Blog . 11/18-21: Robert Banks, Tati's My Uncle, Peepli Live And More!
Cleveland filmmmakers Robert Banks and Bruce Checefsky present their internationally acclaimed short movies On Sunday night we present THE FILMS OF ROBERT BANKS & BRUCE CHECEFSKY, a program of short films by two of Cleveland's foremost filmmakers. Banks and Checefsky, whose films have been shown nationally and internationally at such venues as Anthology Film Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival (among many others), frequently collaborate with each other. This makes sense because they share a fascination with avant-garde cinema that is reflected in their own abstract film work, as well as a love for the aesthetic and physical properties of celluloid. (Both still shoot on film, and everything we will show on Sunday will be on 16mm or 35mm.) But each man is also a distinctive talent. Checefsky, whose day job is Director of the Reinberger Galleries at the Cleveland Institute of Art, works mostly in black-and-white, re-imagining classic Eastern European avant-garde films from the 1920s-40s that were either lost or destroyed, or perhaps only scripted or described but never filmed. His work tends to be refined, elegant, classical. Banks' movies, on the other hand, are riots of shots, sounds, colors, and camera angles, and are often scratched-on or painted-on. Themes include African-American life, the culture of beauty, and the media. The program will include Checefsky's "Pharmacy" (2001), "A Woman and Circles" (2004, pictured above), "Moment Musical" (2006), "Tuareg" (2008), and "Béla" (2009); and Banks' "MPG: Motion Picture Genocide" (1997), "Jaded" (1998); "Outlet" (1999); "Embryonic" (1999); "Goldfish and Sunflowers" (1999); "A.W.O.L." (2004); "Faith 'n' Chaos" (2004); "He Namedrops the Spider" (2010); and perhaps some new works and other surprises. Banks and Checefsky will answer audience questions after the screening. Darkly comic Indian satire PEEPLI LIVE evokes Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole" Anusha Rizvi's PEEPLI LIVE , India's official entry for the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, is a potent satire of one of that country's serious current problems-farmer suicides. The movie focuses on two destitute farmer brothers who realize that they are worth more to their families dead than alive, thanks to government compensation. When the siblings are overheard musing about suicide, television crews begin a ghoulish deathwatch that soon mushrooms into a media circus. Catch it Friday or Saturday. A French actress's life in transformed in THE PORTUGUESE NUN Named "the #1 film of 2009 you probably won't have seen" by Britain's Guardian newspaper and "the best movie in town" Village Voice, THE PORTUGUESE NUN is the latest movie by American-in-Paris Eugène Green. The film follows a French actress (Oliveira regular Leonor Baldaque) who arrives in Lisbon to shoot a movie based on the 17th-century epistolary novel Letters of a Portuguese Nun. The actress, a rootless atheist with a history of romantic disappointment, becomes fascinated with a real nun she spots in a church one day, and slowly but surely, her life is transformed. Undistributed in the U.S. and shown in a 35mm print from Europe that is in North America only temporarily, THE PORTUGUESE NUN is a "Cinematheque Elite" presentation for the most discerning filmgoers; special admission is $12, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $8. Acclaimed Sundance doc FAMILY AFFAIR exposes three sisters' shattering secrets When he was 10 years old, filmmaker Chico Colvard accidentally shot his sister in the leg. This random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities that shattered his family. Thirty years later, Colvard again ruptures veils of secrecy and silence with his acclaimed documentary FAMILY AFFAIR , a major hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival. As Colvard bravely visits his relatives, he assembles a personal film as uncompromising, raw, and cathartic as any in the history of the medium. Colvard's story yields piercing insights about the legacy of abuse. It also attempts to comprehend one's capacity to accommodate a parent's past crimes in order to satisfy an eternal longing for family. FAMILY AFFAIR opens commercially in New York this Friday; catch it in Cleveland on Saturday or Sunday. MY UNCLE is rare English-language version of Jacques Tati comedy classic MON ONCLE MY UNCLE is not the Jacques Tati masterpiece MON ONCLE that won the 1958 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film; it is the long-forgotten English-language version of that movie that Tati shot simultaneously with the French one. Recently uncovered and newly restored by the Tati estate, this comedy classic just played theatrically in NYC for the first time in over five decades. What's the difference between the two movies? According to The New York Times, "entire sequences appear in one version but not the other, and scenes are shot and edited for different effect." But basically the two films are the same-with the lanky, bumbling Mr. Hulot (Tati) leaving his ramshackle house in a quaint quarter of old Paris to visit his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew at their ugly, antiseptic, ultra-modern, gadget-ridden domicile in a fashionable, upscale neighborhood. The clash between the traditional and the trendy has rarely been so vividly, hilariously depicted on screen! Kids 12 & under can see it for only $6. This Tati classic was also one of five films selected by Guest Artistic Director David Lynch for this year's AFI Fest in L.A. As a preview, here's one minute of hilarity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE9t98Gox60; multiply it by 100 and you have the whole movie that we show on Saturday and Sunday. David Lynch What do women want? Let's hope the answers supplied by DEMENTIA are wrong! Called "the first foreign film ever made in Hollywood" by Downbeat magazine and condemned by the New York State Board of Censors as "inhuman, indecent, and the quintessence of gruesomeness," John Parker's DEMENTIA is an independent, hour-long 1955 horror film that probes the inner workings of a disturbed woman's twisted mind. With no dialogue, the film depicts a Freudian, skid-row nightmare in which a woman encounters a series of threatening men and sinister situations. Though it was cut and reissued two years later under the title DAUGHTER OF HORROR (with tacked-on narration by Ed McMahon!), we will show the undiluted original. It is also the movie seen in THE BLOB. Print this email and present it at the box office and see this strange movie that "resembles a lost collaboration between Ingmar Bergman and Ed Wood" (The Onion A.V. Club) for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) DEMENTIA shows on Thursday night only! Films This Week Thu., Nov. 18, at 6:45 pm The Silver Anniversary Screen 1950s weirdie DEMENTIA Thu., Nov. 18, at 8:00 pm Fri., Nov. 19, at 9:35 pm Cinematheque Elite THE PORTUGUESE NUN Fri., Nov. 19, at 7:30 pm Sat., Nov. 20, at 9:10 pm Indian comedy/drama PEEPLI LIVE Sat., Nov. 20, at 5:15 pm Sun., Nov. 21, at 2:00 pm Jacques Tati's MY UNCLE Sat., Nov. 20, at 7:30 pm Sun., Nov. 21, at 4:15 pm Powerful doc FAMILY AFFAIR Sun., Nov. 21, at 7:00 pm Shot-in-Cleveland shorts THE FILMS OF ROBERT BANKS & BRUCE CHECEFSKY Filmmakers in person! Films Next Week NO FILMS NOV. 25 & 26 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Sat., Nov. 27, at 5:15 pm Sun., Nov. 28, at 6:30 pm Live Piano Accompaniment! SO'S YOUR OLD MAN Sat., Nov. 27, at 6:45 pm JACQUES TATI SHORT FILMS Sat., Nov. 27, at 8:10 pm Sun., Nov. 28, at 3:30 pm THE ARMY OF CRIME Sun., Nov. 28, at 8:00 pm Mon., Nov. 29, at 7:30 pm ALTIPLANO The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque