What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, March 21
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Featured Screening: Three Crowns of the Sailor at Film Society of Lincoln Center
The Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s 50 Years of the New York Film Festival continues this evening with the late Raúl Ruiz‘s 1983 French-produced drama Three Crowns of the Sailor.
Appearing 1983, this macabre, surreal movie is based around the tales a drunken sailor shares with a student whom he’s just seen commit a murder. Patterned after the Chilean Ship of the Dead “Caleuche” myth, the sailor’s experiences aboard a damned vessel lead him through a series of South American ports and fantastic, liminal spaces. Like the Argentinian Jorge Luis-Borges, whom has been cited as a key reference, it develops its own literary and self-perpetuating structural games while likewise sharing that writer’s own antecedents like Robert Luis Stevenson and the Arabian Nights. As Dave Kehr wrote for the Chicago Reader (per FSLC’s notes): “Paradoxes build on paradoxes and logic on illogic, and yet the game has a serious end, building toward a world stripped of substance, in which everything signifies but nothing means. The visual style, based on Welles but with its own surprising directions, is just as imaginative.”
Three Crowns of the Sailor screens digitally at 8:30 pm.
Screen Slate has been gearing up for Sunday’s showing of Taking Tiger Mountain, which only began to come together about five days ago. In anticipation of the event an in-depth interview has been posted with director Tom Huckabee, who shares the strange trip of the coolest movie no one’s ever seen. This is a can’t-miss show. Help us gauge attendance by offering your RSVP.
This week’s stretch of Whitney Biennial screenings features the great Nathaniel Dorsky, known for his ultra-sensitive eye and seemingly preternatural connection to Kodachrome—he’s coined the term Devotional Cinema to describe his practice. I had the great pleasure of seeing Dorsky present the Biennial work at the SVA Theatre last year, and it might have been my most treasured cinematic experience of 2011. Compline, The Return and Aubade represent a transitional period for Dorsky. The first is his final film shot on the now defunct-Kodachrome stock, and the later two were shot on Fuji and Eastman stock, respectively—making these, in some even more literal sense, truly experimental works. Dorsky speaks with curator Ed Halter Sunday at 4:00 pm.
Moving from the, er, “hysterical excess” of Andrzej Żuławski, BAMCinématek proceeds with its retrospective of Terence Davies. Tonight’s Of Time and the City, 2008, is considered his masterpiece by many. This highly personal essay film about place and memory—sort of an ultra erudite cross between the Free Cinema movement and Alain Resnais—is a paean to his hometown, Liverpool. Tomorrow Screen Slate features the so-called Terence Davies Trilogy.
Abel Ferrara heads to Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image to present his latest, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, which is the first film the quintessentially “downtown” director has made in New York in nearly a decade. This intimate drama about how a couple experiences the impending apocalypse from their LES apartment felt shoddy and out-of-touch to me, but it’s undeniably a sincere and heartfelt work with moments of great vitality. Though I know I’m not alone in my ambivalence toward it, 4:44 did make a few great fans at the NYFF. Ferrara and star Shanyn Leigh, who also appears tonight, did not shy away from discussing some of the darker autobiographical aspects of the film, so the chance to see it with a Q&A is well worth it for the curious.
The Film-Maker’s Co-Op begins it’s screening series at Spectacle Theater with A Cinema for Peace! For Life, Against the War… Again!. This group show features a large and impressive array of artists including Barbara Hammer, Martha Rosler, Lynne Sachs, Jeff Silva, Mark Street, Artemis Willis, Elle Burchill, Bradley Eros, Ken Jacobs and more.
This week’s installment of Flaherty NYC is themed “Speculative Empathy,” and it features work by Jim Trainor and Nancy Andrews.
- Siberian Diary–Days at Apanas. Details. Video. 2003. 140 min. 7:00 pm.
- Lou Harrison: A World of Music (Eva Soltes). Details. Video. 2011. 90 min. 7:30 pm.
- Of Time and the City. Details. 35mm. 2008. 74 min. 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
- The Third Man (Carol Reed). Details. 1949. 104 min. 1:45 pm.
- Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti). Details. 1942. 92 min. 4:00 pm.
- Three Crowns of the Sailor (Raúl Ruiz). Details. Digital. 1983. 117 min. 8:30 pm.
- Sexual Misconduct. Details. 1912. 52 min. 1:30 pm.
- Faust’s Other: An Idyll (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1988. 45 min. 3:00 pm.
- Princess (Arto Halonen). Details. 2010. 104 min. 7:00 pm.
- Nathaniel Dorsky Program. Details. 16mm. 2010-2011. 57 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
Speculative Empathy: Nancy Andrews and Jim Trainor at 92YTribeca. Details. Video & 16mm. 2000-2010. 93 min. 7:30 pm.
108 Cuchillo de Palo (Renate Costa Perdomo) at Exit Art. Details. Skype Q&A with Perdomo. Details. 2012. 91 min. 7:30 pm.
The Book of Life (Hal Hartley) at IFC Center. Details. 1998. 63 min. 8:00 pm.
4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara) at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. Q&A with Ferrara and Shanyn Leigh. 2011. 85 min. 7:00 pm.
The Film-Makers Cooperative: A Cinema for Peace! For Life, Against the War… Again! at Spectacle Theater. Details. Work by Kevin Barry, Bosko Blagojevic, Elle Burchill, Jim Costanzo, Bradley Eros, Jeanne Finley, Martha Gorzycki, Alfred Guzetti, Barbara Hammer, Ken Jacobs, Douglas Katelus, Lynn Marie Kirby, Ernie Larsen, David Leitner, Les Leveque, Cynthia Madansky, Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe, Sheri Milner, John Muse, Martha Rosler, Lynne Sachs, MM Serra, Jeff Silva, Jeffrey Skoller, Mark Street, Cara Weiner, Lili White and Artemis Willis. 88 min. 8:00 pm.
Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 1:00, 4:30 and 8:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Music Makes a City (Oswley Brown III & Jerome Hiler) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. Digital. 2010. 103 min. Noon, 4:00 and 7:00 pm. FREE.
- 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 April 23.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May 7.
- Julika Rudelius “What is on the Outside” at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through July 5.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mia Berg “Woman: Camera” at Gallery 151, 132 West 18 Street. Open Tues to Sun. Ends March 30.
- 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.
- 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.