IU Cinema

  • 1213 E. 7th Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812) 856-2463

Indiana University Cinema is a world-class venue and curatorial program dedicated to the highest standards of presentation of film in both traditional and modern forms. By providing unique and enriching cinematic experiences, the Cinema advances Indiana University's long-standing commitment to excellence, scholarship, and engagement in the arts across campus and community. Located in the heart of IU's Bloomington campus, the 260-seat, THX Certified Cinema has screenings almost daily. Since opening in 2011, IU Cinema has hosted many influential filmmakers through its Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series, including Werner Herzog, Ava DuVernay, and Mira Nair, as well as acting luminaries Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.

IU CINEMA: The Wild Pear Tree

Sinan, an aspiring writer, returns home after attending university with the hope of scraping together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town, encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers, and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Hevi reissu (Heavy Trip)

In this offbeat comedy from Finland, Turo is stuck in a small village where the best thing in his life is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem? He and his bandmates have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig. The guys get a surprise... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Hevi reissu (Heavy Trip)

In this offbeat comedy from Finland, Turo is stuck in a small village where the best thing in his life is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem? He and his bandmates have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig. The guys get a surprise... Learn more

IU CINEMA: The Wild Pear Tree

Sinan, an aspiring writer, returns home after attending university with the hope of scraping together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town, encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers, and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of... Learn more

IU CINEMA: The Emperor and the Assassin

Set during the third century B.C., an ambitious king, Ying Zheng, is obsessed with unifying all of China and becoming its first emperor. To this end, he embarks upon an unparalleled reign of terror and brutality against all who he believes stand between him and his destiny. For sheer size, cost,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: The Madness of George III

It’s 1786, and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the king’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Le Moulin

In 1933, Le Moulin, an avant-garde literary magazine, was founded by young poets in Taiwan. Living under Japanese rule, these writers were introduced to European modernism by intellectuals from the metropole. The words of Baudelaire and Rimbaud transformed these artists, and compelled them to... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Mr. Gaga / Give Me a Break / Breath | Light | Stone

Directors/Choreographers Noa Shadur and Elizabeth Shea and Director Allen Hahn are scheduled to be present. A post-screening discussion exploring the dynamic relationship between dance and film will follow the films. Mr. Gaga Mr. Gaga (2015, Tomer Heymann)... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Yellow Earth

Kaige’s debut film introduced the world to two of China’s most celebrated Fifth Generation filmmakers. The stunning cinematography was in the hands of Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers, Hero) and the film won the Silver Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Batman

Executive Producer Michael Uslan is scheduled to be present/30th Anniversary screening. Tim Burton brings his dark vision to the debut of the long-running Batman film franchise. After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents as a child, millionaire-philanthropist Bruce Wayne... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Gilda

Rita Hayworth plays femme fatale Gilda in this Charles Vidor film noir. Causing strife between two bad guys, Johnny (Glenn Ford) and her husband Mundson (George Macready), Hayworth performs one of her most famous numbers, “Put the Blame on Mame” (sung by Anita Kert Ellis). Although it won no... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Shoplifters

Director Kore-eda Hirokazu won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters, about a financially struggling family reduced to stealing to survive. Shoplifters went on to become a mainstream commercial hit in its home country, but also found itself in the midst of controversy... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Demon Lover Diary

Don and Jerry, factory workers who grew up on comic books and B-movies, are fulfilling a lifetime dream: they’re producing their own low-budget horror movie. Jeff and Joel, lovers and cinema-verité filmmakers, and a friend of theirs named Mark have come out to Michigan to help the dream come... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Réalité (Reality)

A French filmmaker living in California finds out that the film he is writing is already being screened. A little girl tries to watch a videotape she has found inside a hog’s stomach. A cooking show host constantly scratches at a full-body rash that no one else can see. From Quentin Dupieux,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Beterang (Veteran)

Director Ryoo Seung-wan is scheduled to be present. Veteran follows a veteran policeman as he investigates the apparent suicide of a truck driver. His investigation leads him to the highest levels of a mega-corporation and brings him into conflict with the corrupt world of the... Learn more

IU Cinema Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Program: Ryoo Seung-wan and Darcy Paquet

  • February 8, 2019
  • 812-856-CINE

Lecture takes place in Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies auditorium, located on the ground floor of the East Wing (room GA0001). Influenced by Hong Kong action films from the 1970s, Ryoo Seung-wan's thrilling films feature fast-paced plots and well-choreographed... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Jjakpae (The City of Violence)

Director Ryoo Seung-wan is scheduled to be present. Ryoo wrote, directed, and starred in The City of Violence, an action film set in a fictionalized version of his hometown of Onyang. The movie opens when a policeman from Seoul returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Félicité

Félicité is a singer and a single mother who lives in Congo with her 16-year-old son, Samo. Their lives change suddenly when it turns out, after a motorcycle accident, that Samo’s leg might need amputation. In order to save him from this perilous operation, Félicité embarks on a journey to find... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Gun-ham-do (The Battleship Island)­— Director’s Cut

Director Ryoo Seung-wan is scheduled to be present. The Battleship Island is set during World War II on a Japanese prison island where Koreans were drafted into forced labor in undersea coal mines. The film emphasizes the brutality of the prison and depicts the suffering of the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Fatima

Fatima, a Moroccan immigrant, lives with her two daughters: 15-year-old rebellious Souad and 18-year-old studious Nesrine. Due to her poor French, Fatima finds it hard to communicate with her daughters, who don’t speak Arabic well. To give her daughters the future she never had, she works as a... Learn more

IU CINEMA: The Strong Man

World Premiere/Silent film with live music/Jon Vickers Scoring Award Paul (Harry Langdon) is a Belgian immigrant who has moved to the U.S. at the end of World War I. He fell in love with his wartime pen pal, Mary Brown (Priscilla Bonner), whom he vows to find. Paul’s job is with a... Learn more

IU CINEMA: The Wonders

The Wonders focuses on the complex relationship between a Jerusalem street artist named Arnav and a mysterious, modern- day prophet held prisoner in an abandoned apartment across the alleyway. Inspired by a true story and using the city of Jerusalem as a character, The Wonders combines genres,... Learn more

IU Cinema Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Program: Avi Nesher

  • February 20, 2019
  • 812-856-CINE

Lecture takes place in Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies auditorium, located on the ground floor of the East Wing (room GA0001). Avi Nesher’s many award-winning films have been integral to Israeli cinema, placing him as one of Israel’s all-time greatest... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Za’am V’Tehilah (Rage and Glory)

Director Avi Nesher is scheduled to be present/35th Anniversary Screening. Restored in 2018 by the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Israel Film Archive, Rage and Glory is considered by critics the best Israeli film ever made. The film tells the story of an avowed anarchist, Eddy the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: SHE

Director Avi Nesher is scheduled to be present/35th Anniversary Screening. Before Nesher spent time in Hollywood making genre films, he adapted the H. Rider Haggard novel SHE for Transworld Pictures, which he shot in Italy. In a post-apocalyptic, backward world leftover from an event... Learn more

IU CINEMA: The Other Story

Director Avi Nesher is scheduled to be present. In this moving family drama—interspersed with exuberant comedic moments—Yonatan returns to Israel after being in the U.S. for years. This is at the request of his father, a marriage counsellor who wants him to join his practice. He is... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Space is the Place / Afronauts / Polly One

Space is the Place The same year of Armstrong’s moon landing, Sun Ra and the Archestra land on an unknown planet in the fictional narrative Space is the Place. They declare the planet a new colony for African Americans and begin a long, arduous journey of recruiting settlers from... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Strangers on a Train

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic psychological thriller is a tale of two men whose lives become entangled by their chance meeting on a train. When tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) complains about his troublesome wife, Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) suggests a murderous plan that blurs the line... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Conducta (Behavior)

Carmela, a teacher nearing retirement, has a special place in her heart for kids like 11-year-old Chala. He lives in a run-down Havana neighborhood with his alcoholic mother, whom he supports by selling pigeons and training dogs to fight. When Chala’s behavior at school gets him into trouble, the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Examen d’état (National Diploma)

Examen d’Etat follows a group of determined students on their mission to succeed in the Congolese National Baccalaureate Exam. Students who can’t pay the fees are asked to leave school, but far from giving up, they decide to rent a house to study. Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Zero Motivation

Spanning a single year, three consecutive stories recount the events of an administration office located at a remote army base in the Israeli desert. The film is a military epic featuring power struggles, intrigue, and a friendship on trial. But unlike the traditional war film, Zero Motivation... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Double Exposure 2019

Experience the magic that happens when film-production students are paired with student composers at the beginning of the creative process to collaborate on the creation of a new film. Double Exposure is an experimental program between composition students in the Jacobs School of Music and film... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Ghost Town to Havana

Director Eugene Corr is scheduled to be present. Ghost Town introduces two extraordinary coaches who are committed to bringing out the best in their youth baseball players. They meet first on videotape, and Coach Roscoe vows to bring his players from their gang-ridden neighborhood in... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Cool Hand Luke

Following its release in 1967, Cool Hand Luke cemented Paul Newman in cinematic history and made him one of the most recognizable faces of the decade. Newman stars as a convict who refuses to conform to the expectations of his prison guards, a message that resonated with the anti-authoritarian... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Fly Me to the Moon

Director Esther Figueroa is scheduled to be present. This work-in-progress screening will be the first public presentation of the film and will be followed by a discussion with environmentalist filmmaker Figueroa. The feature-length documentary Fly Me to the Moon focuses on... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Miss Hokusai

This award-winning Japanese animated film, based on a historical manga series by Hinako Sugiura, tells the story of Katsushika Ōi (ca. 1800–ca. 1866), an artist who worked in the shadow of her famous father—the great ukiyo-e print designer Katsushika Hokusai. In addition to exploring issues... Learn more

IU CINEMA: In the Life of Music / Rupture

Director Caylee So is scheduled to be present. In The Life Of Music In the Life of Music tells a triptych of stories: three chapters, three generations, and three worlds indelibly transformed by the Khmer Rouge. It is an unforgettable exploration of love, war, and a family’s... Learn more

IU CINEMA: For Izzy

For Izzy presents a narrative feature drama told in a documentary format and infused with elements of magical realism. Anna, a retired divorcee, and Dede, her lesbian daughter, move next door to Peter, a lonely widowed father to Laura, an adult with autism. Unexpected romance, friendship, and... Learn more

IU CINEMA: bias

Director/Producer Robin Hauser is scheduled to be present. bias is a film that challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Hauser highlights the nature of implicit... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Straw Dogs

Writer/Director Rod Lurie and Composer Larry Groupé are scheduled to be present. David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father’s... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Rod Lurie and Larry Groupé

The director-composer relationship is a critical one in filmmaking. There are many long-term, well-known collaborators: Steven Spielberg and John Williams, Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer, Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, and so on. The artistic conception,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: The Contender

The hard-ball gamesmanship and character assassination of American politics sets the stage for this thriller. When the Vice President of the United States unexpectedly dies, all eyes in Washington, D.C., are on President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) as he chooses a new VP. He picks Senator Laine... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Mirai (Future)

One of the few challengers to Miyazaki Hayao and Studio Ghibli’s anime crown is director Hosoda Mamoru, whose fanciful yet emotionally profound works have made him one of the most successful animated filmmakers of the past two decades. In his latest film, Mirai, Hosoda examines the enduring... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Munyurangabo

In this buddy, road movie, set against the backdrop of an unhealed, post-genocide Rwanda, two teenaged best friends, Sangwa and Munyurangabo, who are making their way in the big city set off for Sangwa’s village with backpacks and a Chekhovian prop. Unresolved anger, simmering distrust, and deep... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Drawn from a cache of personal videos from the past 22 years, the Sundance award-winning Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. is a startling profile of the critically acclaimed M.I.A., chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee to immigrant to global phenom. Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. provides unparalleled,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Mon Voisin, Mon Tueur (My Neighbor, My Killer)

How can a country of 10 million bring to trial approximately 130,000 people accused of murdering 800,000 neighbors in one of the worst genocides of the 20th century? Anne Aghion’s documentary is the culmination of 10 years of filming the implementation of the traditional Gacaca courts as a form... Learn more

IU CINEMA: La mia generazione (My Generation)

Writer/Director Wilma Labate is scheduled to be present. Set in 1983 Sicily, Braccio (Claudio Amendola) is a political prisoner who has already served four years of a heavy sentence. He is transferred to San Vittore prison in Milan, where he has a girlfriend nearby. The real purpose of... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Domenica (Sunday)

Writer/Director Wilma Labate is scheduled to be present. Police inspector Sciarra (Claudio Amendola), on the eve of retirement, must bring a young orphaned girl to the morgue to identify the body of her alleged rapist from the previous year. The film tells a moving story of two people... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Signorina Effe

Writer/Director Wilma Labate is scheduled to be present. The defeat of the auto factory workers’ utopian dream at FIAT, Italy’s most powerful car manufacturer, is narrated in an allegorical story of love and power. Emma (Valeria Solarino), raised in a working-class family with... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Arrivederci Saigon

Writer/Director Wilma Labate is scheduled to be present. Five young girls, equipped with musical instruments and a love for singing, leave from a small town in Tuscany to start a tour in the Far East. They dreamed of notoriety, but found themselves in a war. The year is 1968, and the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Year of the Woman

A post-screening discussion will follow the film. Poet, activist, and journalist Sandra Hochman and an all-female crew documented and participated in the radical interventions of the Women’s Movement at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. These activists and filmmakers challenged... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Farewell My Concubine

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie is scheduled to introduce. Starting in the 1920s and spanning through the Cultural Revolution, the film tracks two Peking Opera stars and their unwavering friendship which is tested by sexual orientation, love interests, war, a communist... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Spring 2019 Student Films Showcase

The Spring 2019 Student Showcase is a film festival celebrating top cinematic work done by student filmmakers on the IU Bloomington campus during the 2018–19 academic year. This curated event will highlight documentary, narrative, and experimental films—with nominations and awards for Best:... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Antony & Cleopatra

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Directors Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn are scheduled to be present. A post-screening discussion with the directors, led by Founding Dean of the School of Art, Architecture + Design Peg Faimon, will follow the screening. This Midwest-produced documentary traces the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: Celluloid Man

Director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur is scheduled to be present. Celluloid Man is a documentary tribute to P.K. Nair, an extraordinary man who built the National Film Archive of India ‘can-by-can’ in a country where film preservation and restoration are completely disregarded. The film... Learn more

IU CINEMA: John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

Director Julien Faraut is scheduled to be present. Narrated by Mathieu Amalric, John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection revisits the rich bounty of 16mm footage of John McEnroe, then the world’s top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris’s Roland Garros Stadium in... Learn more