Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 5: Sun Jan 5

No1 Centro Historico (Erice, Costa, Oliviera, Kaurismaki, 2012)
(plus discussion with Victor Erice and Pedro Costa): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 3pm

Here is the BFI introduction:
Made to mark Guimarães’s being made European Capital of Culture, this portmanteau film sees four major directors contributing four very different films about the northern Portuguese city, its culture and its history. Kaurismäki’s bittersweet Tavern Man follows a forlorn bar-owner’s attempts to stay in business; Costa’s hallucinatory Sweet Exorcism explores issues of immigration and militarism in an encounter between a Cape Verdean and a ghostly soldier; Erice’s tender and heart-rending Broken Windows revisits a community of workers that populated a now-closed textile mill; and de Oliveira’s The Conqueror Conquered casts a wry comic eye at the current plight of Portugal’s first king.
Witty, touching and thought-provoking fare, the film will be followed by an on-stage discussion, hosted by Geoff Andrew, Senior Film Programmer at BFI Southbank, with two of the film’s directors: Pedro Costa, best known here for Casa de Lava, Ossos and Colossal Youth, and Víctor Erice, famous for The Spirit of the Beehive, The South and The Quince Tree Sun.

Here (and above) is the trailer.


No2 Day for Night (Truffaut, 1973): Cine Lumiere, 2pm

Chicago Reader review:
Francois Truffaut's comic and affectionate 1973 portrait of the joys, tragedies, frustrations, and compromises that surround the shooting of a feature film. An episodic and amiable work, although the sudden reaches for profundity don't quite come off. Truffaut himself plays the director, and his cast includes Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese, and Jean-Pierre Leaud, whose callowness for once seems intentional.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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