Are you ready for metalheads, fog machines, and French theater? Vivarium Studio’s entrancing production of LA MELANCOLIE DES DRAGONS premieres tonight at 8 PM! They’ll be performing every night at #theWex ‘til Sunday, so don’t miss your chance!

Vivarium Studio: La mélancolie des dragons

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Get a great overview of how our whole Via Brasil program started years ago, and how we're wrapping it up with this final encapsulating project—a book detailing the work of writer and critic Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes. We've got three films, a panel discussion, and visiting filmmaker tomorrow and Saturday (1/20-21)—join us to celebrate the end of our Via Brasil program!

Wex Takes On Book Publishing and Brazilian Cinema

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One of the most beloved Italian films, BELLISSIMA, screens tonight at 7 PM, starring Anna Magnani as a working-class mother who will sacrifice anything to turn her young daughter into a movie star. Better yet, it’s a double feature! The endearing comedy THE PEDDLER AND THE LADY follows at 9 PM as part of our continuing film series on the Italian cinema icon. Catch one movie or both! Details...
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ICYMI take a look back at everything that happened last year at the Wex—from cutting-edge exhibitions, performing arts events, and screenings, to timely conversations with today’s most engaging artists, scholars, and curators—it was a busy one for sure! Flip through this Issuu page for some of our featured favorites. ❤

Connected: 2015-2016 in Review

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Who is Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes? How did his grueling, unbelievable escape from prison lead him to become one of the most influential figures of Brazilian film and culture? If you’re not familiar with this prominent writer and critic, check out our latest blog post to learn more about him and his immense contribution to world cinema—his life story is truly fascinating!

Introducing Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes

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We're thrilled to have director Kleber Mendonça Filho here in person this Saturday for the showing of his new film AQUARIUS, which has been on many critics' top-ten lists for 2016. Brazilian icon Sônia Braga stars in this drama that The New York Times has called “a captivating film, an experience well worth seeking out.” Don't miss this exclusive screening! Check out the trailer below and grab...
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Aquarius Cannes Trailer (2016, Brazil, France) Kleber Mendonça Filho (English Subtitles)

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Piper Kerman, author of “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” will be coming to The Ohio State University next week on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 4 PM. She’ll be speaking about her personal experiences in prison and shed light on the wide-ranging collateral damage—particularly on family stability, women, children, and minorities—of America’s criminal justice practices. A book...
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COMPAS SPECIAL EVENT: Piper Kerman

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The New York Times review is in! See for yourself why they call Vivarium Studio's production of LA MELANCOLIE DES DRAGONS "wonderful" and "entrancing" when they perform at #theWex this Thursday through Sunday (1/19-22). ✨ Save yourself time and grab your tickets early here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Review: Back in Black, in a White Snowscape, in ‘La Mélancolie des dragons’

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Missed the premiere of our Anna Magnani film series last week? No worries, we've got another classic lined up for tonight. We'll be screening the 1950 Italian drama VULCANO directed by William Dieterle and starring Anna Magnani as a former prostitute who is exiled by the police to the tiny volcanic island of her youth. Film starts at 7 PM—get your tickets at [ Bit.ly Link ] and we'll see you...
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Off the Grid

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, teachings, and assassination—which are as significant today as ever—were the core of writer and activist James Baldwin’s final, unfinished manuscript. His writing on King and other pillars of the Civil Rights Movement, such as Medgar Evers and Malcolm X, would eventually go on to become the basis for the highly-acclaimed, pivotal film I Am Not Your Negro by...
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I Am Not Your Negro

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This Friday and Saturday (Jan. 20-21) join us as we celebrate the lasting legacy of Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes—an activist, essayist, teacher, and passionate advocate of Brazilian cinema. See classic films he championed such as O CANGACEIRO, the first Brazilian feature to receive world-wide distribution, and ZERO FOR CONDUCT, directed by revered French filmmaker Jean Vigo. We'll also have a...
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Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes: On Brazil and Global Cinema

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"Four men are sitting in a stalled car listening to vintage '80s tunes. They eat, drink and fuss with their hair as they groove to guitar riffs and guttural vocals..." —Los Angeles Times. This seemingly ordinary setup is just the beginning for French theater ensemble Vivarium Studio and their performance of LA MELANCOLIE DES DRAGONS. See what transpires in this enchanting production as these...
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Vivarium Studio La mélancolie des dragons

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We hate to break the news, but William Friedkin's previously scheduled talk on February 11 has been postponed. ☹ On the bright side, the reason he won't be able to make it is because he's working on post-production for a new documentary, so you can look forward to that! Don't worry, we still intend to have him visit in the future—more details to come when plans are arranged. Until then, you...
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A Life in Film: William Friedkin in Conversation

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Why make do when you can mash it up? Rapper and Ohio State computer science major Daniel Meredith has been a student member at the Wex since 2014. As he puts it, the Wex “has taught him how to look at the world differently.” Mash it up. Join today at wexarts.org/join.
Cinema Revival is back! Our five-day festival of film restoration returns for its third year to screen recently restored gems of cinema history. Masterworks by William Friedkin, Howard Hawks, and Lois Weber screen alongside engaging and insightful talks on the art and practice of film restoration by luminaries from Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation, National Film Preservation Foundation,...
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Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration

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TOWER was featured this morning on the Today Show as Meredith Vieira, one of the executive producers, talks a bit about the film and how she hopes it will honor the survivors of America’s first mass school shooting in 1966. Experience this Oscar buzz-worthy animated documentary screening at #theWex tonight and tomorrow evening. Tickets on sale here: [ Bit.ly Link ] (TOWER - Documentary)

‘Tower’ documentary executive-produced by Meredith Vieira gets Oscar buzz

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"Real Magic has been described as part-cabaret, part-game show with three seasoned members of the troupe occasionally in yellow chicken costumes..." - ColumbusUnderground.com. See what all the fuss is about with these chicken suits this Saturday and Sunday at #theWex! (Forced Entertainment)

Theatre Preview: Emotional and Playful Shows Coming Up at The Wexner Center

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What’s so special about Anna Magnani? Read a great overview of our nine-film retrospective on the Academy Award-winning Italian star from Maddwolf at ColumbusUnderground.com. The series kicks off tonight with ROME, OPEN CITY at 7 PM and L'AMORE at 9 PM. Grab your tickets here: [ Bit.ly Link ] and we'll see you there!

Magnani Retrospective Comes to the Wexner Center

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