All posts filed under: Ciné Club

Ciné Club: Timbuktu (2015)

Seen at the Walker Art Center last winter as a part of an Abderrahmane Sissako retrospective,  we were mesmerized by this cinematographically stunning film about a group of Islamic fundamentalists taking control of the town of Timbuktu… to watch as soon as possible, on a large screen if available… Here is an article written by the Walker Art Center about Sissako: “I think for me, cinema, or to make movies, or any act of creation is the research of yourself.” —Abderrahmane Sissako In his first stop on a US tour, Oscar-nominated director Abderrahmane Sissako comes to the Walker to present this short retrospective. His films are distinguished not only by great formal beauty and poetic imagery but also by humor, profound sympathy with human suffering, and an almost philosophical inquiry into relations between West Africa and the rest of the world. Although officially labelled a Mauritanian director, Sissako made films in Russia, Tunisia, Angola, and Mali before returning to his mother’s homeland to shoot the masterful Waiting for Happiness(Mauritania, 2002). Since then, his work on films such as Bamako …

Ciné Club: Ran (1985)

To introduce this movie, here is an excerpt from an interview by Peter Grilli from a wonderful book on Kurosawa: Perspectives on Kurosawa edited by James Goodwin. “Kurosawa Directs a Cinematic Lear” KUROSAWA: What has always troubled me about King Lear is that Shakespeare gives his characters no past. We are plunged directly into the agonies of their present dilemmas without knowing how they came to this point. How did Lear acquire the power that, as an old man, he abuses with such disastrous effects? Without knowing his past, I have never really understood the ferocity of his daughters’ response to Lear’s feeble attempts to shed his royal power. In Ran I have tried to give Lear a history. I try to make clear that his power must rest upon a lifetime of bloodthirsty savagery. Forced to confront the consequences of his misdeeds, he is driven mad. But only by confronting his evil head-on can he transcend it and begin to struggle toward virtue. I started out to make a film about Motonari Mori, the 16th century warlord …

Ciné Club: Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Week 2 of our Ciné Club Edition! A cornerstone film of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. Utilizing an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award-nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Resnais delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish, in this moody masterwork. -Criterion Collection

Ciné Club: Le Samouraï (1967)

This week, Spring Finn & Co. blog begins a new category… in line with our deep passion for film and to be continued every Friday… Ciné Club!   First up… Le Samouraï directed by Jean-Pierre Melville “In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology—maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece Le Samouraï defines cool.” –Criterion Collection