FLINT — Movies at the Flint Institute of Arts traverse the world in February, traveling to elaborate state dinners in Paris, the mean streets of Cuba, joyous wedding ceremonies in South Africa, and recording studios representing the deep musical culture of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The Friends of Modern Art film series’ usual eclectic international lineup of cinema at the FIA begins the month, on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1–2, with Una Noche, a thriller that evokes the vibrant street life of Havana. Three Cuban teenagers prepare to make a perilous ocean journey to Florida.
On Feb. 7–9, the FOMA series presents Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy from South Africa (96 minutes, not rated). A white Afrikaner and a Zulu woman pose as a couple at a wedding – then decide to see if their budding relationship can survive their cultural differences.
Another unusual look at romance can be found in Blue Is the Warmest Color, playing February 21–23. In this French drama (179 minutes, rated NC-17), which won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a teenager finds her perceptions of sexuality challenged upon meeting an older woman who encourages her to assert her individuality.
Another French entry is Haute Cuisine, set for Feb. 14–16. Comedy and cuisine mix tastefully in a story (95 minutes, PG-13) of a celebrated chef faced with creating culinary miracles after being appointed the personal cook for the president of France. Before the screening on Feb. 15, FOMA will present a French dinner catered by Fandangles’; the deadline for reservations is Feb. 10.
Rounding out the month — playing Feb. 28 and March 1–2 — is Muscle Shoals, about the distinctive music created decades ago in the titular city that brought black and white together in the South’s cauldron of racial hostility. Gregg Allman, Bono, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, and others bear witness in this resonant documentary (111 minutes, PG).
The month’s Best of FOMA entry, slated for Feb. 6, is the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin.
All FOMA screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (and occasional Thursdays) and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets for main-series screenings, available at the door, are $6 general admission, $5 for FIA members, and $4 for FOMA members. Best of FOMA tickets are $2 for all patrons.
The Flint Institute of Arts is located just two blocks off I-475 in the Flint Cultural Center between the University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College. Museum hours are Mon–Wed & Fri 12-5 p.m.; Thu 12–9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sun 1-5 p.m.
Details: Visit FlintArts.org/Films, or call 810-234-1695. — G.G.