Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 131: Sun May 20

The Swamp (Martel, 2001): ICA Cinema, 6pm

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is presenting a retrospective of the work of Argentine  filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, celebrating her complex, unsettling cinema, ahead of the release of her new film, Zama. In addition to showcasing all of her full-length features, the season introduces a selection of her short films. This is her debut film, being screened in 35mm and will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

Chicago Reader review:
This astonishing 2001 debut by Argentine director Lucrecia Martel (The Holy Girl) manages to sustain tension and anxiety throughout. At their run-down country estate, a middle-aged couple drink away the hot, sticky days, ignoring their bored adolescent children. An accident next to the murky swimming pool sends the mother to her bed, while the other members of the family wander around, taking potshots at dogs and wild animals in the surrounding swamplands or flopping down on unmade beds, oblivious to ringing phones and doorbells and one another. After the mother's cousin arrives from town with her own brood, violence seems not just possible but probable. This has the power of great literature, and it's remarkably assured in its juggling of two large families. Every shot is dense with life, with children and animals running in and out, yet the movie is highly focused, a small masterpiece.
Meredith Brody
Here (and above) is the trailer.

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