Bijou Series:

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After Hours

After Hours is our catch-all fiction-genre film series which is dedicated to cult classics, genre films, and recent releases.

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Bijou Film Forum

Bijou Film Forum presents screenings and discussions of acclaimed and provocative films that seek to engage community members and UI students across all disciplines and fields of study through the art of film. All the films in this series are FREE FOR STUDENTS and $7 for the general public.

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Bijou Horizons

Bijou Horizons is a world cinema series that brings awareness to diverse cultures through film.  UI students who see all five shows in a semester will be eligible to win a $1,500 study abroad scholarship plus flight package, opportunity courtesy of UI International Programs.

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Open Screen

Open Screen is a forum for University of Iowa students as well as filmmakers within the local community to showcase their cinematic pieces. Short clips of found footage or obscure footage are also accepted.



Promare: Flames of Empathy

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
In one of the most striking scenes of Promare (2019), the first feature-length film from Japanese studio Trigger, the city of Promepolis is under attack. The city’s dull gray buildings, reduced to lifeless shapes under a moon-and-starless night, have suddenly erupted into eye-burning neon fire.

Thelma and Louise

Saturday, March 5, 2022
As a lesbian who aspires to be a filmmaker, I have always questioned my relationship with film.

Chungking Express

Friday, February 25, 2022
In Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express, the unpredictability and vastness of love are visualized through two interconnected relationships. In the first story, Cop 223 marks the expiration of his past relationship with the purchasing of pineapple cans.

Punch-Drunk Love

Friday, February 4, 2022
Paul Thomas Anderson is one of my favorite directors in the industry. Within his slightly-off characters and sweeping California landscapes is an exploration of what makes us human. Part of our experience as people is falling in love.
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Bijou's Best of 2021

Friday, January 28, 2022
Members of the Bijou Film Board share their favorite new releases, first watches and film-related experiences of 2021. Did any of your favorites make the lists? Read on to find out...

Mixtape Archive

Friday, February 5, 2021
Hey there folks! Bijou Banter has had to, unfortunately, take down our very popular and ever so fantastic Mixtape episodes due to copyright concerns on our platforms. Shucks, we know, but we thought it would be a shame for them to go to waste.


Saturday, December 19, 2020
A long, green candle burns down to a final nub and sputters in the surrounding wax. Hiss… and a smoke trail rises in curly tendrils, reaching, grasping, searching for an exit from the room. There is no exit. The sickly black smoke pools at the ceiling, poisoning the air.

Sacha Baron Cohen Fools No One With BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM (2020)

Monday, November 23, 2020
Sacha Baron Cohen could justifiably be called the comedian of the millennial generation. He’s become something of a hero for people in the age-group with his righteous pranking of stodgy politicians and bigoted americans.

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (Peter Strickland, 2012)

Sunday, October 11, 2020
In anticipation of Bijou After Hours' upcoming virtual screening of In Fabric on the weekend of October 17th, we look back at Peter Strickland's second feature.

Occultism and Cutural Crisis: An Interview with Andrew Owens

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Lee Sailor: In your class, you mentioned early filmmakers, German expressionists, I think, who were interested in occultism and the occult. I was wondering if you could elaborate on that. Like, were they worshiping the devil or something?

Andrew Owens: No, no, at least not that I'm aware of.

Bijou Banter Podcast

Like talking about movies, or, more specifically, hearing talk about movies? Tune into our podcast where your favorite Bijou Crew talk about every kind of film under the sun.

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Or you can tune into KRUI 89.7 FM Iowa City at 3:00pm on Fridays!

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The Woman King / Host (2020)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Bijou Banter

This week, we take a look at a recent historical blockbuster, and travel back in time to a Zoom horror film. Big screen and small screen, polar opposite genres, but the same awesome discussion. Which one of these films do we prefer? Find out for yourself on this episode of Bijou Banter!

Featuring: Orson Codd, Daniel McGregor-Huyer, Matthew Huh

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Pearl / Petite Maman

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Bijou Banter

At last! Bijou Banter returns to the KRUI studio at the University of Iowa! And continuing the unofficial trend of "movie pairings that couldn't be more different", we talk about a prequel to a slasher film about adult filmmakers and a family-friendly fantasy film about a child dealing with grief. All this and many more on this episode of Bijou Banter!

Featuring: Orson Codd, Daniel-McGregor Huyer and Matthew Huh

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Pinocchio (1940) / Pinocchio (2022)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Bijou Banter

In a first for Banter, we talk about an original film and its remake in the same episode! That film being the original Disney masterpiece, Pinocchio, and its not-so-original remake, Pinocchio. And also, this is (currently) the longest episode of Bijou Banter yet, clocking in at 78 minutes. So please enjoy this long dissection of a classic and its remake on Bijou Banter!

Featuring: Orson Codd and Matthew Huh

Special Guest: James Altschul

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Three Thousand Years of Longing / Day Shift

Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Bijou Banter

Starting off the 2022-2023 calendar year with a bang (maybe), Banter talks about two films in theaters and on streaming. Both elicit a reaction that could only be described as...

Guess you're going to have to find out for yourself if you wanna know the answer on Bijou Banter.

Featuring: Orson Codd, Daniel McGregor-Huyer, Matthew Huh

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Banter's Summer 2022 Catch-Up

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Bijou Banter

In our first episode for the 2022-2023 calendar year, Banter catches up on all the movies we didn't discuss. Ranging from our personal favorites of the last three months, to the ones where we weren't too keen on. This is Banter's summer catch-up episode!

Featuring: Orson Codd, Daniel McGregor-Huyer, Matthew Huh

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Prey / Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Bijou Banter

In this episode of Bijou Banter, we take a look at two films: one being talked about among the sci-fi horror communities and another one in which we may be the only podcast devoting time to a discussion. It's a unique sci-fi double feature that can only be found on Bijou Banter!

Featuring: Orson Codd, Daniel McGregor-Huyer and Matthew Huh

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Nope (2022)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Bijou Banter

Look up in the sky. Or maybe don't. In this episode of Bijou Banter, we talk at length about Jordan Peele's newest directorial effort. Minor spoilers ahead in this episode. Sit back and enjoy our discussion on Nope!

Featuring: Orson Codd and Matthew Huh

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