Timothée Chalamet’s New Film Makes Midwest Premiere at New Iowa Film Festival

  • “Bones & All” starring Timothée Chalamet debuts in Iowa City a month before its wide release.
  • The film is part of a new film festival.
  • David Kajganich, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, wrote the screenplay.

An Iowa theater has booked an early screening of an award-winning Timothée Chalamet film more than a month before its Nov. 23 release.

“I think we’re actually going an hour before (the New York screening),” said Ben Delgado, director of programming at MovieScenethe Iowa City non-profit movie theater.

After bringing home a Silver Lion and a Marcello Mastroianni Prize at the Venice Film Festival“Bones & All” premieres in the Midwest in Iowa City at 7 p.m. on October 6 at the Englert Theater, 221 E. Washington St.

The film will be part of the Refocus Film Festival in Iowa City, a new FilmScene event, co-founded by filmmaker Andrew Sherburne (“Save Brinton”, “Hockeyland”).

“To be one of the first stops in America after the Venice Film Festival is huge. We can help bring the world to Iowa,” said Liz Gilman, executive producer of Produce Iowa, the state media production office. “(FilmScene) is starting to plant its flag…and it should be on the circuit for more filmmakers to come here.”

What is “Bones & All”?

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The showcase for this year’s Refocus Film Festival, “Bones & All” is a film adaptation of Camille DeAngelis’ novel of the same name.

The new film is directed by Luca Guadagnino (“Suspiria,” “Call Me By Your Name”) with a screenplay by David Kajganich, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, who collaborated with Guadagnino on other projects like “A Bigger Splash”.

The film’s pitch is one that Sherburne notes “is kind of an eyebrow raiser”. The film is billed as a romance and horror flick, following a pair of lovers played by Taylor Russell and Chalamet, as they travel across the United States.

“Getting ‘Bones & All,’ in particular, is huge because one of the things we want this movie to do is create a stronger connection between the state of Iowa — particularly Iowa City — and the film industry and to recognize this role that we play and the relationships that we have here,” said Sherburne.

FilmScene founder Andrew Sherburne speaks briefly with director Michael Moore after the filmmaker's visit to Iowa City just before the 2020 caucuses on Thursday, January 30.

In 2021, FilmScene was also one of a few dozen theaters across the country that were a satellite location for the remote Sundance Film Festival.

According to Sherburne, DeAngelis, the novelist, and Kajganich, the screenwriter, will attend the Oct. 6 screening of the film in Iowa City.

“It’s wonderful that we can have people on both ends of the (coping) process talking about it that night,” Sherburne said.

“It’s nice that this film is the one that opens the festival and also has the strongest ties to Iowa City and the Writers’ Workshop,” Delgado said. “The synergy is good and hopefully sets the tone for the rest of the weekend and the festival moving forward.

What is the Refocus Film Festival?

Ben Delgado, Director of Programming for FilmScene, poses for a photo in the screening booth, Friday, July 16, 2021, at FilmScene at Chauncey in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Refocus Film Festival is partly a revival of the festival of the same name held at the University of Iowa in the 1960s through the late 1970s.

The festival brought out cinematographers, film editors, directors and more, according to a 1974 Press-Citizen article. The following year, the Press-Citizen called the film festival “the second largest audience” at IU’s annual homecoming celebration.

As the new festival is held in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, the theme of the revamped lineup is “adaptation.”

How this theme is portrayed from film to film can range from something like “Bones & All”, a fairly simple film adaptation of a novel of the same name, to “The Afterlight”, which is a bit more abstract.

“These are all images from different eras of film and cinema around the world… These are all people who are no longer alive, so the idea is that these are all people who are gone but their work remains” , explained Delgado. “There’s a lot of recontextualization that makes their original artwork… a completely new piece, but it’s not an adaptation of anything.”

How to get tickets for the Refocus Film Festival?

The festival is set to have 26 lineups, made up of films and performances, from Oct. 6-9, including “Bones & All,” which kicks off at an as-yet-undetermined time.

According to Sherburne, the best way to get tickets to the event is to buy a festival pass, which starts at $65 for a five-film pass to $230 for a full-length pass. the festival. FilmScene members will have discounted passes.

Passholders will get early access to tickets to featured films, those with more expensive passes will get first pick on Monday, September 19. Once passholders reserve tickets, the rest will go on sale to the general public on September 23. .

Weekly guests are still locked in, but the festival is expected to have directors, writers and other guest speakers.

For Gilman, who is also the Iowa State Film Commissioner, his hope for Refocus is that it continues to attract storytellers to the Hawkeye State.

“Remember, ‘Field of Dreams’ was an adaptation of a book,” she said. “We’ve seen the power of what this can do for the state. Who would have thought we’d end up with a great sports empire here? But it all started with this adaptation of a story that happened in Iowa City. “

Passes, tickets and more information regarding the Refocus Film Festival can be found at refocusfilmfestival.org.

Paris Barazza, journalist for Citizen Press, contributed to this article.

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Join it at [email protected]gannett.com or 319-600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.

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