A fervent reunion between long-separated orphans begins this harrowing fable based on a 2005 incident in a Moldavian convent. Alina’s pious retreat into the remote Orthodox sect led by a glowering patriarch is disrupted by her devoted friend Voichita’s ardent entreaties, which begin to resemble demonic possession. Joining Mungiu’s Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, this ongoing exploration of women bonding as defense against totalitarian regimes stands at the forefront of the Romanian New Wave’s realist masterpieces. (2K DCP presentation) Contains brief nudity.
This Film Series brings together an eclectic range of films that deal with questions of gender and sexuality in inventive, challenging and often unlikely ways. Moving beyond the purview of lesbian and/ or gay cinema, the series creates a platform for a wide variety of film and video work of queer import, from avant-garde and arthouse to classic Hollywood and recent transnational cinema. Highlighting current work at the intersection of cinema studies and queer politics, theory and history, each screening features a tailored introduction by a scholar or filmmaker. Sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program, Film and Media Studies Program, Department of Communication and Culture, Department of Gender Studies, Russian and East European Institute, Department of American Studies and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Ryan Powell.
Cost: Free, but ticketed (pick up tickets at the IU Auditorium box office during regular hours or 30 minutes prior to any IU Cinema screening)
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