Our Programs

All screenings are free for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.

All of Bijou's films are screened at FilmScene, 118 E. College Street, Iowa City, IA.


    Bijou After Hours

    Bijou After Hours is a late-night film series of recent releases, genre favorites, and cult classics that runs every Saturday night through the academic semester. 

    • Antibirth

      Antibirth (2016)

      January 21, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 90 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Danny Perez

      In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.

      “As a portrait of a middle America full of forgotten people and ruined civilizations, this is one of the year's scariest movies.”- Los Angeles Times


    • King Cobra

      King Cobra (2016)

      January 28, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 91 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Justin Kelly

      When a lonely suburban man turned gay porn producer discovers a hot, lucrative new star, he finds himself the target of rival pornographers who will stop at nothing to steal his money maker.

      “King Cobra is an erotic thriller with a vicious bite, carried by performances that have no resemblance of porno-quality cheapness.”- We Got This Covered


    • Darkman

      Darkman (1990)

      February 4, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 96 min.  |  rating: R  |  director: Sam Raimi

      A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

      “Raimi's live-action comic book aims to deliver scares spiked with laughs. That it does.” – Rolling Stone


    • Cemetery Man

      Cemetery Man (1994)

      February 11, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 100 min.  |  rating: R  |  director: Michele Soavi

      A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

      “The film leans into modern comedy, but it also passes through moments of genuine longing and even existential crisis.”- Combustible Celluloid


    • Lifeforce

      Lifeforce (1985)

      February 18, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 100 min.  |  rating: R  |  director: Tobe Hooper

      When alien vampires terrorize London, it’s up to a determined police inspector and an astronaut to stop them.

      “Seen today, it's actually an astoundingly brave, weird movie that tries more and accomplishes more than many of today's bland roller coaster rides.”- Combustible Celluloid


    • Train to Busan

      Train to Busan (2016)

      February 25, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 118 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Sang-ho Yeon

      While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on a train from Seoul to Busan.

      “In the manner of the most enjoyable horror pictures, every time you think things can't get worse, they do.” – Miami Herald


    • Zardoz

      Zardoz (1974)

      March 4, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 110 min.  |  rating: R  |  director: John Boorman

      In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity’s achievements.

      “…it's smart, it has some sharp dialogue, and the surrealism-on-a-shoestring visuals are undeniably striking.” – SFX Magazine


    • Barbarella

      Barbarella (1968)

      March 25, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 98 min.  |  rating: PG  |  director: Roger Vadim

      Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

      “Fonda looks sensational and glides through this romp like a dazed, ripe-to-the- touch innocent.– San Francisco Chronicle


    • The Alchemist Cookbook

      The Alchemist Cookbook (2016)

      April 1, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 82 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Joel Potrykus

      Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he's fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature's secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.

      “A chapter-driven series of sketchy scenes powered by a striking, manic performance by lead actor Ty Hickson.” -Seattle Times


    • Donnie Darko

      Donnie Darko (2001)

      April 8, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 113 min.  |  rating: R  |  director: Richard Kelly

      Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a bright and charming high-school student who also has a dark and willfully eccentric side; he does little to mask his contempt for many of his peers and enjoys challenging the authority of the adults around him. Donnie is also visited on occasion by Frank, a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only Donnie can see who often urges him to perform dangerous and destructive pranks. Late one night, Frank leads Donnie out of his home to inform him that the world will come to an end in less than a month; moments later, the engine of a jet aircraft comes crashing through the ceiling of Donnie's room, making him think there might be something to Frank's prophesies after all. The rest of Donnie's world is only marginally less bizarre, as he finds himself dealing with his confused parents (Mary McDonnell and Holmes Osborne), his college-age sister (Maggie Gyllenhaal), his perplexed analyst (Katherine Ross), a rebellious English teacher (Drew Barrymore), a sleazy self-help expert (Patrick Swayze), and the new girl at school who is attracted by Donnie's quirks (Jena Malone).

      “Kelly is a supple and courageous storyteller, boldly free-associating as he mixes parody and satire with earnest psychodrama and coming up with plot points no one could anticipate.” -Chicago Reader


    • Serial Mom

      Serial Mom (1994)

      April 15, 12:00 AM
      runtime: 93 min.  |  rating: R  |  director: John Waters

      Writer/director John Waters offers an outrageous satire of suburban life--and the American fame industry for merchandizing mass murderers--with this hilarious black comedy about a Baltimore woman who's the ideal wife and mother, except for her habit of killing people who annoy her!

      “An uproariously funny, marvelously malicious performance from Turner.” -Times Out


    • Trog

      Trog (1970)

      April 22, 12:00 AM
      runtime: 91 min.  |  rating: PG  |  director: Freddie Francis

      Anthropologist Dr. Brockton (Joan Crawford) believes she has discovered the missing link in this flat science fiction drama. The creature is found in a cave and brought to her laboratory to undergo tests for her research. The hairy beast with the face of a monkey loves classical music and hates rock & roll. When one of the slack-jawed yokels opens his cage, he escapes and goes on a killing rampage as he tries to return to his cave. In a gentle moment with a little girl, the beast shows a tender side that recalls a scene from Frankenstein. Soon troops are called in, despite Brockton's protest to entomb the creature by dynamiting the entrance to the cave.

      “I admit it: I have a soft spot in my heart (and my head) for the stupefying, inexplicable 'Trog.'” -Commercial Appeal


    • The Exorcist

      The Exorcist (1973)

      April 29, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 122 min.  |  rating: R  |  director: William Friedkin

      Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles.

      “The Exorcist, with its excellent cast, mounting intensity, and ingeniously constructed surprises, is still a commanding achievement.”- Philadelphia Inquirer


    • Westworld

      Westworld (1973)

      May 6, 11:00 PM
      runtime: 88 min.  |  rating: PG  |  director: Michael Crichton

      Welcome to Westworld, where nothing can go wrong...go wrong...go wrong....Writer/director Michael Crichton has concocted a futuristic "Disneyland for adults", a remote resort island where, for a hefty fee, one can indulge in one's wildest fantasies. Businessmen James Brolin and Richard Benjamin are just crazy about the old west, thus they head to the section of Westworld populated by robot desperadoes, robot lawmen, robot dance-hall gals, and the like. Benjamin's first inkling that something is amiss occurs when, during a mock showdown with robot gunslinger Yul Brynner, Brolin is shot and killed for real. It seems that the "nerve center" of Westworld has developed several serious technical glitches: the human staff is dead, and the robots are running amok. Suddenly promoted to the film's hero, Benjamin, must first avoid, then face down the relentless Brynner.

      “Combines solid entertainment, chilling topicality, and superbly intelligent serio-comic story values.” -Variety


    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. 

    • 13th

      13th (2016)

      January 17, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 100 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Ava DuVernay

      An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

      “Everything in '13th' illuminates what is convincingly presented as a sad and tragic story that we are still living today.” – Los Angeles Times


      • Stacey Walker, Linn County Board of Supervisors
      • Rachel Williams, Associate Professor in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies; Art & Art History
      • Deborah Whaley, Associate Professor of American Studies


    • Southside With You

      Southside With You (2016)

      February 28, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 84 min.  |  rating: PG-13  |  director: Richard Tanne

      The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

      “Southside With You showcases a city as photogenic, dynamic, and charming as the lovers themselves.”- Chicago Reader

      Post-screening discussion to follow with:

      -Kingsley Botchway, City Council Member 
      -Professor Venise Berry, Journalism and Mass Communication


    • The Bad Kids

      The Bad Kids (2016)

      March 21, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 101 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

      A group of teachers at a Mojave Desert high school take an unconventional approach to improve the lives of their struggling students.

      “An insightful, affecting film that casts sympathetic light on a neglected educational sector.”- Hollywood Reporter


    • Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

      Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)

      April 25, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 71 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Matt Wolf

      A biographical portrait of avant-garde musician, artist, and disco producer Arthur Russell.

      “A tender, fascinating documentary by Matt Wolf, will delight the cult and instantly convert new members.” – New York Times


    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. Opportunity courtesy of UI International Programs.

    • Black Coal, Thin Ice (China)

      Black Coal, Thin Ice (China) (2015)

      February 7, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 106 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Yinan Diao, Diao Yinan

      An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

      “Moments of thrilling visual beauty are studded through this dour Chinese thriller like diamonds through a seam of coal.” – Time Out


    • Land and Shade (Colombia)

      Land and Shade (Colombia) (2016)

      February 21, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 97 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: César Augusto Acevedo

      After having left a long time ago, a humble country sugar cane worker returns home to meet his grandson and deal with the hardships his family has been put into.

      “The film is beautifully composed and full of striking images, but Acevedo's ruthless depiction of hardship makes this hard to watch.” – Chicago Reader


    • The Club (Chile)

      The Club (Chile) (2015)

      March 7, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 97 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Pablo Larraín

      A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced priests and nuns, suspected of crimes ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching from unwed mothers, live secluded, after an incident occurs.

      “We can't but enjoy the movie and its oddball characters - which makes us somehow complicit in their crimes.” – Philadelphia Inquirer


    • Chevalier (Greece)

      Chevalier (Greece) (2016)

      March 28, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 99 min.  |  rating: NR  |  director: Athina Rachel Tsangari

      In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared, measured and blood will be tested.

      “Scene by scene, it builds a vision of group dynamics as calm, violent and finally unyielding as the sea.” –Los Angeles Times


    • Demon (Poland)

      Demon (Poland) (2016)

      April 11, 6:00 PM
      runtime: 94 min.  |  rating: R  |  director: Marcin Wrona

      A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.

      “Wrona jumbles several genres together, including dark comedy, to illuminate larger, more ambitious themes..”- Washington Post


    Bijou Open Screen

    Open Screen is a forum for students and local filmmakers to showcase their work. Short clips of found footage or obscure footage area also accepted. There is no time limit, but we prefer short works of 10 minutes or less. 


    • Bijou Open Screen

      Bijou Open Screen

      Open Screen is a forum for students and local filmmakers to showcase their work. Short clips of found footage or obscure footage area also accepted. There is no time limit, but we prefer short works of 10 minutes or less. Submitters are asked to email the following information to bijouopenscreen@gmail.com

      • A short summary of their submission
      • A still image from the submission
      • A link to a downloadable version of the submission via Dropbox, Google Drive, or any other file sharing service.

      The selection committee reserves final right to decide which submissions are chosen for inclusion. Audiences will vote at the end of the night for the best submission.

      Spring Submission Deadline: April 28

      Spring Event Date: May 7 at FilmScene (118 E College St).

    Bijou Mondays at FilmScene

    Free films for University of Iowa students for screenings at 8PM or later at FilmScene.

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