The Ackland Film Forum is a collaboration between the Ackland Art Museum and numerous departments at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlighting different aspects of the art of cinema and showcasing the aesthetic power of film. Art films, narrative films, and documentaries are chosen by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and Ackland staff, often in connection with particular courses, campus-wide initiatives, or exhibitions.
SCREENINGS – Spring 2015
In connection with Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700, the Ackland Film Forum presents:
Rated aRt: Risqué Films about Art in the Eighteenth Century
FREE. All screenings at 7:00 PM in Hanes Art Center 121, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Directions to Hanes Art Center.
Wednesday, 4 March:
Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears, 1988)
Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Art Direction, Dangerous Liaisons follows the revengeful plot created by Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) to end her ex-lover’s (John Malkovich) current relationship. Also starring Uma Thurman and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Friday, 6 March NEW DATE! (rescheduled from 5 Mar):
Ridicule (Patrice Leconte, 1996)
Set at the decadent court of Versailles, where social status rose and fell based on one’s ability to mete out witty insults and avoid embarrassment, Ridicule looks at the decadence, corruption, and callousness of French aristocrats of the eighteenth century.
Tuesday, 10 March:
Quills (Philip Kaufman, 2000)
Quills reimagines the last years of the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush), who has been sentenced to the Charenton Asylum for the Insane for his scandalous political commentary. Determined not to be silenced, he has his political machinations smuggled out for publication with the help of the asylum’s laundress, Madeleine LeClerc (Kate Winslet). Quills received three Oscar nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. Also starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Abbé du Coulmier and Michael Caine as Dr. Royer-Collard.
Wednesday, 11 March (rescheduled from 24 Feb):
The Draughtsman’s Contract (Peter Greenaway, 1982)
Mr. Neville, an arrogant young artist, is contracted by Mrs. Virginia Herbert to produce twelve drawings of her husband’s estate. But when Mr. Herbert’s body is found, Mr. Neville’s drawings prove to be worth more than originally thought. This murder mystery is was the recipient of the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Film Critics Association.
Tuesday, 17 March:
Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola, 2006)
Written and directed by Sophia Coppola, this daring, highly-stylized period film looks at the life of the French queen (Kirsten Dunst) in the years leading up to the French Revolution. Coppola was given unprecedented access to the Palace of Versailles for the filming and chose New Wave and Post-Punk music for the soundtrack. “This is Sophia Coppola’s third film centering on the loneliness of being female and surrounded by a world that knows how to use you but not how to value and understand you.” – Roger Ebert