Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: Young Girls of Rochefort

1967. France. Dir: Jacques Demy. With Catherine Deneuve. 120 min.

When a fair comes to town, the titular port whips up into a delectable, sherbet-colored spree of jazz and dance and love, for a weekend of crisscrossing missed connections and second chances. At the heart of the musical excitement are twin sisters – “a pair of carefree young things/waiting for the joys that love brings.”

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Superbad

2007. USA. Dir: Greg Mottola. With Michael Cera, Jonah Hill. 113 min.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Hill and buddy Cera must procure booze for the big senior-year party – how else will they get off the geek list? Plus, Oscar winner Emma Stone and that other girl will be there! Find fresh meaning (or at least rediscover old dick jokes) in this raunchy yet earnest comedy about best friends on the cusp of a new chapter in life.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: As I Open My Eyes

2015. Tunisia. Dir: Leyla Bouzid. With Baya Medhaffer. 102 min.

On the brink of the Arab Spring, young Farah’s punk rock band seems to be her only escape from the tensions that dominate all facets of her life. With the Tunis underground arts and activism scene as her stage, Bouzid delivers a tender and powerful look at Arab girlhood in the face of overwhelming familial, societal, and even governmental upheaval.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Tropical Malady

2004. Thailand. Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. With Banlop Lomnoi. 118 min.

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, Malady tells a story in two disconnected halves that mirror the agonies and ecstasies of love. In the first, sexual tension builds to dreamy climax as a solider pursues a coy country boy. In the second, a man hunts a shape-shifting tiger shaman through a hazy jungle, tormented by shadows.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Lawrence of Arabia

1962. UK/USA. Dir: David Lean. With Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness. 222 min.

When a British army officer is sent to assess the capabilities of an Arab insurgency the United Kingdom is supporting, he defies his orders and joins their struggle for independence. is influential epic bases itself not on the spectacle of violence, but on an intricate portrait of an eccentric man caught up in some- thing far larger than himself.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: The Lego Batman Movie (in 3D!)

2017. USA. Dir: Chris McKay. With Will Arnett. Animated. 104 min.

The Joker’s latest scheme leaves Batman no option but to team up with his newly adopted son in this self-aware spin-off of everyone’s favorite feature-length toy commercial. Despite being made of blocks, Arnett makes a surprisingly well-rounded Dark Knight, whose crime-fighting prowess is matched only by his fear of intimacy (and of snake clowns).


Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: The Handmaiden

2016. South Korea. Dir: Park Chan-wook. With Kim Min-hee. 144 min.

When a professional pickpocket is sent by a conman to serve as a Japanese heiress’s maid, the last thing she expects to discover is sexual freedom. Acclaimed director Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) transposes Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith to Japanese-occupied Korea in this sensational erotic thriller.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004. USA. Dir: Michel Gondry. With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet. 108 min.

Upon learning that his former girlfriend has undergone a memory erasure procedure to forget their relationship, a soft-spoken man decides to do the same. Dazzling, dreamlike imagery and sci-fi wonder show the memories of a couple in reverse, as Gondry stretches an already poignant Charlie Kaufman script to its emotional breaking point.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series Statement on The Holy Mountain

The Following Statement comes from the 2015-2016 Wesleyan Film Board:

After releasing this quarter’s calendar, members of the Film Board learned that Alejandro Jodorowosky, the director of The Holy Mountain (to be shown on Thursday, April 20), has openly claimed to have sexually assaulted a cast-member while working on his previous film El Topo. While these accounts are not recent, none of the members of the Film Board were aware of Jodorowsky’s past comments until after the calendar’s release.

First and foremost, we sincerely apologize for programming this film into the calendar; had we known of Jodorowosky’s statements, which can be easily found online, we would not have suggested its screening. Upon learning this information, we looked into possible alternative films to screen that night and discovered that replacing or cancelling the screening of The Holy Mountain would be impossible. The film’s distributor, which is not one of our regular vendors, has a formal booking process for 35mm films, which involves signing booking contracts in advance and pre-paying for the booking. Due to those contractual obligations, we were unable to cancel Holy Mountain. Furthermore, we neither had sufficient time nor funds to book an alternative screening for April 20.

The Film Board aims to bring to campus movies that will provide education and entertainment, but we also have a responsibility to program films by directors whose voices are worth championing. As a part of this duty, we must strive to showcase filmmakers who we can look up to, not those that perpetuate abuse. We can and must do better.

In the future, the Board pledges to prioritize research into the films and directors that we consider for screenings. We must be extremely mindful of the histories of the Jodorowoskys, Polanskis, and Allens of the world, and it is our responsibility to be aware of what we are endorsing, implicitly or explicitly, by screening any particular film. Additionally, several Board members will not be attending the screening of Holy Mountain in order to acknowledge our missteps in this booking. We recognize that this is only a starting point, and we welcome further feedback from the Wesleyan community as to how to handle situations like this in the future.

We again apologize for booking Holy Mountain, and we hope that you enjoy the remaining films on the calendar for this semester.

Film Series: A History of Violence

2005. USA. Dir: David Cronenberg. With Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello. 96 min.

From the director of Videodrome comes the story of a small-town everyman with a fine job and a beautiful family…until he kills a pair of would-be armed robbers. A one-eyed man comes into town asking questions about a past our hero doesn’t seem to have, and his American dream becomes a waking nightmare.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free