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VCUarts Cinematheque coming to Grace Street Theater

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts announced VCUarts Cinematheque, a new series of 10 world and independent art films to be screened at the Grace Street Theater.

Feature films will be projected in 35mm with VCUarts’ brand-new, state-of-the-art projecting system. The system includes a new theatrical screen, Dolby Stereo Surround Audio System and a German Kinoton FP 30D projector. The Grace Street Theater, which is located at 934 W. Grace St., seats 250 people in a stadium-seating layout.

The inaugural Cinematheque season will hold Tuesday screenings that start promptly at 7 p.m. The screenings will be free and open to the public on a first-come basis.

“We are excited that there will be an alternative theatrical film venue in Richmond to present art and world cinema in 35mm in a state-of-the-art movie theater,” said Rob Tregenza, director and professor in the VCUarts Department of Cinema and the programmer for the Cinematheque. “This series will provide a new opportunity for the VCU and Richmond community to experience great films in a setting and format that honors the work.”

Tregenza selected and programmed feature films in the series from current theatrical art house releases, world cinema and classic art cinema with input from the School of the Arts, the School of World Studies and cinephiles from the community.

The feature films for the fall are:

“The Island (Ostrov)” by Pavel Lungin – Sept. 6
Area: World Cinema/Russia

“The Window (La Ventana)” by Carlos Sorín – Sept. 13
Area: World Cinema/ Argentina

“Sita Sings the Blues” by Nina Paley – Sept. 20
Area: Animation

“White Material” by Claire Denis – Sept. 27
Area: The Masters

“Nostalgia for the Light” by Patricio Guzmán – Oct. 18
Area: The Masters/Documentary

“Hukkle (Hiccup)” by Gyorgy Palfi – Oct. 25
Area: Open Vault/Art Cinema

“Certified Copy” by Abbas Kiarostami – Nov. 8
Area: The Masters/World Cinema

“Le Quattro Volte” by Michelangelo Frammartino – Nov. 22
Area: World Cinema

“Mother and Son” by Aleksandr Sokurov – Nov. 29
Area: Open Vault/ Art Cinema

“A Screaming Man” by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun – Dec. 6
Area: World Cinema

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