Friday, March 9

La Captive at Hunter

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Featured Screening: Chantal Akerman presents The Captive at Hunter College’s Lang Recital Hall

This evening Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman visits Hunter College for a FREE 6:00 pm screening and discussion of La Captive, her loose, 2000 adaptation of Marcel Proust’s La Prisonnière.

Akerman, a Visiting Professor of Film/Video and Jewish Studies at CUNY, began making films in her late teens and in her early 20’s had a brief but influential stay in New York City in her early 20’s, during which time she engaged with the work of structural filmmakers like Canadian Michael Snow. This influence is borne out by her subsequent short films and early features like 1975’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Whereas that film deals with the oppression of quotidian, repetitive domestic activities, La Captive explores romantic jealousy, possessiveness and obsession. Doing away with the hefty backstory of La Prisonnière‘s preceding four volumes of In Search of Lost Time, it’s a standalone work more suggested by than adapted from Proust’s story. The story details a young man who shares an apartment with his grandmother and girlfriend; convinced the latter is having an affair with another woman, he coldly obsesses over her every movement. As described by Acquarello of Strictly Film School, “Akerman distills the lush texturality and baroque elements of Proust to create a spare and essential portrait that nevertheless retains the thematic density and emotional ambiguity of the psychological novel. … By presenting psychological interiority through an overarching narrative circularity and incorporating visually austere and oppressively isolating landscapes, Akerman creates a haunting and irresolvable odyssey of possession, passion, disconnection, and myopia.”

The post-screening discussion with Akerman includes Art Professor Constance Dejong and Professor Ivone Margulies, author of Nothing Happens: Chantal Akerman’s Hyperrealist Everyday.

Also Recommended

The seeds of 2001: A Space Odyssey are on view over the course of tonight’s Nearly Distant Futures offerings at Spectacle Theater. At 9:30 pm is Jindrich Polák‘s 1963 Ikarie XB-I, a beautiful, black-and-white chronicle of the external and internal travails of an interstellar space crew. Its contemplative disposition, exploration of the quotidian and brooding unease were likely an influence on Kubrick as much as the film’s set design—which, consciously or not, seem to have sieved through to other post-2001 SF films like Alien. The 7:30 pm show begins with Roman Koritor & Colin Low’s 30-minute Universe, 1960, another explicitly acknowledged influence on Kubrick. Its awe-inspiring, painstakingly rendered imagining of the cosmos must be seen to be believed. It precedes Time Masters, the second animated feature film by Fantastic Planet co-director René Laloux, which was done in collaboration with Jean Giraud aka Moebius. It’s this week’s L Magazine rep pick.

Luis Macías and Adriana Vila present an evening of expanded cinema at Millennium Film Workshop. Their performances are constructed by home movie found footage, light created through film loops and film-less projections. Check out documentation of a recent Macías performance here. Tonight’s event begins at 8:00 pm.

A focus screening of “experimental performance film” POE (…and the museum of lost arts), by artist Elise Kermani begins 7:00 pm at electronic media art space Harvestworks. Comprising the talents of many artists from New York’s downtown dance, music and film scenes, the work takes an “aesthetic [archaeological]” view of New York’s history and 19th-century technology through a folkloric biography of Edgar Allan Poe as told by Charles Baudelaire. Whoa! The evening concludes with a reception and Q&A—admission is FREE with RSVP, though donations are encouraged. More about the project is available here.

Ward 6, Romanian filmmaker Lucian Pintilie‘s only film made in exile—in Yugoslavia—screens 4:00 pm at MoMA.


Armory • Artprojx • Artsnotfair • Fountain • Independent • Moving Image Fair • PooL • ScopeSPRING/BREAK • Volta NY

  • Armory Film: Curated by Moving Image at the Media Lounge of Pier 94Details. Work by Nancy Atakan, Brody Condon, Mathieu Dufois, Rico Gatson, Cao Guimarães, Gavin Hipkins, Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley, Jennifer Levonian, Ho Tzu Nyen, John Pilson, Liliana Porter, Alex Prager, Andres Serrano, Adam Shecter, Tom Thayer, Leslie Thornton, Suh Dong Wook, Karen Yasinsky and ZimmerFrei. 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • Hidden Treasure: Special Electronic Arts Intermix Presentation on Video Preservation at Waterfront New York Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue between 27 and 28 Streets. Details. 5:00 pm.
  • A Grammar for Listening (Parts 1-3) (Luke Fowler) at SVA Theatre. 8:30 pm.
  • All Divided Selves (Luke Fowler) at SVA Theatre. 9:30 pm.

Overdue at 92YTribeca
Series Details

  • Blue Collar (Paul Schrader). Details. 35mm. 1978. 114 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Which Way is Up? (Michael Schultz). Details. 35mm. 1977. 93 min. 9:30 pm.

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

  • Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror). Details. 16mm. 1972. 102 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Angela: Portrait of a Revolutionary (Yolande du Luart). Details. 1969-1971. 60 min. 9:15 pm.

Nina Menkes at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details • Through March 16

  • DissolutionDetails. Video. 2010. 88 min. 7:00 pm.
  • The Bloody ChildDetails. 35mm. 1996. 86 min. 9:00 pm.

Discovering Andrzej Żuławski at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • The Most Important Thing: Love. Details. DCP. 1975. 109 min. 7:00 pm.

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

  • Smugglers’ Songs (Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche). Details. HDCam. 2011. 97 min. 1:30 pm.
  • A Gang Story (Olivier Marchal). Details. DCP. 2011. 102 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Headwinds (Jalil Lespert). Details. 35mm. 2011. 91 min. 6:15 pm.
  • Unforgivable (André Téchiné). Details. DCP. 2011. 111 min. 8:45 pm.

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

  • Tale of Cinema (Lee Sang-il). Details. 35mm. 2010. 139 min. 7:30 pm.

Cruel and Unusual Comedy Reprised at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Surreal Life—Dallying With the AbsurdDetails. 1916-1926. 72 min. 2:30 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

  • Ward 6Details. 1973. 92 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Sunday at 6Details. 1965. 83 min. 7:00 pm.

See It Big! at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock). Details. 1959. 131 min. 7:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • King of Devil’s Island (Marius Holst). Details. 2010. 120 min. 6:30 pm.

Nearly Distant Futures at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • Time Masters (René Laloux & Moebius) with Universe (Roman Kroitor & Colin Low). Details. 1958/1960. 105 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Ikarie XB-1 (Jindrich Polák). Details. Digital. 1963. 89 min. 9:30 pm.

Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum
Series Details

  • Michael RobinsonDetails. 16mm and video. 2007-2011. 54 min. 2:00, 4:00 and 7:00 pm.

POE (…and the museum of lost arts) (Elise Kermani) at Harvestworks. Details. 7:00 pm. FREE with RSVP.
The Captive
 (Chantal Akerman) at Hunter College’s Lang Recital Hall. Details. Akerman in attendance for discussion. 2000. 118 min. 6:00 pm. FREE.
Becket (Peter Glenville) at The Rubin MuseumDetails. Introduced by historian Andrew Romig. 1964. 148 min. 9:30 pm.
Vigilante Vigilante (Max Good) at Maysles CinemaDetails. Followed by discussion. 2011. 86 min. 7:30 pm.
Tejido Conectivo: Luis Mascias and Adriana Vila at Millennium Film Workshop. Details. 8:00 pm.


Alien (Ridley Scott) at IFC CenterDetails. 1979. 117 min. 11:35 pm.
Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter) at IFC CenterDetails. 1996. 101 min.
Mulholland Drive
 (David Lynch) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 2001. 146 min.
Pusher (Nicolas Winding Refn) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 1996. 106 min.
WHAM! BAM! Thank You Spaceman!
 (William A. Levey) at Spectacle Theater. Details. 1975. 75 min.


Children of Paradise (Kimi Takesue) at Film ForumDetails. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 1:00, 4:30 and 8:00 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.



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.