VCU’s and UR’s free film series are kicking off spring sessions in the next week, including a screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild which received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and was produced by Collegiate grad Michael Gottwald.
The VCUarts Cinematheque programs are shown Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the VCUarts Grace Street Theatre. (934 W. Grace St)
2/5/2013 THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD
by Joshua Marston
Rudia and her brother Nik are forced to face adversities beyond their age when their family is shaken up by murder.
by Wim Wenders
Dance, dance, or we are lost. Choreographer Pina Bausch’s final words inspired this Wim Wenders documentary on the art and influence of dance.
3/12/2013 FISH TANK
by Andrea Arnold
Fifteen year old Mia’s life is turned on its head when her Mum brings home a new boyfriend.
3/19/2013 BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
by Benh Zeitlin
Six year-old Hushpuppy must desperately repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home in order to survive an unstoppable catastrophe of epic proportions.
3/26/2013 35 SHOTS OF RUM
by Claire Denis
The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.
by Alexander Sokurov
An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya
4/16/2013 JLG/JLG (DOUBLE FEATURE)
by Jean-Luc Godard
Director Jean-Luc Godard reflects in this movie about his place in film history, the interaction of film industry and film as art, as well as the act of creating art.
4/16/2013 THE COW (DOUBLE FEATURE)
by Karel Kachyna
Adam sells his only cow to pay for his mother’s medicine. Meanwhile, a young girl finds a safe place in their home after fleeing sexual abuse.
5/7/2013 WINGS OF DESIRE
by Wim Wenders
An angel tries overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.
5/14/2013 TURIN HORSE
by Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky
A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.
All films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.
Friday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 3 Craft, aka Riscado
Brazil, 2010, directed by Gustavo Pizzi
Bianca is an actress waiting for her big break while working for an event agency that sends her out clothed like Carmen Miranda and Betty Paige. Despite these humiliations, Bianca is a woman who excels at her craft and has the drive and determination to make the camera love her. Will she get her break? And, will that break give her the opportunity to develop her artistry?
Friday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 10 The Loneliest Planet
**Friday Location to be Announced, check this website for updates**
Germany, 2012, directed by Julia Loktev
An apparently healthy relationship dives into crisis in this drama about a 20-something couple hiking on holiday through the wilderness near the Caucasus Mountains. They cross paths with a group of hunters, leading to a shocking incident after which nothing is the same.
Friday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 17 Life, Above All
**Friday screening will be held in Jepson Hall, Rooms 118/120**
South Africa, 2011, directed by Oliver Schmitz
A 12-year-old child tries to hold her family together against prejudice, disease, and ignorance in this drama from South Africa. Chanda has already been forced to take on many of the responsibilities of an adult in her household. Despite her dire circumstances, most of her neighbors offer little sympathy and think the best solution is to separate her from her mother. Adapted from a novel by Allan Stratton, Life, Above All was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24 The Double Hour
Italy, 2011, directed by Giuseppe Capotondi
Love and danger unexpectedly meet in this Hitchcockian, offbeat thriller with comic elements. Sonia arrives in Turin looking for a boyfriend. She soon finds Guido, a security guard who shares her belief that when the hour and minute hands of the clock strike the same numbers, it’s a sign of good luck. What do they do when luck takes a turn for the worse? The Double Hour was an official selection at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.
Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31 The Fat, Bald, Short Man
Colombia, 2011, directed by Carlos Osuna
Lonesome, middle-aged, shy Antonio is picked on and ridiculed. Joining a self-improvement group almost by accident, he slowly confirms what this sly and involving animated story illustrates: everything is in motion, and change is all but inevitable. The question becomes what use one might make of it.
Friday, April 5 and Sunday, April 7 Still Walking
Japan, 2009, directed by Hirokazu Kore-edaLarrain
A family drama unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion held to commemorate the death of their son and brother who was taken before his time. As the festive gathering commences, and the family matriarch lays out a lavish meal, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bond this family as powerfully as love.
Friday, April 12 and Sunday, April 14 Corpo Celeste
Italy, 2012, directed by Alice Rohrwacher
A girl has her world turned upside down in this comedy-drama when she moves from Switzerland to Calabria, Italy. Desperate to fit in, 12-year-old Marta delves into Catholicism and begins to study for her confirmation. Hoping to win the local priest’s favor, she tags along to help him pick up a cross for an upcoming festival, but the day doesn’t go smoothly for either of them. Corpo Celeste was an official selection at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.