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Established in 2002 as the support program at the Pula Film Festival, the 9th annual Cinemaniac festival is a multimedia exhibition of experimental film making running from July 18th through August 6th at the Gallery Anex and Gallery Luka (MMC LUKA) in Croatia. Cinemania 2010: The InVisible MAFAF exhibition is dedicated to the MAFAF - the Inter cine club Alternative Amateur and Artist Film Festival, which ran from 1965 to 1990 in Pula as an annual prelude to the Yugoslav Feature Film Festival.
This year's festival aims to resurrect and re-contextualize the history of the nearly completely forgotten European film festival. Despite its 25 years as the biggest event dedicated to alternative and non-professional film making in Yugoslavia, the MAFAF seemed to have dropped from the collective memory, becoming invisible in the public eye. The Cinemaniac exhibition, curated by Branka Bencic and pieced together through rare documents and fragile archives, seeks “to provide room for a subjective critical reinterpretation which would be shorn of eulogy and myth.” The event aspires to make the invisible visible once more.
Throughout its nearly three decades, the MAFAF showcased the works of such talents as Tomislav Gotovac, Želimir Žilnik, Vladimir Petek, Lordan Zafranović, Franci Slak, Ivan Faktor, Zdravko Mustać, Boris Poljak, Vladislav Knežević, Josip Zanki, and Dan Oki. Cinemaniac 2010 will bring the lost festival deliberately into present context by inviting to Pula several of the erstwhile MAFAF participants along with a new generation of contemporary visual artists. In essence, the event hopes to not only summon ghosts of the departed festival, but to highlight its larger connection to the procession of experimental videography toward the future.
Cinemania 2010: The InVisible MAFAF is also seen as a research platform, a project which will be implemented in phases in several recognizable presentation formats - exhibitions, film screenings program, a series of talks - a panel discussion - symposium, publications: catalog, collection, and will play a significant role in creating archives and storing and collecting materials to protect the festival from falling again into invisibility.
For exhibit schedule and more information go to www.pulafilmfestival.hr/hr/index.php?p=list&group=67
Cinemania 2010: The InVisible MAFAFJuly 18th - August 6th, 2010Gallery Anex and Gallery Luka (MMC LUKA)Croatia
The Maya Indie Film Series kicks off its sophomore tour on July 23, 2010, in Dallas, TX. The Latino-themed film series will tour eight cities through July and August, with one week in each city, and end in Los Angeles, CA, in time for Hispanic Heritage Month.The movies in the series are a cross section of genres, including comedy, crime, feel-good, action and romance. Some are in English and some in Spanish. The sample is the same cinematic variety that Moctesuma Esparza, Maya Entertainment’s founder, experienced as a boy growing up in East L.A. 50 years ago.
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Nothing says "si se puede" like the New York International Latino Film Festival. The respected fest began 11 years ago with the budget for a burrito, and has since lassoed steady sponsorship, loyal fans and a reputation as a premier US showcase focused on urban Hispanic cinema.
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Starting this week at the Walter Reade Theatre, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is mounting a complete retrospective of the films directed by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood, running from from July 9th to 27th, 2010. For many years, appreciation of Eastwood's classical approach to visual storytelling was primarily the province of French critics -- especially, those at Cahiers du Cinema and a small cadre of American auteurists. I would cite, in particularly, the exemplary writing of the New York Times' Dave Kehr.
Eastwood is now, of course, one of the most prestigious directors in Hollywood. The retrospective also showcases some of his work as an actor with the two directors who most influenced him as a filmmaker, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. Eastwood was molded into a very fine actor under the hand of Leone in the "Dollars Trilogy," which ushered in the actor's stardom. The classical art of underplaying has become an undervalued commodity since the revolution in acting wrought by the Method, but Eastwood mastered this skill, along with a fine sense of dryly comic timing, with Leone's supervision.The Film Society offered press screenings of three titles in "The Complete Clint Eastwood" series, and I offer a short preview here.One of the ultimate cult films -- and perhaps the ultimate spaghetti Western -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the epic culmination of Leone's "Dollars Trilogy" featuring Eastwood as The Man with No Name. Leone, a grim, Marxist ironist whose taste for operatic excess soared into the stratosphere with his subsequent magnum opus, Once upon a Time in the West, was a master of the close-up as well as of the wide shot, both of which are deployed brilliantly here.
All three lead performances -- by Eastwood, Lee van Cleef and Eli Wallach -- are justly famous, as is Ennio Morricone's astounding score. The film's glorious images were photographed by Passolini's great cinematographer, Tonino Delli Colli. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was shot in IB Technicolor, but the Film Society is screening the recent restored version in Eastmancolor. This is a very fine transfer with excellent clarity, although unfortunately the color here doesn't have the vividness of Once Upon a Time in the West's recent restoration. The print screened is in excellent condition with a small amount of wear.Eastwood dealt with uncharacteristically sentimental material in Breezy, his third film as a director and the first in which he did not appear; however, Eastwood's restrained, somewhat distanced approach works against the material to a profitable end even as the actual shooting style proves to be relatively slack amidst the director's other, more estimable achievements. The film is held together by an extraordinary performance from William Holden, here in his moving, autumnal phase as an actor. The Film Society screened an excellent archival print with outstanding, sharp color.Siegel's style seems closer than Leone's to Eastwood's. Both American directors have on the whole eschewed the European ostentation favored by Leone, although Siegel has occasionally employed mannerist technique, as in The Beguiled. In general, however, Siegel and Eastwood have both utilized a neutral, functional mise-en-scene, although Eastwood has shown more of an affinity for cultivating handsome images in many of his films.
Siegel's Escape to Alcatraz, screening here, displays the director's sober, stripped-down technique at its purest while the film's screenplay is in line with his thematically consistent focus on mavericks. Escape from Alcatraz is well-acted all around, but Patrick McGoohan's evident relish in playing the prison warden is noteworthy. The film was screened in an excellent archival print with good color.
Absolute PowerClint Eastwood, 1997, USA; 120mIn this shadowy White House thriller, a burglar (Eastwood) sees something he shouldn't. Philandering President Gene Hackman is not amused. Tue Jul 20: 3:40Sat Jul 24: 3:30 BirdClint Eastwood, 1988, USA; 161mForest Whitaker's indelible turn as Eastwood jazz idol Charlie "Bird" Parker is heroic and heartbreaking--an essential performance of the 80s or any decade. NYFF '88. Sat Jul 17: 6:00Mon Jul 19: 1:00 Blood WorkClint Eastwood, 2002, USA; 111mPost heart transplant, a detective (Eastwood) tackles one last murder. "So much more than just a thriller."-Amy Taubin, Film CommentFri Jul 23: 1:30 BreezyClint Eastwood, 1973, USA; 108mOne of the era's most undervalued films, this May-December romance links a divorcé (superb William Holden) and a hippie (Kay Lenz).Tue Jul 13: 1:15 The Bridges of Madison CountyClint Eastwood, 1995, USA; 135mThis "love story for adults" follows the passionate four-day affair between a housewife (Meryl Streep) and a photographer (Eastwood) in 1960s Iowa.Wed Jul 21: 1:00 & 6:15 Bronco BillyClint Eastwood, 1980, USA; 116mA gentle screwball comedy in which a fugitive heiress (Sondra Locke) crashes a New Jersey shoe salesman's Wild West big top.Fri Jul 16: 1:30 & 8:45 ChangelingClint Eastwood, 2008, USA; 141mThe majestic, fact-based period drama about a missing child stars Oscar nominee Angelina Jolie (and was the Centerpiece of NYFF '08).Sun Jul 25: 3:30 Dirty HarryDon Siegel, 1971, USA; 102mEastwood compatriot Don Siegel galvanizes the vigilante-cop classic with clean, hard filmmaking, with Clint's gunplay and growls in high form.Sat Jul 10: 9:00Thu Jul 15: 4:10 The Eastwood FactorRichard Schickel, 2010, USA; 90mSchickel's warm documentary joins Eastwood on an extraordinary trip down memory lane, with visits to the Warner Brothers lot and his hometown. Following the screening, Schickel will be signing copies of his book, Clint: A Retrospective. Fri Jul 9: 7:00 The Eiger SanctionClint Eastwood, 1975, USA; 125mParanoia on an Alpine peak! Eastwood does his own mountaineer stunts as an art-collecting ex-assassin called back for one last kill.Mon Jul 12: 6:30 Tue Jul 13: 3:30 Escape from AlcatrazDon Siegel, 1979, USA; 112mThe classic nail-biter about a 1962 prison break from "The Rock" was the climactic Siegel-Eastwood pair-up-and a doozy.Thu Jul 22: 4:00 & 9:35 FirefoxClint Eastwood, 1982, USA; 136mEastwood steals a secret Soviet warplane! "A level of personal expressiveness all but banished from popular American movies." -Dave KehrFri Jul 16: 3:50Sat Jul 17: 3:20 A Fistful of Dollars Sergio Leone, 1964, Italy; 96mThe dazzling spaghetti Western trilogy begins: The Man with No Name (Eastwood) pays a small Mexican town a very special visit. Followed by a live conversation and Q&A with Eastwood via Skype!Sat Jul 10: 2:30 Flags of Our FathersClint Eastwood, 2006, USA; 131mGuts and glory get a reality check through the cracked prism of Iwo Jima's flag-raising. With Ryan Philippe and Adam Beach.Sat Jul 24: 6:00Mon Jul 26: 6:00 For a Few Dollars MoreSergio Leone, 1965, Italy; 130mThe spaghetti Western feast continues: Eastwood's bounty hunter and Lee Van Cleef zero in on a bank bandit.Thu Jul 15: 1:30 The GauntletClint Eastwood, 1977, USA; 114mUnder an action-packed onslaught, a drunken cop (Eastwood) and a mob-witness hooker (Sondra Locke) try to escape Vegas, or anywhere, alive.Wed Jul 14: 4:10 & 8:45 The Good, The Bad, and The UglySergio Leone, 1966, Italy; 161mThe One and Only! If you've never seen this tour-de-force Western on the big screen, then you haven't seen it.Thu Jul 22: 12:30 & 6:15 Gran TorinoClint Eastwood, 2008, USA; 116mA tough-as-nails Detroit retiree (Eastwood) grudgingly makes nice with Vietnamese neighbors and shows no-good hoods the meaning of honor.Tue Jul 27: 4:00 Heartbreak RidgeClint Eastwood, 1986, USA; 128mA hard-drinking old-school Marine sergeant whips his rowdy grunts into shape in this colorful tribute to military life.Sat Jul 17: 9:00 High Plains DrifterClint Eastwood, 1975, USA; 105mA stranger (Eastwood) dispenses his own justice in a corrupt Western town in this unsettling study of the archetypical gunslinger.Mon Jul 12: 4:20 & 9:00 Honky Tonk ManClint Eastwood, 1982, USA; 123mIn this "male tear-jerker," a broke-down country singer (Eastwood) aims for the Grand Ole Opry during the Depression.Fri Jul 9: 4:30Wed Jul 14: 6:20 Invictus Clint Eastwood, 2009, USA; 134mMorgan Freeman becomes Nelson Mandela in this uplifting story of rugby triumph (team captain: Matt Damon) in the ashes of apartheid.Tue Jul 27: 8:40 Letters from Iwo JimaClint Eastwood, 2006, USA; 141mThe notorious island battle gets a harrowing and deeply moving retelling, elegantly structured and told through Japanese eyes.Sat Jul 24: 8:40Mon Jul 26: 8:40 Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilClint Eastwood, 1997, USA; 135mEastwood's adaptation of the Georgia-set best-seller stars John Cusack as the Gotham reporter covering local color and maybe murder. With primo Kevin Spacey.Wed Jul 21: 9:00 Million Dollar BabyClint Eastwood, 2005, USA; 132mReviving the boxing picture, Eastwood's heartbreaking father-daughter-bond story between coach (Eastwood) and scrapper (Hilary Swank) reaped Oscar gold.Sun Jul 25: 1:00 Mystic RiverClint Eastwood, 2003, USA; 137mCrimes past and present corrode the bonds between childhood Boston friends in this devastating Lehane adaptation starring Oscar-winner Sean Penn. Opening Night NYFF '03.Fri Jul 23: 6:15 The Outlaw Josey WalesClint Eastwood, 1976, USA; 135mA Missouri farmer (Eastwood) journeys to avenge his murdered wife in this nuanced consideration of community and payback.Sun Jul 11: 3:45Wed Jul 14: 1:30 Pale RiderClint Eastwood, 1985, USA; 115mBefore Unforgiven, Eastwood rode to the rescue of the Western with this stark tale of a mining monopolist laid low by guess-who.Fri Jul 9: 2:00Fri Jul 16: 6:30 A Perfect WorldClint Eastwood, 1993, USA; 130mThis soulful fugitive drama examines the bonds between an enigmatic go-it-aloner (Kevin Costner) and the boy he kidnaps.Sun Jul 11: 1:00Tue Jul 20: 1:00 Piano Blues
Clint Eastwood, 2003, USA; 85mPart of PBS's "The Blues" series, this chronicle of masters from Tatum to Brubeck testifies to Eastwood passions as composer/pianist.Tue Jul 27: 6:15 Play Misty for MeClint Eastwood, USA, 1971; 102mFor his directorial debut, Eastwood went for cracked obsession: a swinging deejay gets stalked by his number-one lady-fan. Featuring a Roberta Flack hit.WITHThe Beguiled: The StorytellerClint Eastwood, USA, 1971; 12mA rare documentary shot during the making of Don Siegel's The Beguiled.Sat Jul 10: 6:30Mon Jul 12: 2:00 The RookieClint Eastwood, 1990, USA; 121mCharlie Sheen plays the stone-faced protégé to a grizzled cop (Eastwood) determined to stop some German auto thieves and their fast, fast cars.Mon Jul 19: 4:00 & 8:50 Space CowboysClint Eastwood, 2000, USA; 129mFour silverback pilots (Eastwood, James Garner, Donald Sutherland, and Tommy Lee Jones) blast into space to save a satellite in this high-spirited adventure.Fri Jul 23: 3:45Sat Jul 24: 1:00 Sudden ImpactClint Eastwood, 1983, USA, 117mDirty Harry directs himself for the first time in a no-holds-barred pursuit of an enraged and complex serial killer (Sondra Locke).Sat Jul 17: 1:00 True CrimeClint Eastwood, 1999, USA; 127mA womanizing journalist (Eastwood) sets out to exonerate a death-row inmate (Isaiah Washington). With James Woods and Denis Leary as news editors.Wed Jul 21: 3:40Fri Jul 23: 9:00 UnforgivenClint Eastwood, 1992, USA; 130mEastwood finally won the Best Director Oscar for this devastating dissection of the mythology of violence and retribution so prominent in his films.Sun Jul 18: 3:15Mon Jul 19: 6:20 White Hunter, Black HeartClint Eastwood, 1990, USA; 114mIn a fictionalized take on the making of The African Queen, a proudly self-destructive filmmaker (Eastwood) almost derails his latest project with his brawling and big-game hunting.Sun Jul 18: 1:00
Ticket Information:Single Screening Tickets: $12 General Public/ $8 Seniors & Students/ $7 Members [$10 Affiliate]Weekday Matinee Screenings, Mon-Fri before 6pm: $9 General Public/ $6 Seniors & Students/ $5 MembersFive Film Pass: $50 General Public/ $35 Seniors & Students/ $30 MembersAll Access Pass: $129 General Public/ $109 Seniors & Students/ $99 Members In Person: Walter Reade Theater box office; Hours: Mon-Fri opens at 12:30pm, Sat/Sun opens 1/2 hr before first public screening; closes 15 minutes after last public screening, at 6pm when there are no public screenings. For more information call 212 875 5601 or visit www.Filmlinc.com Walter Reade Theater at The Film Society of Lincoln Center165 West 65th Street, upper level(between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.)Subways: 1 train to 66th Street Lincoln CenterBuses: M5 M7 M104More options available at nearby Columbus Circle
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