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LUCIO CASTRO — END OF THE CENTURY

I’m getting closer to the coast and realize how much I hate arriving at a destination. Transition is always a relief. Destination means death to me. If I could figure out a way to remain forever in transition, in the disconnected and unfamiliar, I could remain in a state of perpetual freedom. David Wojnarowicz, Close to the Knives

The passage from Wojnarowicz’s “memoir of disintegration”—inscribed onscreen two-thirds of the way through END OF THE CENTURY, the remarkable debut by writer and director Lucio Castro—suggests a directive for both the film’s characters and its audience as we parse distinctions between imagination and reality, dream reunions and deathless regret.

Marked by a fluidity that sets the present against a non-objective past, the film is a mysterious evocation of a passionate fling and its possible reminiscence—Ocho (Juan Barberini) and Javi (Ramón Pujol), both traveling for work, meet as strangers in Barcelona… but what happens next? Javi’s “Kiss” T-shirt—which functions, in a Lacanian sense, not unlike the small blue box in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive—may offer a clue.

END OF THE CENTURY / FIN DE SIGLO (2019, Argentina)—co-starring Mía Maestro as Sonia—won Best Film at the Buenos Aires Film Festival and Best First Film at Frameline in San Francisco.

Join the director for opening weekend Q & A’s at the Nuart. (See link below for details.)

END OF THE CENTURY

Now playing.

LUCIO CASTRO Q & A

Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, at 7:30 pm.

Nuart Theatre

11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Lucio Castro, Fin de siglo / End of the Century, from top: Juan Barberini (foreground) and Ramón Pujol; Barberini (2); Barberini (left) and Pujol; Barberini (2). Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the Cinema Guild, and Cinema Tropical.

MULHOLLAND DR.

Is David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DR. one of the greatest puzzles in cinematic history? Or a sphinx without a riddle?

Revisit the great L.A. noir this week at the Downtown Independent.

MULHOLLAND DR.

Friday, February 22, at 8 pm.

Downtown Independent

251 South Main Street, Los Angeles.

From top: Naomi Watts as Betty/Diane Selwyn and Laura Harring as Rita/Camilla Rhodes in Mulholland Dr.(2001); David Lynch directing Justin Theroux directing a musical number; Melissa George; Watts and Mark Pellegrino. Image credit: Universal Pictures.

DAVID LYNCH IN CONVERSATION

Book Soup presents An Evening with David Lynch

On the occasion of the publication of his memoir ROOM TO DREAM, Book Soup presents a screening of every episode of David Lynch’s animated series DUMBLAND, followed by a conversation with its creator.

 

DUMBLAND—DAVID LYNCH IN CONVERSATION WITH KRISTINE MCKENNA, Thursday, June 21, at 7 pm.

THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL, 929 South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles.

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Above: Room to Dream, by David Lynch (2018).

Below: Dumbland (2002), created by David Lynch.

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CHRIS MARKER

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As part of the American Cinematheque program “Symptoms of Vertigo,” Chris Marker’s seminal LA JETÉE (1964) will open a double-bill this week at the Egyptian.

“In addition to translating visually ideas about the mechanics of memory, the nature of identity, and the politics of history, LA JETÉE also draws attention to the character and function of imaging technologies in the post-war, Cold War era.  In so doing, it responds to that film theory of the 1940s concerned with the metaphysics of the photographic arts – that is, the status of the image, both still and moving – while simultaneously anticipating the questions that fueled the development of cine-semiotics in the 1960s — namely, those about the syntagmatic structures through which cinematic meaning is created.” – Corinn Columpar*

 

LA JETÉE and MULHOLLAND DR (2001, directed by David Lynch), Friday, May 25, at 7:30.

EGYPTIAN THEATRE, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

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*refractory.unimelb.edu.au/re-membering-the-time-travel-film-from-la-jetee-to-primer

Scene from La jetée.

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TWIN PEAKS AT MOMA

Is TWIN PEAKS 2017 a television series or a movie?

“David Lynch’s latest TWIN PEAKS season is simply unclassifiable: something totally and spectacularly unique. However as the chief curator of film, and not television, at MoMA, I will simply say that my opinion on the matter can be interpreted through the fact that I have invited it to be screened at the Museum. Interpret that how you will, and we hope you will join us in this debate by experiencing this incredible work on the big screen for free this January.” — Rajendra Roy*

TWIN PEAKS 2017

PARTS 1–4, Friday, January 5, at 6 pm.

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PARTS 5–11, Saturday, January 6, at 2 pm.

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PARTS 12–18, Sunday, January 7, at 2 pm.

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MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, 11 West 53rd Street, New York City.

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Kyle MacLachlan in Twin Peaks (2017).

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