Thursday, April 12

El Sur at Anthology Film Archives

What’s Showing Today? Thursday, April 12
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Featured Screening: El Sur at Anthology Film Archives

The twilit El Sur is the second and to date most recent feature by Spirit of the Beehive director Victor Erice. It explores the quiet, slow-burn deterioration of the relationship between a young girl and her father over a number of years. Beginning in almost arcane, magical tones, the film’s pitch is increasingly grounded as the girl discovers a very human secret about her father that lowers his disposition and leaves her to grow into her own terms. Reveling in muted trauma and liminal emotional states, it’s accompanied by photography carefully lit in the tones of Dutch Golden Age painting. The print screening tonight at Anthology Film Archives looks fantastic.

Also Noted

I programmed tonight’s entries of Spectacle‘s International World of Darkness series: O Drakos from Athens, Greece, and The Red Light Bandit from São Paulo, Brazil, are both tied to the theme of media sensationalism and criminal allure. Drakos is widely considered the greatest Greek film ever made. A mild-mannered stool pigeon’s life unravels when the newspaper publishes a sketch of a notorious serial killer to which he bears an uncanny likeness. With the entire city out to tear him to shreds, he finds asylum in an musical nightclub that doubles as the hub of Athens’s criminal underworld. He’s revered as a sort of newfangled folkhero, but must take uneasy steps to settle into his new identity. This cooly paced, wry and enthralling 1956 drama with a paranoid Carol Reed sensibility anticipates the work of Jean-Pierre Melville French New Wave. You’d be doing a great disservice to yourself if you only saw one Greek film ever—but in that case, it should for sure be this one. The maniacally unhinged Red Light Bandit is often regarded as the pinnacle of the Cinema Novo movement, a massively transgressive, lo-fi push back against Estado Novo regime’s attempts at censorship. It charts the media sensation and celebrity in the wake of a rapist-killer’s crime spree. Both films are also marked by stark black-and-white photography and social realist tendencies.

Be sure to check out the schedule of Disappearing Act IV, the Slavic-leaning European film festival organized by the Czech Center and Romanian Cultural Institute and curated by Irena Kovarova. All screenings at Bohemian National Hall, such as tonight’s, are FREE. First up this evening is one that’s come highly recommended: Cinema Komunisto. The recent documentary examines dictatorial Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito‘s legendary obsession with film and celebrity through the eyes of his personal projectionist. It’s apparently not only a story of nation building through cinematic myth making, but a twofold feat of preservation, encompassing a mass of rare archival footage while also capturing something of the history of an area known for expunging its own recent past. Here’s a New York Times interview with director Mila Turajlic and a trailer on the film’s website.

At last night’s screening of the spectacular Loss of Feeling, MoMA curator Laurence Kardish tipped Revolt of the Fisherman as one not to miss from the Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory series. Recently rediscovered and truly little-known—even its own director apparently never saw it—Revolt is described as the sole feature film of German theater director and Brecht cohort Erwin Piscator. (Not that I would know any better otherwise, but IMDb lists a previous adaptation Ernst Toller’s Hoppla, We’re Alive!, which Piscator had made famous on stage.) This experimental narrative tale of a fishermen’s strike is adapted from a story by Anna Seghers. Read an insightful critique that elaborates on its history and politics here.


Spanish Cinema of the Early Post-Franco Era at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • The South (Victor Erice). Details. 35mm. 1983. 95 min. 7:00 pm.
  • The Needle (Eloy de la Iglesia). Details. 9:00 pm.

Essential Cinema at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Quick Billy (Bruce Baillie). Details. 16mm. 1971. 73 min. 7:15 pm.
  • Bruce Baillie/Douglass Crockwell. Details. 16mm. 1963-1968. 100 min. 8:45 pm.

Ghett’Out Film Festival at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • L’Afrance (Alain Gomis). Details. 35mm. 2011. 90 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Shorts ProgramDetails. 2003-2011. 97 min. 6:50 pm.
  • Rue des cités (Carine May & Hakim Zouhani). Details. Bluray. 2011. 68 min. 9:30 pm.

Disappearing Act IV at Bohemian National Hall
Festival Details • All shows FREE

  • Cinema Komunisto (Mila Turaljic). 2010. 100 min. 6:30 pm.
  • The Christening (Corneliu Porumboiu). 2009. 86 min. 8:15 pm.

19th New York African Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Monica Wangu Wamwere: The Unbroken Spirit (Jane Munene). Details. 2011. 71 min. 2:15 pm.
  • Elza (Mariette Monpierre). Details. 2011. 80 min. 4:00 pm.
  • The Education of Auma Obama (Branwen Okpako). Details. 2011. 79 min. 6:00 pm.
  • How to Steal 2 Million (Charlie Vundla). Details. 2011. 90 min. 8:15 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • The River (Jean Renoir). Details. 1951. 99 min. 1:30 pm.

Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA
Series Details

  • Revolt of the Fisherman (Erwin Piscator) with The Red Dream Factory (Alexander Schwarz). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. Intro by Schwarz. 1934/2012. 126 min. 4:00 pm.
  • The End of St. Petersburg (Vsevolod Pudovkin). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. 1927. 80 min. 7:00 pm.

Three Stooges Matinees at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Grips, Grunts and Groans, From Nurse to Worse and In the Sweet Pie and PieDetails. 1937-1943. 60 min. 2:00 pm.

World of Darkness at Spectacle
Series Details

  • O Drakos (Nikos Koundouros). Details. Digital. 1956. 103 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Red Light Bandit (Rogério Sganzerla). Details. Digital. 1968. 92 min. 9:30 pm.

Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum
Series Details • Through May 27

  • Ocean (Charles Atlas). Details. 4th Floor. HD. 2011. 100 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Les Goddesses (Moyra Davey). Details. HD. 2011. 61 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Tempo Rei (Lula Buarque de Hollanda, Andrucha Waddington & Breno Silveira) at 92YTribecaDetails. Digibeta. 1996. 90 min. 7:00 pm.
The Women (George Cukor) at Chelsea ClearviewDetails. Early show introduced by drag queen Hedda Lettuce. 1939. 133 min. 7:00 and 9:30 pm.


Post Mortem (Pablo Larraín) at Film ForumDetails. 2010. 98 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
The Graduate (Mike Nichols) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1967. 105 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 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.