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Free Films in the Mediatheque

  • Thursday–Thursday, March 23–30

Discover the history of cinema in the Walker’s newly remodeled self-select cinema. The Bentson Mediatheque is a place to make new discoveries in moving image and get reacquainted with old favorites. Choose from more than 200 titles from the Ruben/Benston Moving Image Collection, or select one of our specially curated playlists accessible via touchscreen controls. Unique to the Walker, the Bentson…



“A thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.”

—Boston Globe

  • Friday, March 24
  • 80 min.
  • Dir. Heather Rae
  • Released 2005

Resulting from 12 years of extensive research, Trudell is an intimate portrait of poet and leader in the American Indian Movement John Trudell. Trudell’s legacy, including his influence at the United Indians of All Tribes’ occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969, positioned him as a prominent voice in the fight for Native American rights, while prompting the FBI to label him as a “subversive.” Trudell…


Views from Standing Rock

  • Saturday, March 25
  • Dir. Heather Rae and Cody Lucich

Join filmmakers Heather Rae (Trudell), Cody Lucich, and Stacey Thunder for a discussion of documentary filmmaking, activism, and representation, moderated by Missy Whiteman. The program includes the presentation of footage from Rae and Lucich’s AKICITA, a forthcoming documentary about the global indigenous uprising born at Standing Rock, and an episode from Thunder’s forthcoming series of short films…

March 29

Filmmaker in Conversation: Titicut Follies

“'Titicut Follies' is a great work, a near-masterpiece not just of the documentary form, but of moviemaking in any category.”

—Village View

  • Wednesday, March 29
  • 84 min.
  • Dir. Frederick Wiseman
  • Released 1967

Frederick Wiseman’s groundbreaking documentary masterpiece starkly portrays the conditions at the Bridgewater State Prison for the Criminally Insane in the late 1960s. Wiseman’s film served as the inspiration for the James Sewell Ballet’s Titicut Follies—The Ballet, which premieres in Minneapolis on March 30. An acclaimed innovator of the documentary genre, Wiseman was recently presented with an…

March 31


“[T]here's no question that this Un Certain Regard premiere's directorial flair and thematic complexity ... should help further consolidate Boo's own reputation as one of the region's names to watch.”

—Hollywood Reporter

  • Friday March 31–Sunday April 2
  • 96 min.
  • Dir. Boo Junfeng
  • Released 2016

The story of a young correctional officer’s relationship with an aging executioner, Apprentice uses the nuances of family and friendship to delve into the practice of capital punishment and its impact on executioners, prisoners, and their families. 2016, Singapore, in English/Malay with English subtitles, 96 minutes.

April 14

Dark Night

“Obliquely told in a kind of broken glass collage of images and seemingly unconnected scenes, writer/director Tim Sutton’s third arthouse feature-length effort ('Pavillion', and 'Memphis' previously) is masterfully made with first-rate precision, but it’s a wrenching experience.”


  • Friday–Sunday, April 14–16
  • 85 min.
  • Dir. Tim Sutton
  • Released 2016

Loosely inspired by the 2012 massacre in a multiplex in Aurora, CO, Dark Night is a meditative critique of American gun culture taking place over a single day in the lives of six strangers. The film primarily focuses the seemingly mundane activities of everyday life, revealing underlying violence, loneliness and frustration. Dark Night was shot in Sarasota, Florida, by celebrated French DP Hélène…

April 20

Expanding the Frame: Stasis & Motion

  • Thursday, April 20

Minneapolis-based artists Sam Hoolihan, John Marks, and Crystal Myslajek premiere a newly commissioned work of expanded cinema. Using hand-processed film stocks and music, they respond to rare prints from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. A discussion with the artists follows.

April 21

The Transfiguration

“'The Transfiguration' is a difficult movie to classify, but one with an emotional depth that creeps up on you.”

—Hollywood Reporter

  • Friday–Sunday, April 21–23
  • 97 min.
  • Dir. Michael O’Shea
  • Released 2016

Set in the housing projects of Rockaway, Long Island, this is the story of a shy teenage orphan who immerses himself in vampire mythology as protection from (and perhaps retaliation against) bullying. Michael O’Shea’s contemporary spin on the vampire genre adapts traditional horror into an examination of poverty, race, and class. 2016, US, 97 minutes.

April 28

The Stopover (Voir du Pays)

“As cuttingly observed as it is pristinely composed.”


  • Friday–Sunday, April 28–30
  • 102 min.
  • Dir. Delphine and Muriel Coulin
  • Released 2016

As their military duty comes to end, longtime friends Aurore and Marine are sent to a resort in Cyprus for recovery. An examination of the French practice of putting returning troops on decompression leave, this second feature from the Coulin sisters (17 Girls) examines the impact of trauma and varying effects of state-sanctioned healing. 2016, France/Greece, in French/English/Greek with English…

May 5

Ma’ Rosa

“Mendoza continues to be a filmmaker who shines a light into the dark corners of otherwise unreported lives”

—Screen Daily

  • Friday–Sunday, May 5–7
  • 110 min.
  • Dir. Brillante Ma Mendoza
  • Released 2016

A penetrating exploration of political corruption and poverty, Brillante Ma Mendoza’s newest film is the story of Ma’ Rosa, a matriarch faced with a hefty police bribe. Shot in Manila during the hot summer months, the film is both a striking family drama featuring impressive performances from its leads (Jaclyn Jose won the best actress prize at Cannes for her portrayal of Ma’ Rosa) and an urban…

May 12

The Death of Louis XIV

“Surely the most beautiful film at Cannes 2016.”

—Sight & Sound

  • Friday–Sunday, May 12–14
  • 115 min.
  • Dir. Albert Serra
  • Released 2016

Featuring a striking performance by French screen legend Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows), The Death of Louis XIV is an intimate portrait of the divine ruler facing his mortality as he struggles to maintain power in the final hours of his life. Heightened sensory details and confined cinematography intensify the bedridden king’s physical atrophy. 2016, France/Portugal/Spain, in French with English…