What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, March 7
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Featured Screening: Entire Ecosystems: Works by Arne Sucksdorff and Marina Zurkow at 92YTribeca
Tonight Flaherty NYC’s third season begins at 92YTribeca. The Lives of Animals, a six-week series curated by Kathy High and Jim Supanick, is a local version of the storied annual non-fiction/non-narrative Flaherty Seminar that since 1954 has been a hotbed of bold ideas, new talent and innovative curation. On one extreme, no less than Jean Rouch credits his experiences at one of the very first Seminars with the genesis of Chronicle of a Summer, and presently, 2002 programmer Ed Halter is co-curating the 2012 Whitney Biennial’s film and video selections, which include at least a half-dozen Flaherty artists from as recently as six months ago. Like the Seminars, the Flaherty NYC series presents thoughtful curation expanding the possibilities of the moving image alongside the works’ artists, who are in attendance for spirited, occasionally rigorous discussion. As a case-in-point, tonight’s program presents a rare, 16mm print of Swedish nature documentarian Arne Sucksdorff‘s 1954 A Divided World with recent digital animations, many originally conceived as multi-channel video installations, by Marina Zurkow.
Sucksdorff is one Swedish documentary’s standard-bearers, a pioneers of dramatic, observational animal studies cut to music scores. Though light and charming at times, they don’t shy from the cruelty of natural selection and mankind’s indifference to nature. As Arthur Knight described, “A Divided World is one of the best examples of Sucksdorff’s wild life studies, embodying much of his own philosophy. It begins with an organist playing a Bach fantasia, an epitome of the safety and security of the civilized world. Then, slowly, the camera moves into a snow-covered wilderness, and the music is swallowed up in the night cries of animals and birds. The cruel, ceaseless struggle for survival is shown with shocking intensity as beast eats beast and nature stands by, impassive.” The alternate qualities of indifference suffered by nature, anthropomorphic tendencies, and an unfolding sense of the fantastical are shared by Zurkow, who credits French caricaturist J.J. Grandville and eco-conscious speculative fiction writer J.G. Ballard as inspirations. Much of the work shown tonight, like Slurb, pictured above, are scrolling, animated tapestries imagining the world after the deluge of ecological disaster.
Zurkow will be in attendance screening excerpts of six of her works. The post-screening discussion will moderated by Una Chaudhuri, pressor of English and Drama at New York University. The show begins at 7:30 pm, and those interested in upcoming screenings including work by Shelly Silver, Nancy Andrews, George Kuchar and Carolee Schneemann can purchase a three-ticket package at a discounted admission price.
Tonight at Brooklyn’s beloved, recently relocated Freddy’s, Kings County Cinema Society presents an evening of new shorts from various OWS occupations by Messiah Rhodes, Adele Pham and more. Featured among the work is documentation of Saknofa Day 2011, Stop War on Iran, Stop; Stop and Frisk rallies and the #OccupyMuseums campaign. The FREE event runs from 9:00 to 11:00 pm with drinks and discussion to follow.
A long overdue retrospective of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski begins at BAMCinématek today. Long-suffering alternately critical indifference and hyperbole—series title “Hysterical Excess” is perhaps a less apt description of his films than certain writers’ horribly immeasured considerations of them, which often seem driven more by self-congratulation of perceived discovery or general socially maladjusted film critic geekishness—Żuławski is a master of dark, tortured fantasias of personal, political and societal ills manifesting themselves in both in- and outward extremes. There’s an insightful and amusing J. Hoberman profile of him in the New York Times, and even more ticklingly, a heartfelt cartoon essay by Spectacle Theater’s Troy Swain in The Brooklyn Rail. The Third Part of the Night kicks off the series at 7:30 pm.
Koji Wakamatsu, master of the Japanese Pinku genre during the late 1960s and early 1970s, has been particularly active in recent years, continuing to make films expressing deep political convictions and often perverse sexuality. His latest, revenge drama Petrel Hotel Blue, has its world premiere this evening at 7:00 pm. The film, which features a score by Jim O’Rourke, opens theatrically in Japan later this month.
- Burma VJ (Anders Oestergaard). Details. Video. 2008. 84 min. 7:00 pm.
- X+ (Marylène Negro). Details. Video. 2010. 69 min. 9:00 pm.
- The Third Part of the Night. 35mm. 1971. 105 min. 7:30 pm.
- West Side Story (Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins). Details. DCP. 1961. 1:20 and 6:30 pm.
- Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock). Details. DCP. 1954. 4:20 and 9:30 pm.
- Low Life (Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval). Details. DCP. 2011. 120 min. 2:00 pm.
- New French Shorts. Details. 99 min. 4:00 pm.
- Here Below (Jean-Pierre Denis). Details. 35mm. 2012. 100 min. 4:40 pm.
- Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné). Details. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 7:00 pm.
- See How They Fall (Jacques Audiard). Details. 35mm. 1994. 90 min. 2:00 pm.
- Unforgivable (André Téchiné). Details. 111 min. 6:30 pm.
- Smuggler’s Songs (Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche). Details. 97 min. 9:30 pm.
- Petrel Hotel Blue (Koji Wakamatsu). Details. 2012. 85 min. 7:30 pm.
- Running in Madness, Dying in Love (Koji Wakamatsu). Details. 35mm. 1969. 72 min. 9:00 pm.
- The Surreal Life—Dallying With the Absurd. Details. 1916-1926. 72 min. 1:30 pm.
- Roman Numeral Series III-IX and Unconscious London Strata. Details. 1981. 56 min. 3:00 pm.
- The Afternoon of a Torturer with Tertium non datur. Details. 2000/2006. 115 min. 4:00 pm.
- Niki and Flo. Details. 2003. 95 min. 7:00 pm.
- King of Devil’s Island (Marius Holst). Details. 2010. 120 min. 7:00 pm.
- Michael Robinson. Details. 16mm and video. 2007-2011. 54 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
Entire Ecosystems: Works by Arne Sucksdorff and Marina Zurkow at 92YTribeca. Details. 16mm/video. 1948 and 2007-2012. 45 min. 7:30 pm.
Flight (Liz Magic Laser) at The Armory Show, Pier 94. Q&A with artist and cast. 2011. 5:00 pm.
Castro (Alejo Moguillansky) at Exit Art. Details. 2009. 85 min. 7:30 pm.
Optic Antics O:O PURE FEEDBACK: Scott Bartlett + Tom DeWitt Ditto at The Filmmakers Coop. Details. With live performance by David First. 16mm. 80 min. $10. 7:00 pm.
Shakespeare High (Alex Rotaru) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. Digital. 2011. 80 min. 6:30 pm.
New Shorts from #OWS//Occupy Rallies at Freddy’s. Details. Work by Adele Pham (Zuccotti), footage from rallies in NYC and Occupy Museums, preview of other docs. 9:00 to 11:00 pm. FREE.
Angelina o el honor de un brigadier (Louis King) at Instituto Cervantes. Details. DVD. 1935. 79 min. 6:00 pm.
Vigilante Vigilante (Max Good) at Maysles Cinema. Details. Followed by discussion. 2011. 86 min. 7:30 pm.
Live Footage scores a movie about the migration of birds at Spectacle Theater. Details. 8:00 pm.
Where Are You Taking Me? (Kimi Takesue) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2010. 72 min. 7:00 and 8:45 pm.
This is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 74 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
- Shumona Goel & Shai heredia “I am micro” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- Jem Cohen “NYC Weights and Measures” at The Jewish Museum New York, Upper East Side. $12 general/$10 seniors/$7.50 students/Free Saturdays. Through March 25.
- Sanja Iveković “Sweet Violence” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 26.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March.
- Chim↑Pom at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 12.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 12.
- The User: The New Auteur at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through March 4.
- Neil Goldberg “Stories the City Tells Itself” at Museum of the City of New York, Upper West Side. $10 general/$6 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Ends May 28.
- View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
- Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum. See screening schedule above. Ends May 27.
Below listed North-South
- David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.
- Notations: The Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, 450 West 41 Street. Open Tues-Sat 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ends April 21.
- Catherine Yass “Lighthouse” at Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26 Street. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends March 17.
- Yinka Shonibare MBE “Addio del Passato” at James Cohan, 533 West 26 Street. Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 24.
- “Happenings: New York, 1958-1963″ at The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 17.
- Mia Berg “Woman: Camera” at Gallery 151, 132 West 18 Street. Open Tues to Sun. Ends March 30.
- Ashish Avikunthak “Short Films” at Aicon Gallery. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 10.
- Jeffrey Gibson “one becomes the other” at Participant Inc.. Open Wed-Sun Noon – 7:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Oded Hirsch “Nothing New” at Thierry Goldberg, 103 Norfolk Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- Jenny Perlin “Funes” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- FG.Ft at Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 8.
- PS3* Pedro Sanchez3 “On the Outer Edge” at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Closed Mondays. Ends March 17.
- island6 “Sin City—Impressions of Shanghai” at Tallybeck Contemporary. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Ends March 11.
- “one and the other are another” at Ludlow 38. Work by Pierre Bismuth, Antonia Hirsch, Jonathan Monk, Hank Schmidt in der Beek and Ignacio Uriarte. Curated by Clara Meister. Open Thurs-Sun 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends March 18.
- Breyer P-Orridge “I’m Mortality” at Invisible-Exports, 14A Orchard Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Adam Curits “The Desperate Edge of Now” at e-flux, 311 East Broadway 10002. Open Tue-Fri 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.
- Mounira Al Solh “Dinosaurs” at Art in General. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends March 17.
- Charles Atlas “The Illusion of Democracy” at Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 20.