Goings On: Garbo, Assayas, and More

On Film / The Daily — Feb 28, 2018

New York. Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema opens tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and runs through Sunday. Writing for the Notebook, Ela Bittencourt points out that “a number of films stand out for either their carefully crafted characters and attention to social context or for their formal playfulness.” And she writes about Anahí Berneri’s Alanis, Alejo Moguillansky's The Little Match Girl, Niles Atallah’s Rey, and Pablo Escoto’s Ruinas tu reino.

Robert Smithson called Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street (1945) “the best and most tragic artist movie ever made,” notes Elisa Wouk Almino at Hyperallergic. On Sunday at the Metrograph, artist Amy Sillman will introduce a screening “with personal, painterly insights of her own. She will also be signing copies of her new book, The ALL-OVER, which surveys her large-scale abstractions, animations, and more.”

On Friday, Filmmakers Coop presents work by Phil Weisman, co-founder of the Collective for Living Cinema.

Los Angeles. “Founded by curator Erin Christovale and filmmaker Amir George, Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of short experimental films, video art, and new media that aims to expand the boundaries that have historically limited people of color in cinema,” writes Matt Stromberg at Hyperallergic. “This year’s program, titled Fugitive Trajectories and curated by Jheanelle Brown and Darol Olu Kae, looks at ways in which black people cope with and overcome historical and contemporary traumas.” This free program will be presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art tomorrow evening.

Vivienne Dick will be at REDCAT on Monday to present a program of her work.

“According to Oscar-winning Doctor Dolittle composer/writer Leslie Bricusse, the 1967 musical fantasy was initially conceived as a reunion of the My Fair Lady Broadway team: star Rex Harrison, lyricist and book writer Alan Jay Lerner, composer Frederick Loewe, and director Moss Hart.” Susan King previews Saturday’s presentation of a new 4K restoration at the Aero Theatre, which will be followed by a discussion with Bricusse and actress Samantha Eggar.

Portland. Starting Friday, and throughout the weekend, the Portland International Film Festival will present a selection of encore screenings.

Austin. Starting Sunday, the Film Society will spotlight the work of Olivier Assayas, who’ll be on hand for the premiere of Janus Films’ new restoration of Cold Water (1994). “The director will also be present at the screenings of Something in the Air [2012] and Paris Awakens [1991].”

London. On Sunday, Carl Davis will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra as his own scores accompany screenings of Fred Niblo’s The Mysterious Lady (1928) with Greta Garbo and the only surviving reel of The Divine Woman (1928). The former is “one of my favorite Hollywood romances,” writes Pamela Hutchinson, “filled with glamour, lavish sets and smoldering passion from the two sultry leads,” Garbo and Conrad Nagel. The Divine Woman is “a drama based loosely on the life of Sarah Bernhardt and directed by Victor Sjöström.”

Edge of Frame Weekend 2018, a “three-day celebration of experimental animation,” happens from Friday through Sunday at various locations.

And on Friday, Close-Up will present Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise (1967).

On Sunday at the London Review Bookshop, Gareth Evans will host a screening of Maria Saakyan’s “elegiac, semi-autobiographical drama” The Lighthouse (2006), followed by a discussion with Second Run DVD founder and director Mehelli Modi and So Mayer, author of Political Animals: the New Feminist Cinema.

Paris. Cinéma du réel has announced the competition lineups for its 2018 edition, running from March 23 through April 1 and featuring work by, among others, Jean-Marie Straub, Deborah Stratman, James Benning, Corneliu Porumboiu, Karim Aïnouz, and Heinz Emigholz.

Hong Kong. The Hong Kong International Film Festival, whose 2018 edition will run from March 19 through April 5, “will host two debut features, drama Omotenashi by Jay Chern, and mystery Xiao Mei by Maren Hwang as its opening gala titles,” reports Patrick Frater for Variety. “Christian Petzold’s recent Berlin competition title Transit will play as the HKIFF’s awards gala film. And the festival will close with veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada’s What A Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life.

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