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March 2010 Film Calendar

Block Cinema to screen teen and Bloomsbury films, new documentaries and more

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February 10, 2010 | by Judy Moore
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009 , UK, color, 35mm, 122 minutes)
Friday, March 12, 7 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Block Cinema will screen the two final films in its winter film series, The Teen Screen -- Obayashi Nobuhiko's "House" (March 5) and Academy Award-winning director Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" (March 12).

It also will co-present a movie in the Reeltime series, "The Glass House" (March 4), and a 2009 documentary, "The Art of the Steal" (March 10). The latter film follows the struggle for control of a $25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-Impressionist art.

There also will be a second screening of the Bloomsbury series film, John Fuegi and Jo Francis' "The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf" (March 6).

Block Cinema screens classic and contemporary films. It is dedicated to providing the Northwestern campus, North Shore and Chicago area with quality repertory cinema.

Films are screened in the James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati Auditorium at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Free parking is available in the lot directly south of the museum.

Unless otherwise noted, general admission to Block Cinema screenings is $6 for the general public or $4 for Block Museum members, Northwestern faculty and staff, senior citizens aged 65 and older and students with IDs. Films in the "Reeltime" series are free. Quarterly passes are $20. Tickets are available 30 minutes before show time. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block Cinema Web site at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema.

The Teen Screen series captures a time in life when every conceivable human emotion is felt, but is little understood. The teens in the selected films, though divided by miles and decades, experience the universal tug-of-war between childhood and adulthood, hedonism and discipline, rebellion and responsibility.

Reeltime films are jointly sponsored by Northwestern's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and the Evanston Arts Council, in partnership with Reeltime co-directors Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer.

MARCH 2010 FILMS

Reeltime series, "The Glass House," 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4 (Hamid Rahmanian, 2009, United States/ Iran, color, video, 92 minutes). In a rare and intimate look at life on the fringes of Iranian society, "The Glass House" follows several teenage girls who attend a rehabilitation center in Tehran. As they grapple with drug and sexual abuse and familial neglect, these brave and defiant girls find their voice in creative writing and rap music. Guided by courageous social workers, the teens struggle to find a place in a culture that restricts women's roles. Admission is free.

The Teen Screen series, "House" ("Hausu"), 7 p.m. Friday, March 5 (Obayashi Nobuhiko, 1977, Japan, color, 35 mm, 87 minutes). Gorgeous and her six best friends travel to a long-lost aunt's mansion for a summer vacation but soon realize that the house is haunted and hungry for virgins. With ultra-saturated 1970s cartoon backdrops, hilarious analog special effects and a very creepy housecat, this rediscovered "camp" classic (presented in a new 35 mm print) is an unforgettable thrill ride. Will the girls make it out of this demented house of horrors alive?

Bloomsbury series, "The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf," 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6 (John Fuegi and Jo Francis, 1995, United Kingdom, color, 52 minutes, video). This award-winning documentary provides a compelling glimpse into the complex life and work of one of the central figures of the Bloomsbury group. Blending eye-opening interviews with those who knew her personally and never-before public excerpts from her diaries, love letters and more, John Fuegi and Jo Francis' film is an artfully constructed and illuminating study. Admission is free.

Sneak Preview, "The Art of the Steal," 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 (Don Argott, 2009, United States, color, 35 mm, 101 minutes). In the 1920s, Philadelphia chemist Albert Barnes started amassing a personal collection of Impressionist (including works by Renoir, Matisse and Cezanne), early Modern and African art. He later donated the collection to a small African American university. Initially dismissed by professional collectors, the Barnes Foundation's holdings are currently valued at more than $25 billion. Now, some former students stand between the late chemist's wish that his collection never be moved and an alliance of collectors, charities and local politicians who want to relocate his artistic treasures.

The Teen Screen series, "Fish Tank, " 7 p.m. Friday, March 12 (Andrea Arnold, 2009, United Kingdom, 35 mm, 122 minutes). Academy Award-winning director Andrea Arnold's film "Fish Tank" tells the story of a troubled teenage girl living in a bleak British public housing project. Expelled from school and constantly at odds with an irresponsible mother, Mia (Katie Jarvis) find solace in hip-hop dancing. When her mother brings home a handsome new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender), even Mia can't resist his charm, and the doomed trajectory of their relationship becomes painfully clear. The film won the 2009 Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Nathalie Rayter, a junior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.
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