CARBONDALE – The Varsity is announcing the completed lineup for its new Thursday evening films. The Peripheral Film Series will focus on foreign films, documentaries, indies and out-of-the-mainstream movies. Screenings will be at 7 on Thursday evenings, beginning with the French film “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” this week, Feb. 7. The series runs for 10 weeks.
Tickets are $7 or $5 for students with ID. They are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Advance tickets are not available at the venue before doors open on the night of the screenings. They will be available at the door when doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6:30.
All movies will be screened in the Balcony. Those who are unable to reach The Balcony will be admitted free and invited to watch the movie on a 60-inch HDTV in the Varsity Bar.
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with all events, go to www.thevarsitycenter.org.
Here are the details for this spring’s Peripheral Vision series:
Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964, France) Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother's embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant. Not Rated
Feb. 14, Midnight in Paris (2011) This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni and others. Rated PG-13 for language, smoking
Feb. 21, Big Muddy Film Festival Shorts: Inconvenient Intimacies (2018) Shorts to be screened include “Goodbye Again, Macau,” “Letters to My Ex-Lover,” “Midnight Carnival,” “Buscando,” “Finding Nasseebi,” “Dear K,” and “ICUCICU.”
Feb. 28, ShadeTree Mechanics (2017) “ShadeTree Mechanics” is a comedy-drama-buddy feature that revolves around the lives of two unreliable mechanics, Lutha and Sleepy, who is their individual bumbling ways, attempt to maintain a functional mechanic shop in a close-knit neighborhood of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Luther, stern but compassionate, seeks to heal racial divisions the only way he knows how. The subplot centers around the neighborhood’s endless curiosity for Lutha’s motivation in stringly up a motor from the shop’s shade tree. The film was directed by Don Hollowell and features Tyler Craig. Rated PG-13
March 7, Nico, 1988 (2017, Italy-Belgium, in English) Approaching age 50, singer/songwriter Nico leads a solitary existence – far from her days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for the Velvet Underground in the 1960s. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico's new manager convinces her to hit the road again and tour in Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago. Rated R (language, sexuality)
March 14, Kedi (2018, Turkey) Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. Not Rated
March 21, Marshland (2014, Spain) The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters – both detectives in the homicide division – to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past. Rated R (extreme violence, murder, rape, language)
March 28, American Movie (1999) An account of a Midwestern filmmaker's effort to make an independent picture. Mark Borchardt is passionate about cinema, and his dream project is a film called "Northwestern.” But he is serious debt, and decides that if he finishes his horror short "Coven", he will be able to finance his masterwork with the money he'll raise from video sales. His attempts to follow this plan involve his 82-year old uncle, his girlfriend and a series of dreadful jobs, but Mark will never give up. Rated R (language)
April 4, Lucky (2017) Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut "Lucky" is at once a love letter to the life and career of actor Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection. The film follows the 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. With David Lynch and Ron Livingston. Not Rated
April 11, Cinema Paradiso (1988, Italy) The Italian film offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater. The comedy-drama is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. Set in an Sicilian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema's magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret and beautiful discovery that awaits him. The film was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category in the 1989 Academy Awards; composer Ennio Morricone won for Best Original Score. R (some sexuality, language