Ladies & Gentlemen, please join us from your homes for the Living Room Film Festival. We are still curating programming for our audiences, with the bonus that you no longer need to be in Normal, IL to buy a ticket from our box office and see a film on our schedule. We are working with our distribution partners to provide virtual screenings of films that are still in their theatrical runs. Instructions on how to access the films once you have purchased are at the bottom of this page. These are films you can’t yet buy via an on-demand service - in any other time, you’d have to go to the theater to see them. But given that our brick & mortar location is closed down at the moment, it’s kinda like we’re moving our screen to your house. Pretty cool, eh?
Our first two titles are now live. We’ll also be listing some recommendations of films we love that we think you should see. So get the popcorn popping, and dim the lights. And if you happen to have blue & red neon tubes running the length of your ceiling, make sure you flip those off once the trailers are over. "And now, our Feature Presentation..."
After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy - but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community, but his unconventional sermons and un-priestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk - even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn’t revealed in the confessional booth. NR (Mature) / 116 min. In Polish w/ subtitles.
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
When small-time mob leader Zhou Zenong (Hu Ge) accidentally kills a cop, a dead-or-alive bounty is placed on his head, forcing him on the lam from both the police as well as dangerous gangsters out for the reward. Hiding out at the Wild Goose Lake, Zhou becomes entangled with a beautiful, enigmatic woman (Gwei Lun Mei), who has mysterious intentions of her own.
From the director of BLACK COAL, THIN ICE and featuring gorgeous, neon-drenched cinematography coupled with bursts of shocking, expertly choreographed action, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE is “spellbinding” (Rolling Stone), “brilliant" (Indiewire) and “downright Hitchcockian” (AV Club). NR / 113 min. In Chinese w/ subtitles.
Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her ’talents’ and tries to ignore the constant spirit related requests from locals – to exorcise possessed rubbish bins or haunted gravel. But! Christian Winter, a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager – making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter. Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift and work with Martin to save the girl, get the guy and be home in time for a light snack... maybe a yogurt or something. R / 94 min.
A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau. NR (Mature) / 132 min. In Portuguese w/ subtitles.