Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 256: Fri Sep 13

La Flor (Llinas, 2018): ICA Cinema, 6.30pm

La Flor will be shown over three days from Friday to Saturday September 13th to 15th. You can find the full details here.The Argentinian production was one of the highlights of last year's London Film Festival and was the subject of a fascinating piece by Denis Lim in the February edition of Film Comment this year. Here is Lim's conclusion:
'Romantic to the core, La Flor is a declaration of faith in the medium, a showcase of its infinite flexibility. One of Bresson’s most piercing statements from late in his life comes to mind: “The cinema is immense. We haven’t done a thing.” Can a 14-hour movie seem unfinished? The mere fact of La Flor’s existence is cause for amazement, but even more astonishing is the impression that it is just the tip of an iceberg—that it could keep going, a never-ending film, to be continued in perpetuity.'

ICA introduction:

Over 800 minutes long and a decade in the making, Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás’ La Flor defies cinematic convention. Comprised of six independent, successive stories, the film’s complex narrative is connected by four actresses (Pilar Gamboa, Elisa Carricajo, Laura Paredes and Valeria Correa), who play radically different roles throughout the film’s epic length. Ambitiously moving across different genres and styles – from B-movie to musical to thriller – the film is a profound reflection on duplicity, illusion and the nature of cinema itself.

Director Mariano Llinás will be in attendance for an introductory conversation and a masterclass, on Friday 13 September and Sunday 15 September respectively.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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