After a brief winter hibernation, Establishing Shot is reestablished and back to discuss a busy month of March. It’s so busy that Ted and Ricky have called in a heavy hitter to work through all that is happening. Answering the call is Dr. Paulette Curtis, a longtime friend of the Browning Cinema and, broadly, the arts here at Notre Dame.
March has a particular uptick in new releases, some of which come with awards laurels and others from less recognized paths. One film now able to tout an Oscar is Free Solo, the documentary about a climb up the 3,000-ft. El Capitan monolith performed with no ropes, no safety harnesses, and no protective gear. Similarly, Capernaum stood for an Academy Award, that being for Best Foreign Language Film against juggernaut Roma, and continues to impress audiences with its story of a savvy kid who manages life on the streets of Lebanon. Museo, another foreign language film, comes from Mexico and stars Gael García Bernal as a perpetrator of the major heist at the Anthropology Museum in 1985. Another Spanish-language feature playing is Los Niños de María, a documentary on the struggles faced by Puerto Rican children in the wake of 2017’s Hurricane María produced by Laura Duque, who is scheduled to appear at the Browning Cinema with the film.
Three films about, in part, gentrification are playing, including Blindspotting about Oakland’s quickly changing landscape and The Bread Factory Part 1 and The Bread Factory Part 2, both on a fictional small town’s challenges to outside investment. The rights of those marginalized also comes into focus in On the Basis of Sex, the biopic of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prior to her time on the Supreme Court that is being presented in conjunction with Notre Dame Law School.
Lastly, three art films round out the month of new releases: Permanent Green Light about a high schooler’s search for meaning, Notes on an Appearance about people on the hunt for a recluse, and Madeline’s Madeline about the blended line between stage parents and the stage.
Other ongoing series include the Met Live performances, which include La Fille du Régiment by Donizetti and Die Walküre by Wagner. The Learning Beyond the Classics focus on Hitchcock continues with three of his best-known films: Strangers on a Train, Shadow of a Doubt, and Rear Window. The Nanovic Institute Film Series continues with In My Room, a German take on The Leftovers, and Professor Pfinklepfunder’s Sunday Family Films include Boys Town, The Lego Batman Movie, and The Lorax. A new series done in partnership with the Michiana VegFest is bringing Jane and PlantPure Nation with panel discussions and, relatedly, the classic poetic documentary Koyaanisqatsi, in part of the environmental issues presented by urbanization, will be screening with its famed score’s composer, Philip Glass, scheduled to discuss it.