of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers. And The Act of Killing is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows, and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number.
Unrated | Running Time: 71 mins
Iowa Theatre in the IMU (Formerly the Bijou Cinema)
The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Sasha Water and Phillip Lopate.
The award-winning documentary Chekhov for Children tells the inspiring story of an ambitious undertaking – the 1979 staging on Broadway of Uncle Vanya by New York City 5th & 6th graders, directed by the celebrated writer Phillip Lopate. Using a wealth of never-before-screened student documentary videos and dramatic super 8mm films from the era, Chekhov for Children explores the interplay between art and life for a dozen friends across 30 years – including the filmmaker.
Phillip Lopate directed Uncle Vanya in 1979 when he was 36-years-old; nearly a century earlier, Anton Chekhov wrote the play at the age of 39. In Chekhov for Children, New York City schoolchildren play characters in Uncle Vanya grappling with the regrets and vanished hopes of middle age. Today, those children are themselves nearing age 40, like Chekhov when he wrote the play and Lopate when he directed it. A love letter to the turbulent New York of the 1970s, Chekhov for Children meditates upon the reckoning that comes at mid-life through the lens of universal themes: first love, mentoring, and parenting.
Please e-mail your completed application (attach as a Word ﬁle or PDF) to Jesse Kreitzer, Executive Director of the Bijou Film Board.
Access the application in PDF form here. If you would like to apply but aren’t able to access the file and would prefer another file type, please contact Jesse Kreitzer at (bijouui.executive[at]gmail[dot]com).
Friday, Aug 16, 2013
7:00 pm – Cardboard Titanics (10 min, documentary short)
7:10 pm – Wild Bill’s Run (60 min, documentary feature)
8:30 pm – The Ambassador (93 min, documentary feature with subtitles, Denmark))
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013
7:00 pm – Savannah (104, narrative feature)
9:00 pm – Grandfather and Me (Morfar Och) Jag (14 min, narrative short with subtitles, Sweden)
9:15 pm – Tu Seras un Homme (You’ll Be a Man) (87 min, narrative feature with subtitles, France)
For more info: LLFF.org
Directed by Richard Linklater
Starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
108 Minutes, 35mm
An American father, JESSE, (Ethan Hawke) is seeing off his son HANK (Seamus Davey–Fitzpatrick) at the Kalamata Airport in Greece. Hank’s returning to his mother and life in the U.S. after spending the “best summer ever” with Jesse and his family. The middle–schooler is more composed than his fortyish father, who hovers anxiously as their separation draws near.
Directed by Cristian Mungiu
Starring Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuță
150 Minutes, DCP
Romanian w/ English Subtitles
This harrowing, visually stunning new film from director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, unfolds in and around a remote monastery where pious young women toil dutifully under the ever-watchful eye of an austere priest known as Papa (the excellent Valeriu Andriuta). For their remarkable lead performances, screen newcomers Flutur and Stratan shared the Best Actress prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Mungiu also received the Best Screenplay award.
Directed by Mark Christopher Covino & Jeff Howlett
96 minutes, DCP
Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell…the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.
Directed by Rodney Ascher
102 Minutes, DCP
A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.
Directed by Andrés Wood
Starring Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Christian Quevedo, Gabriela Aguilera
110 Minutes, DCP
Spanish w/ English Subtitles
The extraordinary story of the iconic poet, musician and folksinger Violeta Parra, whose songs have become hymns for Chileans and Latin Americans alike. Director Andres Wood (Machuca) traces the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art.
Directed by Terrence Malick
Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem
112 Minutes, 35mm
The anticipated new feature from renowned filmmaker Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, The New World), TO THE WONDER boldly and lyrically explores the complexities of love in all its forms. Parisian single mother Marina (Olga Kurylenko) and Midwestern tourist Neil (Ben Affleck) fall madly in love in France and relocate to Oklahoma with Marina’s young daughter to start a life together. As their relationship wanes and her visa nears expiration, Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Javier Bardem) who is struggling with his faith, while Neil renews a relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Jane (Rachel McAdams).
Directed by Chan-wook Park
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
99 Minutes, DCP
After India’s (Mia Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Late Night Films at the Bijou
Free for Students
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Italian, Spanish w/ English subtitles
95 Minutes, 35mm
A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area’s local cannibal tribes.
Late Night Films at the Bijou
Free for Students
Directed by David Cronenberg
Starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz
96 Minutes, Blu-ray
Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”
Directed by Shane Carruth
96 Minutes, Blu-ray
Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.
Directed by Werner Herzog
Russian w/ English subtitles
90 Minutes, DCP
With Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by helicopter or boat. There‘s no telephone, running water or medical aid, The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.