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June 3, 2018, 1:00 PM
The Normal Theater is proud to partner with McLean County Unit 5 Schools to present a new documentary. Angst is a 56-minute film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools. This event is free to attend. NR / 56 min.
June 3, 2018, 4:00 PM
Underlining the gap between the worlds of the have-nots and the elites by switching between black and white and glamorous colors, THE GREAT BUDDHA+ vividly illustrates a corrupted village in rural southern Taiwan with memorable style, heartfelt empathy, and whimsical humor. Security guard Pickle and his trash collector friend Belly Button kill time together in night shifts watching the American-educated boss's dash-cam recordings. Against the buddies’ will, something horrifying reveals. NR (Mature) / 102 min. In Minnan w/ subtitles.
"...a mordant black comedy that’s a digital-era homage to “Rear Window.” Sporting an ingeniously cinematic concept that’s nimbly executed by writer-director Huang Hsin-yao and producer-DP Chung Mong-hong, this ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment. Arguably the best film to emerge from a year of exciting resurgence in Taiwan..." - Maggie Lee, Variety
June 3, 2018, 7:00 PM
Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn’t as young men, they’re forced to reconsider the cult’s beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult. NR / 112 min.