Film: Melancholia

When: Thu., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 29, 2 p.m. 2012

Winner of the Best Actress Prize at the Cannes Film Festival — and the movie that writer-director Lars von Trier was promoting when he got banned from the fest for his eyebrow-raising comments involving Adolph Hitler — the visually stimulating Melancholia is landing in Charlotte via a special four-day run presented by the Back Alley Film Series. Kirsten Dunst delivers a quietly powerful performance as Justine, a newly hitched bride whose depression finds a symbolic outlet in Melancholia, a planet that’s heading directly toward Earth. Charlotte Gainsbourg, herself a Cannes prize winner for a von Trier film (Antichrist), co-stars as Justine’s put-upon sister, while Kiefer Sutherland appears as Gainsbourg’s rational husband. For more information, visit

Matt Brunson

Price: $8

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