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Wednesday, April 18

What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, April 18
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Featured Screening: Unsound Festival: ANIMATORS at BAMCinématek

Brief notes today: Wednesday marks the start of Unsound New York, the stateside iteration of Poland’s annual festival of experimental music and media arts. Baaba provides music for a series of eight spectacular animations by the likes of Walerian Borowczyk, Jan Lenica, Zbigniew Rybczynski, Stefan Schabenbeck and more. The work spans the period from the late 1950s–around which time the process of de-Stalinization saw increases in funding for the arts, more liberal attitudes toward censorship and the strengthening of the National Film School in Łódź–to 1975; shortly thereafter, in 1981, the declaration of martial law and attendant clampdown on artists saw a significant caesura in this wellspring of creativity (which had earlier faltered around a similar crackdown response to student protests in March 1968). In any case, this period represents an incredibly fertile concentration of creative activity and some of the most dazzling, inventive animation ever made.

This week The Whitney Museum screens the entire Weather Diary cycle by George Kuchar.

Bernadette Lafont returns to French Institute Alliance Française tonight to read letters from François Truffaut (in French, naturally). Get a big discount for $10 with the code ARTS10 online.

Lincoln Center‘s Images from the Edge: Classic & Contemporary Icelandic Cinema begins tonight. Ágúst Guðmundsson’s 1980 Land and Sons, Iceland’s essential contemporary classic, screens at 8:30 tonight with the director in attendance.

Aelita director Yakov Protazanov‘s St. Jorgen’s Day is described as a Gogol-esque clerical satire. It screens at 7:00 pm.

Today

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

  • White White World (Oleg Novkovic). 2010. 7:30 pm.

Images from the Edge: Classic & Contemporary Icelandic Cinema at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Between Mountain and Shore (Loftur Gudmundsson). Details. 1949. 91 min. 2:00 pm.
  • Ingaló (Ásdís Thoroddsen). Details. DCP. Thoroddsen in attendance. 1992. 96 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Either Way (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson). Details. Sigurðsson in attendance. DCP. 2011. 85 min. 6:15 pm.
  • Land and Sons (Ágúst Guðmundsson). Details. Guðmundsson in attendance. DCP. 1980. 93 min. 8:30 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Le Plasir (Max Ophuls). Details. 1952. 91 min. 1:30 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Jane and Tortured Dust (Part 3 & 4) (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1984/1985. 31 min. 3:00 pm.

Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Golden Lake (Vladimir Shneiderov). Details. 1935. 83 min. 4:00 pm.
  • St. Jorgen’s Day (Yakov Protazanov). Details. Live musical accompaniment and translation. 1930. 92 min. 7:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • Glowing Stars (Lisa Siwe). Details. 2009. 90 min. 7:00 pm.

Whitney Biennial 2012: George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries at The Whitney Museum
Series Details • Through May 27

  • Program 1Details. 1977/1986. 90 min. 11:30 am.
  • Program 2. Details. 1998/1989. 64 min. 1:30 pm.
  • Program 3. Details. 1990-1999. 82 min. 3:00 pm.
  • Program 4. Details. 2000-2011. 70 min. 4:30 pm.

Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven) at 92YTribecaDetails. 35mm. 1997. 129 min. 7:00 pm.
Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 6:00 pm.
Unsound Festival New York: ANIMATORS at BAMCinématek. Details. 1957-1975. 60 min. 7:00 pm.
Bernadette Lafont: Letters from Truffaut at French Institute Alliance Française. Details. 7:00 pm.
Terra di Mezzo (Matteo Garroe) at Hunter College Language Center 68th/Lexinton. Details. 6:00 pm.
Bye Bye Brasil (Carlos Diegues) at Rabbithole. Details. Live performances by White Lamb and Clara Kennedy. $10 admission with open bar. 1980. 110 min. Bands 7:30 pm screening 8:30 pm.
The Seagull Live Scores The Reveal at Spectacle. Details. 8:00 pm.

Ongoing

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.
Oki’s Movie (Hong Sang-soo) at Maysles CinemaDetails.  2010. 80 min. 7:30 pm.

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