Ackland Film Forum

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AFF logo Black transp bkgrdThe Ackland Film Forum is a collaboration between the Ackland Art Museum and numerous departments at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlighting various 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.

Fall 2017: “Radiant Cinema: Light, Life, and Luminescence”

Organized by the Ackland Art Museum and the UNC-Chapel Hill Global Cinema Studies Program, with assistance from the Media Resources Center, part of UNC Libraries. Special thanks to the NC Latin American Film Festival and the Chapel Hill Film Society. This series is presented in connection with the Ackland Art Museum exhibition Flash of Light, Fog of War.

FREE with UNC One Card; $4 general public.

All screenings held at 7:00 PM at the Varsity Theater, 123 East Franklin St., Downtown Chapel Hill.

Moonlight– Tuesday, 10 October
(USA, 2016, dir. Barry Jenkins)
R | 1h 51min
Introduced by Rick Warner, UNC English & Comparative Literature

The winner of three Academy Awards including Best Motion Picture of 2017, Moonlight chronicles defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. His journey to manhood is guided by the support and love of the community that helps raise him.

Kagemusha – Tuesday, 17 October
(Japan, 1980, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
PG | 2h 42min

A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a powerful samurai warlord is hired as the lord’s double. When the warlord dies, the thief is forced to impersonate him and finds it difficult to live up to his new role during turbulent times in the kingdom.

The Lure (Córki dancingu) – Monday, 30 October
(Poland, 2015, dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska)
Not Rated | 1h 32min
Introduced by Dylan Caskie, Chapel Hill Film Society

In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters, who share a dream of swimming to America, are adopted by a musical family running a cabaret. While one of these sirens, “Silver,” seeks love and romance among humans, the other, “Golden,” has more bloodthirsty thoughts for the population of the city.

The Salt of the Earth – Tuesday, 7 November
(France/Brazil/Italy, documentary, 2014, dir. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders)
PG-13 | 1h 50min

For 40 years, photographer Sebastião Salgado has traveled across the world and witnessed some of the major events of our recent history, including civil wars, starvation, and mass immigrations. He is now exploring the world’s pristine territories, documenting wild fauna and flora and grand landscapes, as part of a massive photographic project as a tribute to the earth’s beauty.

Eyes Wide Shut – Tuesday, 28 November
(UK/USA, 1999, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
R | 2h 39min
Introduced by Rick Warner, UNC Dept. of English & Comparative Literature

A New York City doctor (Tom Cruise), married to an art curator (Nicole Kidman), pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.


The Ackland Film Forum is made possible by the generous support of Ruby Lerner.

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WUNC 91.5 – North Carolina Public Radio is the official media sponsor of the Ackland Film Forum.

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