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IU Cinema to show ‘X-Files,’ ‘Mulholland Drive,' and more January and February

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IU Cinema currently has 65 screenings planned for this semester, many of which are staff selections, independent films, queer films and more. Read below for more information on this month's showings.  

Jan. 24: “The Conformist”/ “Il Conformista” 

At 7 p.m., Hoosiers can watch this 1970 political film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. This is his first film, and it follows Jean-Louis Trintignant, a member of Mussolini’s secret police out on a mission to kill an old professor who left Italy after fascism rose in the country. Admission is $5.  

Jan. 26: “Virus Tropical” 

This film is an adaptation of the graphic memoir made by Paola “Power” Gaviria. The story recaps Paola’s young adult life and its growing pains. Santiago Caicedo directed this 2017 production. Hoosiers can see it at 7 p.m. for $5 admission.  

Jan. 27-28: “Utama” 

IU Cinema is showing this recent work of Alejandro Loayza Grisi at 4 p.m. for $5 with a student ID and $8 for general admissions. The story is about an older Quechua couple and their struggles in a long drought. This movie won the Sundance 2022 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and is part of IU Cinema’s International Art House series.  

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Jan. 27: “Possessor” 

At 10 p.m., Hoosiers can watch Tasya Vos, a corporate agent, use brain-implanting technology to inhibit other people and ultimately commit assassinations for jobs. “Possessor” is a 2020 film directed by Brandon Cronenberg. This is one of many of the Not-Quite Midnight series shown at IU Cinema. Admission is $5.   

Jan. 28: “Love and Anarchy”/ “Film D’Amore E D’Anarchia” 

This 1973 story is about a bitter farmer who moves to a Roman brothel after a friend is killed by fascists. Alongside a sex worker who despises the government, they conspire to assassinate Mussolini. Lina Wertmüller directed this film, and interested Hoosiers can watch it at 7 p.m. for a $5 admission fee.  

Jan. 31: “Mean Streets” 

It’s been 50 years since Martin Scorsese directed this film back in 1973. The story follows a young man named Charlie as he earns his salt in the Little Italy Mafia while balancing a forbidden romance and troublesome friendship with a man who goes by Johnny Boy. The cast includes Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. With the film, Scorsese gained a lot of recognition in the film industry. Admission is $5.  

Feb. 2: “The X-Files" 

IU Cinema will be showing the 1998 movie that became the first feature-length film based on the television series. For a $5 admission fee, Hoosiers can see this staff pick at 7 p.m. and watch Mulder and Scully fight against the government and uncover secrets about alien populations on Earth.  

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Feb. 9: “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" 

Another staff select, the film celebrates three friends living their best lives during a vacation after one of them gets engaged. Zoya Akhtar directed this film in 2011. Admission is $5. 

Feb. 14: “Mulholland Drive” 

“Mulholland Drive" is a 2001 film directed by David Lynch. It’s about a woman who gets into a car accident while on Mulholland Drive and becomes an amnesiac. On a journey through Los Angeles with another woman she encounters, she looks for answers about her identity. Interested Hoosiers can see the film at 7 p.m. for a $5 admission fee.  

Feb. 21: “Malcolm X" 

This is a Spike Lee film released in 1992. The show is at 7 p.m. with free but limited admission. Denzel Washington performs in this biopic addressing the civil rights movement and Malcolm X’s personal philosophy. 

During March and April, IU Cinema will screen Cate Blanchett in her performance of “Tár” as well as its Native Women in Cinema series, Michael McRobbie’s Choice Film Series and more. Stay tuned for another preview in the coming months.  

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