The Normal Theater is honored to be among the participants in The Seventh Art Stand, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. Over 50 arthouse and independent cinemas are taking part in this nationwide event throughout the month of May. Additional details to come regarding discussions and other programming around these films. Admission to all titles is the Normal Theater's standard $7 for general tickets and $5 for students.IRAQI ODYSSEYWednesday, 5/10 & Saturday, 5/20 at 7:00pmFilmmaker Samir examines the history of his extended Iraqi family while traveling throughout the world to visit his scattered relatives in this compelling documentary.NR / 90 min. In multiple languages; subtitled.
THE SALESMANThursday, 5/11; Saturday, 5/13; Friday, 5/19; and Sunday, 5/21 at 7:00pmWhile both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections. Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. PG-13 / 124 min. In Persian w/ subtitles.
QUEENS OF SYRIAFriday, 5/12 & Wednesday, 5/17 at 7:00pmQueens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of "The Trojan Women," the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy about the plight of women in war. What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved,and bereaved by the Trojan War. NR / 70 min. In Arabic w/ subtitles.
Jafar Panahi's TAXISunday, 5/14 & Thursday, 5/18 at 7:00pmJafar Panahi, banned from making movies by the Iranian government, poses as a taxi driver and interviews his passengers about social challenges in Iran in this funny and poignant documentary. Also known as TAXI TEHRAN.NR / 82 min. In Persian w/ subtitles.
CAIRO STATIONTuesday, 5/16 at 7:00pmA defining piece of Egyptian cinema and Arab cinema, directed by the acclaimed Youssef Chahine (who also features in the role of Qinawi). Taking place entirely in the eponymous transportation depot, the film is a genre-defying crime thriller involving a love-triangle of workers in the station, while serving as a larger metaphor for mid-century Egyptian society. A truly remarkable piece from 1958. NR / 77 min. In Arabic with subtitles.As a Tuesday Night Classic, Friends of the Normal Theater may attend CAIRO STATION at no additional cost. For more information, please visit the Friends of the Normal Theater page.