Travel the world with FIA films in November

— In November, viewers can journey through the backwoods of Tennessee, the concert halls of Europe and the dance studios of Australia in the Friends of Modern Art Film Series at the Flint Institute of Arts.

Five November films are on tap in the series in the FIA Theatre, starting Nov. 5-7 with the American comedydrama Get Low, starring Robert Duvall as a Tennessee old-timer who throws himself a “living funeral.”

It’s followed on Nov. 12-14 by a European comedy, The Concert. Playing the same weekend (on Nov. 11-13) is a Spanish horror film, Paintball.

Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton stars in the FIA’s Nov. 19-21 offering, the Italian romantic drama I Am Love. It’s followed Nov. 26-28 by an Australian drama, Mao’s Last Dancer, from Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford.

The FIA’s College Town Movie Series of Thursday night screenings includes the rock ’n’ roll biopic The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart (of Twilight fame) and Dakota Fanning, on Nov. 4. Paintball plays Nov. 11, followed by a fact-based drama, Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles, with Zac Efron.

The FIA film schedule for November:


Unless noted, tickets (available at the door) are $6 general admission, $5 for FIA members and $4 for Friends of Modern Art members.

Nov. 5-6 (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 7 (2

Get Low

(U.S., 2010) Directed by Aaron Schneider, 100 min., rated PG-13

Robert Duvall stars in a comedydrama based on the true story of a 1920s backwoods recluse who attracts national attention by throwing himself a “living funeral” party. Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray and Gerald McRaney also are in the cast.

Nov. 11 (9 p.m.), Nov. 12-13 (10


(Spain, 2009) Directed by Daniel Benmayor, 90 min., not rated

Our late-night feature for November is a Spanish horror thriller about men who sign up for a weekend paintball adventure but instead face a gripping fight for survival in the wild. Admission is free to patrons with college ID or FIA College Town membership on Nov. 11 only.

Nov. 12-13 (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 14 (2

The Concert

(France-Italy-Russia, 2009) Directed by Radu Mihaileanu, 119 min., subtitled, rated PG-13

This uplifting comedy concerns a true band of misfits: a Russian orchestra reunited after 30 years by its conductor, now a lowly janitor, for a concert in Paris.

Nov. 19-20 (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 21 (2

I Am Love

(Italy, 2010) Directed by Luca Guadagnino, 120 min., subtitled, rated R

Tilda Swinton stars as the Russianborn wife of an Italian aristocrat who enters into an affair with a friend of her son. Tradition and emotion clash in what Roger Ebert calls “an amazing film … deep, rich, human.”

Nov. 26-27 (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 28 (2

Mao’s Last Dancer
(Australia, 2010) Directed by Bruce Beresford, 117 min., rated PG

From the maker of Driving Miss Daisy and Tender Mercies comes a fact-based drama about a poor Chinese youth who finds freedom and love through dance. Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan and Joan Chen are familiar names in the cast.


Unless noted, admission is free for patrons with college ID or FIA College Town membership. Others pay $6 general admission, $5 for FIA members and $4 for FOMA members, at the door.

Nov. 4 (9 p.m.)

The Runaways

(U.S., 2010) Directed by Floria Sigismondi, 106 min., rated R

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning play a pair of feuding young rockers in a coming-of-age film about the real ’70s teenage band The Runaways. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this film “bursts with energy, youth, excess, female empowerment, sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.”

Nov. 11 (9 p.m.), Nov. 12-13 (10


(Spain, 2009) Directed by Daniel Benmayor, 90 min., not rated

The term “weekend warrior” takes on a whole new meaning in a Spanish horror thriller about eight strangers who sign up for a weekend paintball adventure that turns into a nightmare.

Admission for all patrons to the Nov. 12-13 screenings is $6 for non-members, $5 for FIA members and $4 for FOMA members.

Nov. 18 (9 p.m.)

Me and Orson Welles

(U.S., 2009) Directed by Richard Linklater, 114 min., rated PG-13

From the director of The School of Rock and Before Sunset comes a factbased drama about a teenager (Zac Efron) who lands a role in Orson Welles’ groundbreaking 1930s production of “Julius Caesar.” Claire Danes also stars. — G.G.

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