FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH – 7:30PM (screening w/ Time Masters)
SUNDAY, MARCH 18TH – 7:30PM (screening w/ A Dream Come True)
THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH – 9:30PM (screening w/ A Dream Come True)
Dir. by Roman Kroitor & Colin Low, 1960
Canada, 27 mins
Generously provided by The Film Board of Canada
Universe is a lost triumph, creating a vast and awe-inspiring portrait of the universe as it might appear to a space-traveller, and delving into the astronomer's art. The austere beauty of its images inspired Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.
Dir: Elio Petri, 1976.
125 min. Italy.
In Italian with English subtitles.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST - 7:30PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH - 7:30PM
“Hell is nearby. It’s underground. We’re inside it.”
Petri’s sole dalliance with the horror genre, Todo Modo sees a cluster of corruption-prone Christian Democrats on a spiritual retreat in the woods- under the supervision of Father Gaetano (Marcello Mastroianni). While Rome is destroyed by a sprawling offscreen epidemic, the senators and bureaucrats attend seminars in underground concrete bunkers to get closer to God - but one harrowing murder begets another, and soon the attendees find themselves at daggers drawn in an old-fashioned whodunit parlor game.
Anchored by A-game performances from Michel Piccoli, Gian Maria Volonté and Mariangela Melato, the movie is a beautiful display of Petri’s unsung talents for choreography and color, without ever lapsing into spectacle or self-parody. Fearless, macabre and callously funny, Petri’s film was more or less dead on arrival to Italian cinemas (guess why!).
Todo Modo depicts the commingling of church and state as the final terminus for any politician’s credibility, with each member of the retreat attempting to paint themselves as the least partisan while suspicions skyrocket. The glue holding it together is, of course, Mastroianni, whose every sly wrinkle betrays another of Italy’s oldest ethical contortions.
PICTURE OF LIGHT
Dir: Peter Mettler, 1994.
83 min. Canada.
Special thanks to First Run Features
SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH - 7:30PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 14TH - 10PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH - 10PM
In the early 90s, ace documentarian Peter Mettler took a skeleton crew out to the -30º plains of Churchill, Manitoba in search of the Northern Lights. What he found results in a film as much bound to philosophical exploration as it is to the lights themselves - synaptic, shimmering, impossible to take your eyes off of.
Mettler’s painstaking stop-motion photography (3 frames per second!) and his deft touch with the locals add up to a voyage that’s hard to describe and harder to forget. You'll see snowed-over landscapes and forgotten villages, thrown against the uncanny cosmos like it's no big deal.
Encounter after encounter, Mettler's portrait reveals less about the science of the lights than about the survival of the people living (literally) under them. To pass the time, one motel owner blows a hole in his wall with a gigantic hunting rifle; without missing a beat, a gust of snowflakes blow back out as he stands and grins into the camera.
live score of an experimental silent film
From Montgomery, formerly of Monkeytown:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH – 8PM & 9:30PM
This will likely be the best film you'll see in 2012.
This 1968 rarely screened masterpiece is a silent black and white film and there is some injustice in creating sound where silence was intended. There is even a rumor that the film was intended to be shown only at 18 frames per second.
Five years in the making, The Seagull plans to release their often anticipated gatefold double album, Sad Sax of Seaweed, in the Winter of 2012. To date, The Seagull has played one show, a four hour show inside a cube. Tonight will be their 2nd and it will run almost exactly 67 minutes.
They were said to have found this out about The Reveal — the technique:
"The pivot in many plotlines is The Reveal. The Reveal changes the nature of the plot, often pushing it from suspense towards action. A good reveal will also create a new set of questions and further suspense. On some occasions, The Reveal prompts romance."
The movie will remind you of Pierre Etaix's The Suitor. Do you know this?
The movie also reminds you of Last Year at Marienbad and Jacques Tati.
We know that the director is still alive and we know he still makes films and that he had a 10 year affair with Nico that began on the day we were born and ended when Halley's Comet entered our solar system, just like Mark Twain foretold.
I think we will hand out some sweet biscuits just before the lights go down.
SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH – 9:30PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD – 7:30PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH – 7:30PM
aka PROINI PERIPOLOS
Dir. by Nikos Nikolaidis, 1987
Greece, 104 min.
In Greek with English subtitles
Emerging westward from a blighted landscape, a woman must pass through a decaying city patrolled by death squads as she yearns to reach the sea. Startlingly similar in tone and narrative drive to Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD—and far superior to that novel's film adaptation—MORNING PATROL shares affinities with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE WARRIORS and even Lamberto Bava's DEMONS in its foreboding, uneasy portrayal of navigation through desecrated urban space. Light on spoken dialog—its first exchange appears 45 minutes into the film—MORNING PATROL relies instead on a voice-over internal monolog free-associatively conflating the protagonist's personal recollections and desires with remembered bits of dialog from literature and cinema. The cumulative effect is a uniquely dreamlike, liminal quality infused with breathless fatalism. Yet despite his conceptual ambitiousness, Nikos Nikolaidis doesn't shortchange the audience as a populist filmmaker who knows how to deliver a thrilling set piece.
Relatively unknown in North America, where only 1992's macabre, fetishistic noir homage SINGAPORE SLING is available on DVD, Nikolaidis is one of Greek cinema's unsung national treasures and a five-time Thessaloniki Film Festival Best Director winner (including for MORNING PATROL). He passed away 2007 after the release of THE ZERO YEARS, which completes an informal SF trilogy of which MORNING PATROL is the central work. Nikos' son Simon, who provided the digital copy Spectacle screens, has recently restored all his works, which were the subject of a comprehensive 2011 retrospective hosted by the Greek Film Archive.
Presented by Screen Slate • Special Thanks to Simon Bloom & Katerina Minotou of Restless Wind, Liza Linardou of the Greek Film Centre and James Demetro of the New York City Greek Film Festival