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September 20, 2017, 7:00 PM
Bocafloja is a Multi-disciplinary artist; Film, Music, Poetry, Photography and Theater are some of his mediums of creation. Join us for an evening of conversation, performance, and the screening of Bocafloja's new short film NANA DIJO, a vibrant and relevant conversation on race, identity, history and coloniality through narratives in first person. Presented by the Illinois State University Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology.
September 21, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris’s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. And thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever. NR / 190 min w/ intermission. In French w/ subtitles.
September 22, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary Franc¸ois Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash in 1962 and remains every bit as audacious and entrancing today. NR / 106 min. In French w/ subtitles.
September 22, 2017, 10:00 PM
The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is arrested for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him. Together they realize that Kokone’s dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen tech, and they embark on a journey that traverses dreams and reality, city and country, and past and present. Their mission uncovers a trail of clues to her father’s disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone’s family.
From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation. NR / 111 min. In Japanese w/ subtitle
September 23, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
A Tuesday Night Classic. In Frank Capra's acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously marries the scheming King Westley, leading her tycoon father (Walter Connolly) to spirit her away on his yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie falls in with cynical newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who offers to help her reunite with her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story. But during their travels, the reporter finds himself falling for the feisty young heiress. NR / 105 min.
September 23, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
September 24, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Presented in celebration of Art House Theater Day 2017.
Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, REVOLTING RHYMES mixes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little PIgs, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella, and serves them with a mischievous twist. 60 min. Appropriate for all ages.
September 24, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
September 25, 2017, 7:00 PM
A throwback to a bygone era of live entertainment, the Normal Theater is thrilled to present Vaudeville Mondays. Every other Monday night, join us for an evening of spectacle and performance. Each show will contain a number of different acts that will cross genres and performance styles-theatre, comedy, music, dance, magic, film, lecture, demonstrations, and anything else you can imagine. Each show will have a different collection of local artists and performers. You will never see the same show twice!
This all-ages appropriate showcase of local performers of all disciplines is completely free to attend, and is a key aspect of the Normal Theater's mission to be a performance venue for and of the community.
September 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Advance Screening presented by Universal Pictures. A murdered college student relives the day of her death in an effort to learn her killer's identity. PG-13 / 90 min.
September 27, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Part of the Six Week Film School series, "From ALICE to SILENCE - The Scorsese Style," curated by William Thomas McBride.
After her husband dies, Alice (Ellen Burstyn) and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make it as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as waitress in a small diner. She intends to stay in Arizona just long enough to make the money needed to head back out on the road, but her plans change when she begins to fall for a rancher named David (Kris Kristofferson). 1974 / PG / 112 min.
September 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
"Au revoir les enfants" tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening. PG / 104 min. In French w/ subtitles.
September 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
One woman decides to change the world by bettering the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it's time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe. R / 121 min. In French w/ subtitles.
September 29, 2017, 10:00 PM
September 30, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
September 30, 2017, 10:00 PM