The Film Series is back and better than ever! Make sure to pick up a copy of our first calendar to see what we’ve got in store this month, from old favorites like “The Big Lebowski” to new gems such as “Booksmart,” featuring Wes alum Beanie Feldstein ’15. This calendar also includes two 3D screenings, as well as our annual Hispanic Film Series, which highlights the most powerful recent works of cinema from the Spanish-speaking world.
For all who are new to Wesleyan, the series runs every week, Wednesday through Saturday. All screenings—except our five dollar Fridays, where you’ll catch our most popular movies and recent releases—are free. We program a wide variety of films of different genres, styles, directors, time periods, and countries of origin. There is truly something for everyone. We hope our viewers will take a step out of of their cinematic comfort zones, not only rediscovering classics they’ve forgotten, but also taking a chance on new or unfamiliar movies. We promise it’ll be worth it.
From everyone on the Film Board, we hope you enjoy the screenings and we look forward to seeing you in the Goldsmith soon!
1998. USA. Dir: Wes Anderson. With Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray. 90 min.
Wednesday, Sept. 4. 8 p.m. Free.
Max is in practically every club and society at Rushmore Academy…but is also the school’s worst student. He finds a confidant and mentor in his classmate’s business tycoon father (Murray) and falls for the school’s new teacher, but when he discovers that his new friend is also pining for her, it’s 15-year-old vs. 50-year-old in an all-out war for love.
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
2019. USA. Dir: Joe Talbot. With Jimmie Fails, Danny Glover. 121 min.
Thursday, Sept. 5. 8 p.m. Free.
In 1946 Jimmie’s grandfather built a house in San Fran’s famed Fillmore District. Now, Jimmie and his best friend are looking to get it back. In this winding quest that mirrors the streets of the city, the men find that gentrification, displacement, and racism obstruct their journey to reclaim the past.
“Castle in the Sky”
1986. Japan. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki. Animation. 125 min.
Friday, Sept. 6. 8 p.m. $5.
If you liked “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Spirited Away,” and “Princess Mononoke,” you’ll enjoy this earlier wonder of hand-drawn animation from Studio Ghibli maestro Miyazaki. An orphan boy encounters a girl descending from the sky; together they embark on a journey to find the floating city of Laputa, while avoiding pirates and kidnappers.
1995. India. Dir: Ram Gopal Varma. With Urmila Matondkar, Aamir Khan. 142 min.
Saturday, Sept. 7. 8 p.m. Free.
An aspiring actress rises to fame upon being discovered by an aging star; meanwhile, her childhood friend struggles to express his true feelings for her. Featuring A.R. Rahman’s revolutionary soundtrack and a star-making performance from Khan, docudrama auteur Varma’s unlikely foray into Bollywood brims with color and vitality.