Blog . 9/30-10/6: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle, The Host & More!
Matthew Barney Weekend opens with 2007's DE LAMA LAMINA, a Cleveland premiere Made after THE CREMASTER CYCLE (see below), Matthew Barney's DE LAMA LAMINA is a record of his 2004 collaboration with Brazilian guitarist Arto Lindsay. Taking place during a Carnaval parade, the film cuts between musicians playing atop a large all-terrain forestry vehicle sporting an uprooted tree, and a grubby man-beast who inhabits the vehicle's undercarriage, where he cradles a toy monkey. It's all a meditation on nature vs. industry, or something. See it Thursday or Friday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see DE LAMA LAMINA for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week. Plus, a ticket to DE LAMA LAMINA entitles you to see Barney's DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 on the same night for only $6 more! Barney, Bjork star in Barney's strange, ritualistic DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 Matthew Barney and his girlfriend Björk star in Barney's post-CREMASTER theatrical feature DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 (2005), showing Thursday and Friday. It's a stately, visually-stunning, virtually-wordless love story set on a Japanese whaling ship where two "Occidental Guests" get married in a Shinto ceremony and then engage in an even stranger ritual that's not for the squeamish. Björk also did the music. It will never be released on DVD, so catch it now, while you can! THE CREMASTER CYCLE IN ONE DAY! On October 2 and 3 we will present two complete marathon showings of Matthew Barney's five-part, six-and-a-half-hour CREMASTER CYCLE , the artist's most famous and controversial opus. Made between 1994 and 2002, the CREMASTER CYCLE has never been released on home DVD and, according to Matthew Barney, never will be. (Watch the trailer for the cycle here.) On Saturday CREMASTER 1-5 will be shown in numerical order starting at 3:45 pm. On Sunday the five films will be shown in the order in which they were made (4, 1, 5, 2, 3). Each day the movies will be contained in three separate programs (with a 45-60 min. dinner break before C3). Special all-day admission for those who buy all three tickets at once: $20, members and CIA students & staff $15. CREMASTER 1 & 2: from Astroturf to Houdini CREMASTER 1 (1995) is set in a hovering Goodyear blimp, where a woman arranges grapes into geometric patterns while a bevy of chorus girls re-create the same patterns on a blue Astroturf football field below. CREMASTER 2 (1999) is a mythopoeic Western that encompasses executed Utah killer Gary Gilmore (Matthew Barney), legendary escape artist Harry Houdini (Norman Mailer), bees, cars, country dancing, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Note that the double feature of C1 & C2 shows on Saturday only; on Sunday, C1 plays with C4, and C2 plays with C5. CREMASTER 3 is cycle's grandest installment CREMASTER 3 (2002) is the longest, grandest, and most accomplished movie in Matthew Barney's film cycle. Shot in locations ranging from Ireland and Scotland to the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum, this surrealistic, dialogue-less epic offers up a series of visually staggering vignettes involving Freemasons, chorus girls, punk rockers, architects, and a half-cheetah woman. Sculptor Richard Serra co-stars in this three-hour epic that vividly illustrates man's age-old proclivity to create and destroy. See it Saturday or Sunday evening. Special admission $10; members and CIA students & staff $7. CREMASTER 4 & 5: from the Isle of Man to the bowels of the Budapest opera house CREMASTER 4 (1994) is set on the Isle of Man, where a red-haired satyr (Barney, above) tap dances through the floor of a building and into the sea, and rival motorcycle gangs race in opposite directions around the island. CREMASTER 5 (1997) is a hypnotically strange and visually stunning spectacle set in, around, and under a Budapest opera house, where a Queen (Ursula Andress, above), a Diva, a Magician, a Giant (all Barney), and some water sprites enact a bizarre ritual of sexual release. See C4 & C5 together (for one price) on Saturday only; on Sunday C4 is paired with C1, and C5 is paired with C2. South Korean monster movie THE HOST opens 2010 Humanities Week Film Festival about "Globalism and Its Origins" Bong Joon-ho's thrilling and funny 2006 South Korean monster movie THE HOST is nominally about a family that battles a mutant creature that rises from a polluted river. But what's it really about? Robert Spadoni, CWRU associate professor of English and Film Studies and curator of this year's Humanities Week Film Festival (co-sponsored by CWRU's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities), will offer his theories during a pre-film introduction on Monday, October 4. CWRU students & staff (with I.D.) $6. DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE is haunting look at economic and environmental exploitation An Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Hubert Sauper's powerful 2004 Austrian film DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE explores a host of environmental and social problems resulting from the harvesting and processing of Nile perch in Lake Victoria in Tanzania. This devastating critique, shown on Tuesday, October 5 as part of the Humanities Week Film Festival co-sponsored by CWRU's Baker-Nord Center, will be introduced by Eric Chilton, CWRU lecturer in English. CWRU students & staff (with I.D.) $6. The IMF goes on trial in acclaimed BAMAKO Abderrahmane Sissako's 2006 Malian movie BAMAKO is one of the most acclaimed African movies of the past few years. It takes place in an outdoor courtyard in Bamako, the capital of Mali, where a mock trial unfolds. On the hot seat are the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund -- both accused of stifling Africa's economic development. This movie that has an overall rating of 81 (out of 100) on metacritic.com will be introduced by Richard Gordon, associate professor, CWRU School of Law. Co-sponsored by CWRU's Baker-Nord Center, it concludes this year's Humanities Week Film Festival on Wednesday, October 6. CWRU students & staff (with I.D.) $6. Swedish vampire movie to fill 10/29 TBA slot LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, the acclaimed 2008 Swedish vampire film and teen love story, will fill the "To Be Announced" slot on Friday, October 29, at 9:15 pm. (Matt Reeves' English-language remake of the movie, LET ME IN, is scheduled to open in theatres this Friday.) Regular Cinematheque ticket prices will apply. FILMS THIS WEEK MATTHEW BARNEY WEEKEND! Thu., Sept. 30, at 6:45 pm Fri., Oct. 1, at 7:30 pm DE LAMA LAMINA Thu., Sept. 30, at 8:00 pm Fri., Oct. 1, at 8:45 pm DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 Sat., Oct. 2, at 3:45 pm CREMASTER 1 CREMASTER 2 Sat., Oct. 2, at 6:30 pm Sun., Oct. 3, at 7:00 pm CREMASTER 3 $10; members/CIA $7 Sat., Oct. 2, at 10:00 pm CREMASTER 4 CREMASTER 5 Sun., Oct. 3, at 2:00 pm CREMASTER 4 CREMASTER 1 Sun., Oct. 3, at 3:45 pm CREMASTER 5 CREMASTER 2 Sun., Oct. 3, at 7:00 pm CREMASTER 3 HUMANITIES WEEK FILM FESTIVAL Mon., Oct. 4, at 7:00 pm THE HOST Tue., Oct. 5, at 7:00 pm DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE Wed., Oct. 6, at 7:00 pm BAMAKO FILMS NEXT WEEK Thu., Oct. 7, at 6:45 pm Sat., Oct. 9, at 7:40 pm Sun., Oct. 10, at 4:15 pm LET IT RAIN Thu., Oct. 7, at 8:45 pm Sat., Oct. 9, at 9:40 pm Sun., Oct. 10, at 6:30 pm DOGTOOTH Fri., Oct. 8, at 7:30 pm A Special Event! J. Todd Anderson presents THE ART OF MOTION PICTURE STORYBOARDING Fri., Oct. 8, at 9:30 pm FARGO Sat., Oct. 9, at 5:15 pm Sun., Oct. 10, at 8:25 pm PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque