Blog . 12/4-7: Bill Plympton, Tsai Ming-liang, Fassbinder & more!
Life on the margins is captured in acclaimed new Tsai film STRAY DOGS
STRAY DOGS, the first feature in five years by Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-liang (The Hole; Goodbye Dragon Inn), stars his regular muse Lee Kang-sheng as a homeless family man in modern-day Taipei. Though this character makes a little money holding an advertising placard on a busy street, he and his two young children squat nightly in an assortment of abandoned buildings and desolate industrial spaces. Tsai’s minimalist, deadpan style of observant long takes, spare dialogue, and little action is abetted by his great eye and superb sound effects. The result is a mesmerizing, hypnotic, indelible portrait of life on the margins, and one of the year’s essential art films. See this 2013 New York Film Festival selection on Friday or Sunday. Here's the trailer.
Animated feature ROCKS IN MY POCKETS is "a funny film about depression"
In the new film ROCKS IN MY POCKETS, which Variety hails as a “modern milestone in animated storytelling,” Latvian artist and animator Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the lives of five courageous women in her family. These women, representing three generations on two continents (and including Baumane herself), have all battled mental illness—mostly depression—for decades. Baumane tackles this sober subject with invention and humor, combining hand-drawn figures with paper-maché props and stop motion. The Boston Globe calls Rocks in My Pockets “[a] sardonically hilarious, sneakily moving, autobiographical animated feature.” See this English-language film on Saturday or Sunday. (Sunday moviegoers should allow extra time to park since Holiday CircleFest takes place in University Circle that day.) Watch the trailer here.
Bill Plympton's animated feature CHEATIN' looks at adultery, jealousy, and more
Bill Plympton's new hand-drawn animated feature CHEATIN', which contains no dialogue, tells of a deliriously happy pair of newlyweds who separate when a conniving femme fatale produces fake evidence that the wife has been unfaithful. Then things get weird—serial adultery occurs, a hit man is hired, souls are transferred into new bodies. Plympton's freewheeling style and outrageous, ever-morphing figures are as distinctive and dazzling as ever. Variety calls Cheatin' “one of Bill Plympton's best longform animated works. No one under 18 will be admitted when we premiere this film locally on Friday and Sunday. Here's the trailer.
Supernatural romantic fantasy PORTRAIT OF JENNIE shows in special archive print
A favorite of Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel, William Dieterle's PORTRAIT OF JENNIE is a supernatural fantasy about a painter’s infatuation for a mysterious, ethereal young woman who ages much faster than he does. Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones, Ethel Barrymore, and Lillian Gish star in this 1948 film, a lavish David O. Selznick production that Pauline Kael calls “a deluxe exercise in mystical romanticism.” Dieterle is the German-born director of The Devil and Daniel Webster. Cameraman Joseph August works in both color and b&w and “conjures pure magic,” according to the Time Out Film Guide. See this 1948 Hollywood classic that was revived at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival (it was programmed there by film scholar David Thomson) in a 35mm archive print on Saturday at 5:15 pm. Special admission is $11; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted or honored.
BIG JOY chronicles the life adventures of poet and filmmaker James Broughton
The life and work of West Coast poet and experimental filmmaker James Broughton (1913-1999) are celebrated in the new documentaryBIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON. A bisexual who fathered the only child of legendary film critic Pauline Kael, Broughton was a sensualist with a huge appetite for life—well seen in his sunny, sexy 1967 16mm short The Bed (pictured above). But he also made other films, beginning in the pre-Beat Era 1940s and continuing into the 1980s. Throughout his colorful life, he lived by the motto “follow your own weird” and encouraged others to do the same. See this program (which is supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund) on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Here's the trailer for a recent Austin Film Society screening. Fassbinder's FEAR OF FEAR is a diary of a mad housewife, German style
In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s FEAR OF FEAR, a Sirkian 1975 “women’s picture” made for TV, Margit Carstensen plays an anxious housewife who has two young children, a husband who ignores her, and in-laws who hate her. On the verge of mental collapse, she turns to Valium, then alcohol. See this classic in a 35mm color print on Thursday at 6:45 pm or Saturday at 8:50 pm.
CIA Student Craft Sale is this weekend
Peruse (and purchase) unique gifts made by Cleveland Institute of Art students at this weekend's CIA Student Craft Sale. Hours are 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday; 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday; 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday. It's just down the hall from Aitken Auditorium.
Thu., Dec. 4, at 6:45pm
Sat., Dec. 6, at 8:50pm
R. W. Fassbinder's
FEAR OF FEAR
Thu., Dec. 4, at 8:30pm
BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
Fri., Dec. 5, at 7:15pm
Sun., Dec. 7, at 9:10pm
Bill Plympton's animated feature
Fri., Dec. 5, at 8:50pm
Sat., Dec. 7, at 6:30pm
Sat., Dec. 6, at 5:15pm
Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones in William Dieterle's
PORTRAIT OF JENNIE
Sat., Dec. 6, at 7:00pm
Sun., Dec. 7, at 4:30pm
Autobiographical animated feature
ROCKS IN MY POCKET
Thu., Dec. 11, at 6:45pm
Sat., Dec. 13, at 7:00pm
AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA
Thu., Dec. 11, at 8:35pm
Sat., Dec. 13, at 8:50pm
DEATH RIDES A HORSE
Fri., Dec. 12, at 7:30pm
THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC
Fri., Dec. 12, at 9:25pm
FILMAGE: THE STORY OF THE DESCENDENTS/ALL
Sat., Dec. 13, at 5:15pm
NO FILMS SUN., DEC. 14