November 2011 Film CalendarNovember 1, 2011 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Block Cinema’s fall programming continues this November with recent films from Eastern and Central Europe and several new acclaimed documentaries.
This fall, Block Cinema is one of several Chicago area theatre locations for the 30th edition of “Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival.” Special general admission rates will apply and no Block Cinema passes or vouchers will be accepted for Reeling screenings.
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, staff and students, students from other schools with valid IDs, and individuals aged 65 and older. Quarterly passes are $20. Tickets are available one hour before showtime. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block Cinema website at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema.
NOVEMBER 2011 FILMS
Eastern & Central European Cinema series, “Cinema Komunisto,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 (Mila Turajilc, 2010, Serbia, video, 101 minutes). During his reign, Yugoslavia’s communist leader Josip Tito used the state-run film industry as a propaganda tool to shape his nation’s identity to his liking in an artful attempt at national mythmaking. He read scripts, imported A-list actors Orson Welles, Richard Burton and others, and obsessively watched a film each night for 32 years. In interviews with filmmakers and Tito’s personal projectionist, film clips and visits to the now-defunct Avala Studios, the film examines Tito’s attempt to make illusion a grand scale reality. Director Mila Turajilic will attend the screening.
New Documentaries series, “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 (Chad Freidrichs, 2011, United States, video, 83 minutes). Once hailed as a model of the future of public housing, the Pruitt-Igoe housing development in St. Louis soon became a site of decay and dysfunction. Director Chad Freidrichs’ documentary explores the project’s history and demise. This screening is co-sponsored by Northwestern University’s department of African American studies. Admission is free.
SPECIAL EVENT, Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival, “Pariah,” 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 (Dee Rees, 2011, United States, 35 mm, 84 minutes. The Sundance hit “Pariah” is the feature-length expansion of writer and director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film of the same name. It tells the story of an African-American teenager who juggles multiple identities while coming to terms with who she really is. “A Few Days of Respite,” 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 (Amor Hakkar, 2010, France, 35 mm, 79 minutes). Fleeing Iran to avoid imprisonment or death because of their homosexuality, two men illegally enter France where their relationship is tested. General admission for each of the two Nov. 11 special screenings is $11. No Block Cinema passes or vouchers will be accepted. More information and a complete festival line-up is available online at reelingfilmfestival.org.
New Documentaries series, “Fast Talk,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 (Debra Tolchinsky, 2011, United States, video, 56 minutes). By following Northwestern University’s own elite debate team for one year, director Debra Tolchinsky, assistant professor of radio, television and film, School of Communication, captures the intensity, ruthless competition and extraordinary speed of contemporary college debating. “Fast Talk” looks at the relationship of debate to privilege, race and gender.
New Documentaries series, “El Bulli: Cooking in Progress,” 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 (Gereon Wetzel, 2011, Germany, video, 108 minutes). Renowned Catalan master chef Ferran Adria takes his cooking so seriously that he closes his world famous restaurant for six months each year and relocates to an off-site kitchen to brainstorm, experiment and create his next season’s menu. The documentary follows Adria behind-the-scenes to show the innovation and imagination of a man for whom the “culinary arts” are a way of life.
Laurel Zoff Pelton, a sophomore in the School of Communication, contributed to this article.