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Splices: Last Train Home, The Red Violin, White Zombie and more



Not since the Sarratt Cinema's 1980s heyday, when the Vanderbilt student cinema was showing sometimes as many as eight movies a week, has there been a lineup like the one over the coming week at Vanderbilt's International lens series — and these screenings are free! For those who missed Fan Lixin's 2009 documentary Last Train Home, about mainland China's annual New Year migration of some 130 million workers heading home from their family-rending factory jobs, it gets what may be its last appearance on the big screen here Thursday, Feb. 21. It's followed by a screening of Christophe Barratier's sentimental 2004 flashback drama The Chorus, in French with subtitles, at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in The Commons.

Students supply the experimental, fiction and nonfiction shorts competing for honors in the seventh annual Vanderbilt Student Film Festival, running Sunday, Feb. 24. The screening schedule resumes at Blair's Ingram Hall 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, with the lavish melodrama The Red Violin, featuring composer John Corigliano's Oscar-winning score — which he later adapted into the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra that Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä will perform March 14-16 with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Finally, there's the Nashville premiere of the documentary Meet the Fokkens, Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schroder's portrait of Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old identical-twin prostitutes whose reminiscences constitute a 40-year oral history of Amsterdam's red-light district. Except where noted, all screenings take place 7:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema and are free and open to the public.

• "She was not alive ... nor dead ... Just a WHITE ZOMBIE performing his every desire!" Ah, the good old bad old days before Hollywood caught the Code. Lauded by some as the first feature-length zombie movie, mocked by others for its talking-dead acting, Victor Halperin's atmospheric 1932 shocker White Zombie deserves better than its reputation as the ultimate in bargain-bin public-domain horror, as Bela Lugosi's mad voodoo doctor Legendre menaces Madge Bellamy. It's the offering 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Logue's Black Raven Emporium, 2915 Gallatin Pike.

• Opening this weekend wide: Scott Stewart's alien-invasion shocker Dark Skies, with Keri Russell and the great J.K. Simmons; and Dwayne Johnson as the titular hero of the action thriller Snitch. At the Hollywood 27: Alert J.R. Lind, there's a Bollywood cricket epic — Kai Po Che, starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar, Amit Sadh and Amrita Puri, in Hindi with subtitles. At the Carmike Thoroughbred 20, starting Friday: the Telugu-language romantic comedy Jabardasth, starring Siddharth, Samantha and Sunil. At the Thoroughbred 20 Feb. 21, 24 and 27: the BBC nature documentary One Life, narrated by Daniel Craig. Also, the Royal Opera House production of Berlioz's Les Troyens with Anna Caterina Antonacci, Fabio Capitanucci, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Bryan Hymel will be broadcast Feb. 24 and 26 at the Thoroughbred 20.

• At The Belcourt 10 a.m. Saturday: Tim Burton's Frankenweenie in an Oscar-themed morning show for kids. Also playing at the theater, 6 and 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23: the Fly Film Fishing Tour, complete with live emcee, prizes and lots of footage presenting piscine pugnacity amid pristine panoramas. See for showtimes and more information.


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