In cooperation with the Friends of Modern Art, the FIA Theater presents quality independent, international, and classic films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. Films are screened every weekend in the comfort of plush theater-style seating and a state-of-the-art sound system.
April 29, 30 & May 1
(France/U.S., 2015) Directed by Kent Jones, 79 min., rated PG-13
Alfred Hitchcock was interviewed by French filmmaker Francois Truffaut in the 1960s for a
groundbreaking study of his career. This movie offers film clips, excerpts from the interviews, and input from directors David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and others.
May 6, 7, 8
(U.K./France, 2015) Directed by Justin Kurzel, 113 min., rated R
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard head the cast of a retelling of the immortal Shakespearean tragedy that was a major success at last year's Cannes Film Festival. EmpireOnline.com calls it "inspired, innovative … up there with the great screen Shakespeares."
A Perfect Day
May 13, 14, 15
(Spain, 2015) Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa, 106 min., subtitled, rated R
Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins appear in a seriocomic Spanish film—mostly in English but with some subtitles—that captures the insanity of war as it shows a group of aid workers attempting to resolve a crisis abroad. "It's all the more powerful for its subtlety," praises the Toronto Sun.
Born to Be Blue
May 20, 21, 22
(U.S., 2015) Directed by Robert Budreau, 97 min., rated R
Ethan Hawke stars as trumpeter Chet Baker in a reimagining of sorts of the life of the legendary jazz player. The screen Baker is haunted by his past to the point he may never play music again, but an enigmatic young woman (Carmen Ejogo) changes his life.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
May 27, 28, 29
(U.S., 2015) Directed by Chloe Zhao, 98 min., not rated
A largely nonprofessional cast populates what Variety calls a "sparely plotted, low-key but ultimately rewarding" drama set on a South Dakota reservation. A Native American family is endangered after the death of its patriarch.
My Golden Days
June 2, 3, 5
(France, 2015) Directed by Arnaud Desplechin, 123 min., subtitled, rated R
A French diplomat (Mathieu Amalric) recalls his adolescence and childhood, which include an unbalanced mother, a memorable trip to the USSR, a friend who betrayed him—and the love of his life. There is no screening on June 4.
June 10, 11, 12
(France, 2015) Directed by Xavier Giannoli, 109 min., subtitled, rated R
In a splendid satire inspired by a true story, a wealthy French woman of the 1920s is determined to establish a career as an opera singer—in spite of her not-so-tuneful voice and her obliviousness to her lack of talent. "A thoughtful examination of an unusual, deeply eccentric woman," writes the Los Angeles Times.
The Lady in the Van
June 17, 18, 19
(U.K., 2015) Directed by Nicholas Hytner, 104 min., rated PG-13
We began the season with a Maggie Smith movie (My Old Lady), and we're ending it with this one, from the director of The History Boys and The Madness of King George. Dame Maggie plays a transient woman who sets up shop in a British playwright's driveway in the titular vehicle.
Best of FOMA Series
(U.S., 1948) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 80 min., not rated
James Stewart plays an inquisitive professor invited to a dinner party by two elitist college students (Farley Granger, John Dall) who think they've committed the perfect crime. This is a great complement to our April 29 through May 1 presentation, the documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut.