See award-winning films for free on Thursdays at the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum presents “Film at the Figge,” four remarkable award-winning films this fall that deal with death, loss, and grief in unexpected ways. Admission will be free for films that will be screened in the John Deere Auditorium.

After the film, moviegoers will gather in the lobby outside the auditorium, where they can enjoy a glass of wine and discuss the film.

Here is an overview of the program:

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

departures (2008)

A professional cellist finds himself out of a job when his Tokyo orchestra disbands. Looking for a job, he responds to an ad entitled “Departures” which he believes to be a position in a travel agency, a job that will change the course of his life.


· Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Film (2009)

Japanese Academy Awards (10 wins; 13 nominations): Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay, Cinematography, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress



Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Foxtrot (2017)

A Tel Aviv couple learns that their son, a soldier, has died in the line of duty.


Venice International Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize

Israeli Oscars (8 wins; 11 nominations): Best Picture, Director, Actor, Cinematography, Editing

· Oscars: Israel Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film


Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

It’s only the end of the world (2016)

A playwright returns from Paris to visit his family in a small town in France after a 12-year absence to inform them that he is dying.


Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize Award

French Oscars (3 wins; 6 nominations): Best Director, Best Actor, Editing

Canada Academy Awards (6 wins; 8 nominations): Best Film, Director, Cinematography, Screenplay


Thursday, December 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Drive My Car (2021)

Two years after the unexpected death of his wife, a renowned actor and director receives an offer to direct a play at a theater festival in Hiroshima. The festival commissions a young woman to drive it around in her beloved red Saab 900. With her help, he begins to confront the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.


Oscars (1 win; 4 nominations): Best Foreign Language Film (2022)

Cannes Film Festival: Three awards, including Best Screenplay

Golden Globe: Best Picture, Non-English Language


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Mildred D. Field