If the Heartland Film Festival isn’t enough to quench your thirst for cinema, IU Cinema is offering quite an eclectic bunch of films this week.
First up on Friday at 6:30 p.m. is Salò, 120 Days of Sodom. Set amid the wreckage of Benito Mussolini’s Italy in the summer of 1943, the film follows four corrupt fascist libertines as they kidnap eighteen teenage boys and girls and subject them to four months of extreme violence, sadism, and sexual and mental torture.
The film I'm most excited about this weekend is 20,000 Days on Earth — a fictitious day-in-the-life look at musician Nick Cave. Heralded by Sight and Sound as "the most sophisticated rock star biography ever," the film plays Friday at 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 3. An intimate exploration of the artistic process, the film celebrates exactly what the Heartland Film Festival aims to evoke and honor this weekend — "the transformative power of the creative spirit."
For audiences with a hankering for horror in anticipation of Halloween, IU Cinema is screening the classic monster film Godzilla Sunday at 3.
The weekend ends with Euripides' powerful tragedy, Medea at 6:30.
Stay tuned next week, too, as IU Cinema will host a Q&A on Monday at 3 with character actor, Jonathan Banks, most recently known for his roles of Mike Ehrmantraut on AMC's Breaking Bad and Professor Hickey on NBC's Community.