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Wednesday, March 7

Flaherty NYC at 92YTribeca

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.

Also Recommended

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 RhodesAdele 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.

Today

Internationalist Cinema for Today at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details • Through March 11

  • Burma VJ (Anders Oestergaard). Details. Video. 2008. 84 min. 7:00 pm.
  • X+ (Marylène Negro). Details. Video. 2010. 69 min. 9:00 pm.

Discovering Andrzej Żuławski at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • The Third Part of the Night. 35mm. 1971. 105 min. 7:30 pm.

This is DCP at Film Forum
Series Details • Through March 8

  • 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.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • 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.

Rendez-Vous + at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • See How They Fall (Jacques Audiard). Details. 35mm. 1994. 90 min. 2:00 pm.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012 at IFC Center
Series Details

  • Unforgivable (André Téchiné). Details. 111 min. 6:30 pm.
  • Smuggler’s Songs (Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche). Details. 97 min. 9:30 pm.

Love Will Tear Us Apart at Japan Society
Series Details • March 2-18

  • 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.

Cruel and Unusual Comedy Reprised at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Surreal Life—Dallying With the AbsurdDetails. 1916-1926. 72 min. 1:30 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Roman Numeral Series III-IX and Unconscious London StrataDetails. 1981. 56 min. 3:00 pm.

Lucian Pintilie at MoMA
Series Details • Through March 12

  • The Afternoon of a Torturer with Tertium non daturDetails. 2000/2006. 115 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Niki and FloDetails. 2003. 95 min. 7:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • King of Devil’s Island (Marius Holst). Details. 2010. 120 min. 7:00 pm.

Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum
Series Details

  • Michael RobinsonDetails. 16mm and video. 2007-2011. 54 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Entire Ecosystems: Works by Arne Sucksdorff and Marina Zurkow at 92YTribecaDetails. 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.

Ongoing

Where Are You Taking Me? (Kimi Takesue) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Video. 2010. 72 min. 7:00 and 8:45 pm.
This is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 74 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.

Galleries

Museums

Below listed North-South

Uptown

  • David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.

Midtown

Chelsea

Downtown

Brooklyn