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COLCOA — AMALRIC’S BARBARA

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For his seventh feature as a director, Mathieu Amalric investigates the life of French singer BARBARA through the prism of an actress (Jeanne Balibar, as Brigitte) portraying the singer for a film directed by Yves Sand (Amalric). This acclaimed meta-narrative – for which Balibar won the César de la meilleure actrice – makes its West Coast debut Thursday night […]

COLCOA — MARGUERITE DURAS

COLCOA — MARGUERITE DURAS

“[Marguerite Duras] was a fascinating character… indomitable and tireless, who grabbed the world by the throat and said, ‘Look at me.’  But [she was] very intelligent, and able to think of many different strategies for dramatizing the basic facts of her life.” – Edmund White* Author of the autobiographical novel L’Amant, the screenplay Hiroshima mon […]

COLCOA — PROMISE AT DAWN

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Nearly everything in Romain Gary’s memoir PROMISE AT DAWN is a tall tale, an exaggeration, or a outright lie. But as Adam Gopnik wrote earlier this year, there’s a difference between a fraud and a great fabricator like Gray, who played many characters—Resistance war hero, French consul general in Los Angeles, husband of Jean Seberg—in a […]

GRACE JONES

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“If the lights should go out, if the sound fails, I can still hold the audience. In the dark, without any trimmings. It’s a lonely place, but it’s a fascinating lonely place.” – Grace Jones Jones is in her sixties and she can’t understand why everyone nowadays goes to bed so early. Party-goers in New York […]

MALENA SZLAM — THROUGH THE MARGIN OF MIRRORS

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In a lecture/performance this weekend, Malena Szlam “will draw from her writing and personal visual film archive to compose an ephemeral re-enactment of her 2010 installation piece THROUGH THE MARGIN OF MIRRORS. Fueled by experiences of displacement and migration between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Szlam will disclose aleatory links forged through dreams, language(s) and […]

GODARD AT THE AERO

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“A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.” — Jean-Luc Godard The American Cinematheque kicks off its upcoming Godard series at the Aero with a members’ screening of LE REDOUTABLE / GODARD MON AMOUR. Written and directed Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist, 2011), the new film is based on the autobiographical novel Un […]

MILOS FORMAN

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Milos Forman – director of The Loves of a Blonde and The Fireman’s Ball in Czechoslovakia, and Taking Off, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hair, Amadeus, Valmont, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and Man on the Moon in the United States – died last night in Connecticut. See: theguardian.com/milos-forman-dies-aged-86 Above: French poster for Hair (1979). Below: Fairuza […]