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Recent awards favorites, queer media, Lina Wertmüller series among IU Cinema spring lineup

For Immediate Release Jan 12, 2023

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Cinema returns Jan. 19 with an eclectic slate of beloved crowd-pleasers, new classics and little-known treasures. Among the films featured are a new series honoring one of the greatest Aboriginal actors in contemporary film, an exploration of pan-African and African diasporic films, and a spotlight on queer cultures across media, genre and global landscapes.

Supported by IU’s Queer Philanthropy Circle, Forever Queer: Community, Memory, Survival is a tribute to the endurance of film and media that broadens our understanding of queer media culture with film screenings, performances, workshops and visits from industry professionals. The series will kick off with a screening of Derek Jarman’s seminal “Jubilee,” which will be preceded by three shorts from up-and-coming queer filmmakers. Other events include:

A still image from Derek Jarman's cult punk film Jubilee (1978). Photo courtesy of IU Cinema A still image from Derek Jarman's cult punk film "Jubilee" (1978). Photo courtesy of IU Cinema

Women’s stories and their contributions to the film industry have become a cornerstone of IU Cinema’s programming. This is illustrated by both established and new series to the spring lineup, including:

Lina Wertmüller. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema Lina Wertmüller. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema

From Roger Corman’s assistant to a full-fledged writer, director and producer of exploitation films throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Stephanie Rothman is a fascinating figure whose cult classics offer a unique feminist twist. As part of the ongoing Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series, Rothman will visit in April for an onstage conversation with IU Cinema director and Rothman scholar Alicia Kozma. Additionally, Rothman’s films “The Velvet Vampire,” “Terminal Island” and “The Student Nurses” will comprise the series Radical Acts: The Cinema of Stephanie Rothman.

International fare on IU Cinema’s screen this semester includes:

Cate Blanchett in Tár will be part of IU Cinema's International Art House Series. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema&l... Cate Blanchett in "Tár" will be part of IU Cinema's International Art House Series. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema

A staple of IU Cinema’s spring programming, the International Art House Series is co-sponsored by the Ryder Film Series and highlights the cutting edge of independent filmmaking from around the globe. The series begins with Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness” and will include several overlooked festival gems, including:

  • “Utama,” winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
  • “Leonor Will Never Die,” winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize.
  • “Saloum,” Best Director, Fantastic Fest.

Park Chan-wook’s dazzling “Decision to Leave” and the Cate Blanchett-led “Tár” complete the lineup.

Tim Burton's classic Pee-Wee's Big Adventure can be seen on the big screen as part of IU Cinema's spring lineup. ... Tim Burton's classic "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" can be seen on the big screen as part of IU Cinema's spring lineup. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema

Also returning is Not-Quite Midnights, featuring bona fide cult classics and buzzy new films alike, starting with Tim Burton’s “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.” An assassin with brain-implant technology is the focus of Brandon Cronenberg’s sci-fi thriller “Possessor,” while Valley Girls fight zombies and evil scientists in the ’80s comedy “Night of the Comet.” Rounding out the series are “The Love Witch,” a spellbinding homage to the B-films of the ’60s, the recent black comedy “The Menu” with Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes, and Paul Verhoeven’s notorious satire “Showgirls.”

Additional upcoming programs at the cinema include:

  • A 50th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets.”
  • A special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the City Lights Film Series.
  • The Card Counter,” with producer Braxton Pope scheduled to be present for a post-screening Q&A (rescheduled after its cancellation in the fall).
  • The Art and a Movie series, a continuing partnership between IU Cinema and the Eskenazi Museum of Art, which will focus on a pair of controversial American photographers in collaboration with the Kinsey Institute.

For full information and film listings, and to download the cinema’s calendar, visit the IU Cinema website and follow @iucinema on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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