Filmscene

Women's March

FilmScene, Iowa City's nonprofit cinema, has a long tradition of programming films made by women. Now in its second year, “Women's March” takes this commitment a step further, devoting the month of March—every day, every screen and every program—to presenting films made exclusively by women.

Upcoming Screenings

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

2019 / Colombia + / Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra

Tue, Mar 193:15pm5:45pm8:15pmWed, Mar 203:15pm8:15pmThu, Mar 213:15pm8:15pm

Birds of Passage chronicles the origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through the eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honor collide, a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake.

BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE

2019 / USA / Pamela B. Green

Tue, Mar 193:30pm6:00pm8:30pmWed, Mar 204:00pm5:45pmThu, Mar 213:30pm5:45pm8:45pm

A tribute and a detective story, narrated by Jodie Foster, that traces the life of pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache, who began directing films in 1884 at the age of 21 and then faded from memory when she, and the 1000 films that bore her name, were largely forgotten.

FAR FROM THE TREE

2018 / USA / Jamila Ephron +

Wed, Mar 207:00pm

Based on the New York Times bestselling book by Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in a variety of ways. Co-director Jamila Ephron in attendance!

THE EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY

1978 / USA / Gail Palmer (Prisoner of Paradise)

Wed, Mar 2010:00pm

A bold, hilarious female vision from the traditionally male dominated adult film industry.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED

1926 / Germany / Lotte Reiniger

Thu, Mar 216:00pm

Hailed as the first feature-length animated film in the history of cinema, this captivating film by pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger tells the story of Prince Achmed’s magical adventures.

I AM NOT A WITCH

2012 / UK + / Rungano Nyoni

Fri, Mar 2212:00am

When 9-year old Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is exiled to a witch camp run by a corrupt and inept government official. As the only witch child, Shula quickly becomes the local star and is forced to make a difficult decision – resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.

2019 OSCAR WINNING SHORTS

2019 / Various / Various

Fri, Mar 2212:00am

By popular demand – and perfect timing for our Women’s March initiative – FilmScene is pleased to present this year’s Oscar-winning short films!

NTL: JULIE

2018 / UK / Carrie Cracknell

Sun, Mar 242:00pm

Presented by National Theatre Live, and in partnership with the Englert Theatre, this provocative production stars Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) as wild Julie, who throws herself a birthday party which descends into a savage fight for escape and ultimately survival.

LITTLE WOODS

2019 / USA / Nia DaCosta

Mon, Mar 256:00pm

In North Dakota, two estranged sisters are driven to extremes when their mother dies, leaving them with one week to pay back her mortgage. Presented as part of Women’s March: Vanguard Voices.

WHITE MATERIAL

2010 / France + / Claire Denis

Tue, Mar 266:00pm

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family, and ultimately her life. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Horizons series. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

THEY

2017 / USA + / Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Wed, Mar 277:30pm

Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun “They” and is exploring gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition.

SCARLET DIVA

2000 / Italy / Asia Argento (The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things)

Wed, Mar 2710:00pm

Scarlet Diva has been rediscovered by audiences and critics alike in the wake of its portrayal of the need for the Time’s Up movement. Late Shift at the Grindhouse is proud to present a selection by guest programmer, filmmaker Jessie Seitz (Devotion).

STORIES WE TELL

2012 / Canada / Sarah Polley

Thu, Mar 283:30pm

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. Programmed and presented FREE by University of Iowa Cinematic Arts Documentary Studies class.

ANIMATION PIONEERS: FORMS & FIGURES

0 / Various / Various

Thu, Mar 286:00pm

This unique program, curated specifically for Women’s March, presentes animated short films from around the world that relate to the female body. Pleasure, pain, love and relationships are brought to life with paint, clay, computer graphics and more. Contains mature content.

THE MUSTANG

2019 / USA + / Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Fri, Mar 2912:00am

A violent convict is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild horses.

FISH TANK

2009 / UK / Andrea Arnold

Sat, Mar 3011:00pm

Fiften year-old Mia’s world is turned upside down when her mother brings home a new boyfriend.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

2010 / USA / Lisa Cholodenko

Sun, Mar 316:00pm

Our Women’s March closing night Dinner and a Movie with a film inspired menu from our favorite vegan restaurateur Katy Meyer of Trumpet Blossom Cafe.

Previous Screenings

THE CHAMBERMAID

2019 / Mexico / Lila Aviles

A young maid at a luxurious Mexico City hotel confronts the monotony of long workdays with quiet examinations of forgotten belongings and budding friendships that nourish her newfound and determined dream for a better life. Presented as part of Women’s March: Vanguard Voices.