The Martin Marty Center is pleased to collaborate with Facets Multimedia to bring you “Religion in the Frame 3”: a five-day exploration of religious ideas, themes, and conflicts as depicted in film. The series runs from February 23-27, 2020.  After each screening, Facets Board Member Gretchen Helfrich talks with a religion scholar affiliated with the Martin Marty Center to explore the religious content of each film, deepening the audience’s engagement with the material.

All screenings will be held at Facets Multimedia: 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago Il, 60614

Sunday

February 23

Monday

February 24

Tuesday

February 25

Wednesday

February 26

Thursday

February 27

“The Revolt of Job”

“Babette’s Feast”

“The Golden Child”

“The Brand New Testament”

“Gett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem”

Imre Gyongyossy and Barna Kabay (1983)

 

105 Minutes

 

Gabriel Axel (1987)

 

 

103 Minutes

Michael Ritchie

(1986)

 

 

94 Minutes

Jaco Van Dormael

(2015)

 

 

113 Minutes

 

Laurie Zoloth

Erin Walsh

Dwight Hopkins

William Schweiker

Richard Rosengarten
 

Sunday, February 23, 2020 , 7pm: The Revolt Of Job (directed by Imre Gyongyossy and Barna Kabay, Hungary, 1983, 105 Minutes)

In 1943, in the midst of the Nazi occupation of Hungary, Job and Roza, an elderly Jewish couple who have lost all of their own children, adopt a young Christian boy.  Job wants to pass on his name, his farm, and his values and traditions. The ties between them create a family, one in which enduring traditions display their power even in the face of darkness. Inspired by the wartime experiences of co-director Imre Gyongyossy, the film contemplates the admonition in Deuteronomy to teach God’s commandments to your children. 

Laurie Zoloth teaches and writes about religion and ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School, drawing on sources ranging from Biblical and Talmudic texts to postmodern Jewish philosophy.  She’ll join Gretchen Helfrich for a post-screening discussion of the film’s themes of family, tradition, and faith.

Monday, February 24, 2020, 7pm:  Babette’s Feast (directed by Gabriel Axel, Denmark, 1987, 103 minutes)

Based on a short story by Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, this 1987 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film is considered the ultimate film about food.  It’s also a meditation on art, creation, and divine grace.  Fleeing the Communard uprising of 1871, Parisian Babette finds herself in Jutland, an austere region of Denmark inhabited by even more austere villagers who take their Christianity dry.  After living among them for many years, she offers to cook them a magnificent feast, and in the process challenges their ideas about how to praise God.

 Erin Galgay Walsh teaches and writes about biblical literature and biblical interpretation at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her research interests include female figures in the New Testament, ethics, and religious poetry. She joins us for a post-screening discussion of the film’s competing visions of how to live out one’s faith and the role gender plays in communal life.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7pm:  The Golden Child (directed by Michael Ritchie, USA, 1986, 94 Minutes)

In a film Roger Ebert called “entertaining from beginning to end,” Eddie Murphy stars as a private detective and professional finder-of-lost-children who has to locate a kidnapped Tibetan holy child – sent to endow humanity with the gift of compassion - before the forces of darkness get him.  Part fantasy, part comedy, The Golden Child includes magic daggers, sacred parakeets, amulets, and a half-woman/half-dragon.  It also finds goodness and redemption in surprising places.

Dwight N. Hopkins is the Alexander Campbell at the University of Chicago Divinity School.  He will be on hand after the screening to explore ideas about the sources of goodness.
 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7pm: The Brand New Testament (directed by Jaco Van Dormael, Belgium, 2015, 113 Minutes

God’s 10-year-old daughter, Ea, decides enough is enough – her father is a bully and a sadist, and it’s time to rebel.  From their Brussels apartment, Ea texts every person on earth, telling them the exact date and time of their death.  Then, after spilling those beans, Ea escapes her father’s house and sets off to round up a motley new crew of apostles and write her own testament – one that will correct the malign influence that her father has had on humanity.  And just when things in this surreal Belgian comedy can’t get any weirder, along comes Catherine Deneuve with a gorilla. 

Professor of theological ethics William Schweiker of the University of Chicago Divinity School will be at Facets for a post-screening discussion of this satire and its unusual take on traditional Christian themes. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7pm: Gett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem (directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, Israel, 2014, 115 minutes)

Viviane has been trying for five years to end her loveless marriage, but she is forced by religious law to plead her case to a rabbinical court of three Orthodox rabbis who hold her fate in their hands .  This 2014 Israeli courtroom drama is a commentary not only on the religious legal system but on contemporary Israeli society.

Richard A. Rosengarten teaches religion and literature and studies visual culture at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he served as Dean for twelve years.  Join him and Gretchen Helfrich after the screening for a conversation about this complex story of a Jewish divorce.