What’s Showing Today? Friday, March 9
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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.
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 Film: Curated by Moving Image at the Media Lounge of Pier 94. Details. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dissolution. Details. Video. 2010. 88 min. 7:00 pm.
- The Bloody Child. Details. 35mm. 1996. 86 min. 9:00 pm.
- The Most Important Thing: Love. Details. DCP. 1975. 109 min. 7:00 pm.
- 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.
- Tale of Cinema (Lee Sang-il). Details. 35mm. 2010. 139 min. 7:30 pm.
- The Surreal Life—Dallying With the Absurd. Details. 1916-1926. 72 min. 2:30 pm.
- Roman Numeral Series III-IX and Unconscious London Strata. Details. 1981. 56 min. 3:00 pm.
- North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock). Details. 1959. 131 min. 7:00 pm.
- King of Devil’s Island (Marius Holst). Details. 2010. 120 min. 6:30 pm.
- 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.
- Michael Robinson. Details. 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 Museum. Details. Introduced by historian Andrew Romig. 1964. 148 min. 9:30 pm.
Vigilante Vigilante (Max Good) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 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 Center. Details. 1979. 117 min. 11:35 pm.
Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. 1996. 101 min.
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 2001. 146 min.
Pusher (Nicolas Winding Refn) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 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 Forum. Details. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 1:00, 4:30 and 8:00 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.