Beginning with a cavalcade of international film festivals and ending with December’s reliable onslaught of big-budget releases, fall is always a crazy time at the movies. Here’s what Nashville moviegoers can expect to see on screens in the coming months.
From September 29 to October 5, the 53rd installment of the Nashville Film Festival will take place at the Belcourt, the Andrew Johnson Theater at TPAC and the Franklin Theatre. Some of this year’s highlights include Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival; the documentary directed by Dolly Parton Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; LeVar Burton/reading rainbow document butterfly in the sky; Cannes success After Sun; the family drama acid man with Thomas Haden Church and Dianna Agron; and well-received doc on Sundance music Meet Me in the Bathroom: Renaissance and Rock and Roll in New York 2001-2011. The festival will be completed by two musical documentaries. The Return of Tanya Tucker: With Brandi Carlile is the opening night film, which will screen on September 29 at 6:30 p.m., and The Black and the Blues of Louis Armstrong will wrap things up Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. These two screenings are planned for the Belcourt. Also: Don’t be surprised if a handful of unexpected screenings pop up on the NaFF calendar outside of the fall festival circuit. The full list of more than 150 films — along with in-person and virtual screening passes, plus panel details and more — is available at nashvillefilmfestival.org.
The overlap with NaFF will be this year International Black Film Festival, which runs September 29 through October 2 at Belmont University’s R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center and Z. Alexander Looby Center Theater. Among this year’s IBFF titles are Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, a biopic about the legendary titular gospel singer; documentaries Bonnie Blue: James Cotton’s life in the blues, Class of COVID 19 and Raised on the west side, and a number of narrative and documentary shorts. Attendees can also expect a roster of panels and workshops, including Take advantage of movie and TV incentives and It’s a Deal: Getting Distribution in 2022 and Beyond. Visit ibffevents.com for festival passes, screening tickets and more details.
As always, Nashville moviegoers can look forward to a promising fall lineup at Belcourt Theater. Kicking off later this month will be the Hillsboro Village arthouse Bowie at the movies series, beginning with director Brett Morgen’s experimental documentary Lunar Reveriewhich opens September 23. The series will continue in October with a slate of films featuring Bowie as an actor, including Hunger; The man who fell to earth; Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence; Prestige; The Last Temptation of Christ and Twin Peaks: Fire Walks With Me. New features coming to the Belcourt this season include: pearldirector Ti West’s prequel to this year’s hit slasher flick X; by French director François Ozon Peter Von Kant; Vintage piece by Lena Dunham Catherine called Birdy; and Palme d’Or satire triangle of sadness. Ongoing repertoire series at the non-profit film center include Weekend Classics (currently in the middle of a series of Disney animated classics), midnight movies (with Tarantino Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 coming September 23-24) and the ever-popular Music City Mondays. And not that the local horror freaks need an encore, but the annual night marathon 12 hours of terror – whose composition is still closely monitored until the last minute – will land at Belcourt in mid-October. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the theater’s offerings. Visit belcourt.org to find out more or to become a Belcourt member.
Speaking of spooky nights, independent outpost Cineplex Full Moon at Hermitage features superb repertoire screenings from the spooky season, including evil death 2John Carpenter Fog, the brilliant and Rosemary’s baby, among others. Visit fullmooncineplex.com to learn more about what you can see in this relatively intimate screening room.
As for what to expect in the megaplexes in the weeks and months to come, it’s a scattered collection of anticipated prestige films, big-budget blockbusters and stinging outliers. curiosity. Among them is the thriller starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, beleaguered by Olivia Wilde gossip don’t worry darling (September 23); Billy Eichner’s Queer Romantic Comedy Brothers (Sep 30); by David Gordon Green Halloween ends (Oct. 14), the 13th installment of Halloween horror franchise; Martin McDonagh’s stacked-cast black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin (21st of October); the DC Extended Universe Rockstar episode black adam (21st of October); Marvel Cinematic Universe Episode Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11th); Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical tearful The Fabelmans (November 11th); horror movie bones and all (November 23), which stars Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet as loving cannibals; and the long-awaited return of Darren Aronofsky’s Brendan Fraser The whale (December 9). These release dates are subject to change, so keep an eye out for local listings.
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