Category Archives: FILM

BÉLA TARR — SÁTÁNTANGÓ

The 4K restoration of SÁTÁNTANGÓBéla Tarr’s durational magnum opus, based on the novel by László Krasznahorkai—will screen twice this month, presented by the American Cinematheque.

Early on, I noticed that when the camera is rolling and the whole scene is moving, everyone starts to breathe in the same rhythm: the actors, the crew members, the cinematographer, everyone. You are all “in.” And that is very important. It creates a special tension. It gives a special vibration. Somehow you can feel it on the screen too. You become a part of it.Béla Tarr

SÁTÁNTANGÓ

Sunday, October 13, at 2 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

Saturday, October 26, at 2 pm.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Béla Tarr, Sátántangó. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker and Arbelos Films.

BONG JOON-HO’S PARASITE

This is the Age of Bong Joon-ho. The director of The Host (2006), Mother (2009), Snowpiercer (2013), and Okja (2017) was delighted to hear that a critic recently declared “Bong Joon-ho” not just a filmmaker but a genre unto itself.

Ahead of the release of his latest masterpiece PARASITE—a perfect marriage of the art film and the popcorn movie which won the 2019 Festival de Cannes Palme d’or—Bong has asked that reviewers not reveal any of the film’s significant details. So avoid Amy Taubin’s cover story in the current issue of Film Comment until after you’ve seen the film.

It’s safe to say that PARASITE is a comedic, politically astute twist on the upstairs-downstairs tale, wherein members of a resourceful family from Seoul’s lower depths—Song Kang-ho (who plays the father), Chang Hyae-jin (mother), Park So-dam (daughter), and Choi Woo-shik (son)—manage to insinuate themselves, to transformative effect, into the upper-class home of Mr. and Mrs. Park (Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Yeo-jeong).

Bong will be on hand at both the Arclight Hollywood and The Landmark throughout opening weekend for post-screening Q & A’s.

PARASITE

Now playing.

BONG JOON-HO IN PERSON

Saturday, October 12, following the 7:30 pm and 8 pm shows.

Arclight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

BONG JOON-HO, SONG KANG-HO, and PARK SO-DAM IN PERSON

Saturday, October 12, following the 4:10 pm show.

Sunday, October 13, following the 1:10 pm, 4:25 pm, and 6 pm shows.

The Landmark

10850 West Pico, West Los Angeles.

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (2019), from top: Park So-dam (left) and Choi Woo-shik; Choi, Song Kang-ho, Chang Hyae-jin, and Park; Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Yeo-jeong; Parasite poster courtesy and © Neon; Song; Cho. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker and Neon.

ALMODÓVAR’S PAIN AND GLORY

PAIN AND GLORY—joining Law of Desire (1987) and Bad Education (2004) to complete Pedro Almodóvar’s autobiographical trilogy—is here.

Cinema is probably the most important experience of my life. The characters in my films always go to the movies, talk about cinema, and explain themselves through films they’ve seen. In the case of PAIN AND GLORY, they also make films for a living.

My life has indirectly found its way into every picture I’ve made, but PAIN AND GLORY is the most representative of me. I have deposited in it everything that I own: my furniture, my paintings, my clothes, my intimacy, a few ghosts, my childhood memories, and my need to carry on making films as my only way of life.

It isn’t an autobiographical film as such, everything is mixed up with fiction. The character nailed by Antonio Banderas is an extension of myself. From the time I started writing the script (and remembering Federico Fellini had already made a monumental film—8 1/2—about a director going through a crisis), I considered Antonio to be my rightful Marcello Mastroianni. This movie would not have been possible without his delicate, emotional, and intense performance. He never tried to imitate me, but many people have told me that there’s a moment in which they no longer see Antonio, but myself. I believe that this is the most flattering thing that one can say about the extraordinary performance of my friend Antonio.

This film is about many things, including my love for cinema. I discovered cinema at open-air screenings during the summer in my hometown. Films were projected onto a whitewashed wall in the main square, and we boys would take a pee by both sides of the wall when we felt like urinating. That’s why the films from my early years smell of wee, of jasmine, and of a summer breeze. My wish is that the white screen never disappears from our lives.Pedro Almodóvar

PAIN AND GLORY

Now Playing.

Arclight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

The Landmark

10850 West Pico, West Los Angeles.

Opens October 11.

Playhouse 7

673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

Pedro Almodóvar, Dolor y gloria / Pain and Glory, photographs by Manolo Pavón, from top: Antonio Banderas; Penélope Cruz; Asier Etxeandia (left) and Banderas; Leonardo Sbaraglia (right) and Banderas; Nora Navas (right) and Banderas; César Vicente (2); Etxeandia and Banderas; Dolor y gloria poster courtesy and © El Deseo; Julieta Serrano (right) and Banderas; Almodóvar and Banderas on set; Banderas. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the photographer, El Deseo, and Sony Pictures Classics.

COLCOA 2019 — LES FILLES

OH LES FILLES / Haut les filles—a new decade-spanning documentary—brings together ten of the “top girls” of French music culture who embody the defiant, persistent spirit of Édith Piaf, street waif of Belleville and punk rocker avant la lettre.

Director François Armanet—a veteran reporter for Libération and Le Nouvel observateur, and current editor-in-chief of the weekly newsweekly L’Obs—has interviewed a select group to share the perils and rewards of being a women in what is often an overtly sexist industry.

OH LES FILLES—starring Jeanne Added, Jehnny Beth, Lou Doillon, Brigitte Fontaine, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, Imany, Camélia Jordana, Elli Medeiros, and Vanessa Paradis—will screen this week at COLCOA 2019 in its North American premiere.

OH LES FILLES

Thursday, September 26, at 10:20 pm.

Directors Guild of America

7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Françoise Hardy; Lou Doillon (left) and Charlotte Gainsbourg; Imany, photograph courtesy and © Claire Vinson; Brigitte Fontaine; Camélia Jordana; Jeanne Added, La Fête de l’Humanité, Parc départemental Georges-Valbon, September 15, 2018, photograph courtesy and © Alain Leroy; Jehnney Beth; Vanessa Paradis; Elli Medeiros. Images courtesy and © the artists, photographers, and publishers.

IRMGARD EMMELHAINZ ON GODARD

Join Irmgard Emmelhainz and Soyoung Yoon for an e-flux launch and conversation about Emmelhainz’s new book JEAN-LUC GODARD’S POLITICAL FILMMAKING.

The book “offers an examination of the political dimensions of a number of Godard’s films from the 1960s to the present. The author seeks to dispel the myth that Godard’s work abandoned political questions after the 1970s and was limited to merely formal ones. The book includes a discussion of militant filmmaking and Godard’s little-known films from the Dziga Vertov Group period, which were made in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Gorin. The chapters present a thorough account of Godard’s investigations on the issue of aesthetic-political representation, including his controversial juxtaposition of the Shoah and the Nakba.

“Emmelhainz argues that the French director’s oeuvre highlights contradictions between aesthetics and politics in a quest for a dialectical image. By positing all of Godard’s work as experiments in dialectical materialist filmmaking, from Le Petit soldat (1963) to Adieu au langage (2014), the author brings attention to Godard’s ongoing inquiry on the role filmmakers can have in progressive political engagement.”*

 JEAN-LUC GODARD’S POLITICAL FILMMAKING*

IRMGARD EMMELHAINZ and SOYOUNG YOON IN CONVERSATION

Wednesday, September 25, at 7 pm.

e-flux

311 East Broadway, New York City.

Jean-Luc Godard, from top: Film Socialisme (2010), still; portrait of Godard by Philippe R. Doumic, circa 1960; book cover image Palgrave Macmillan; Anna Karina and Michel Subor in Le Petit soldat, shot in 1960, released in 1963, still; Adieu au langage (2014), still. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the producers, and the publishers.