Goings On: Ozu, Ossang, and More

We begin with news from the two big festivals of April. SFFILM has now completed the lineup of for this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, running from April 4 through 17 in theaters throughout the Bay Area. 183 films in all, sixty-six of them directed by women. Special live events include Blonde Redhead performing live with Yasujiro Ozu’s I Was Born, But . . . (1932; image above), A Thousand Thoughts – A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet, and A Celebration of Oddball Films with Marc Capelle’s Red Room Orchestra. Guy Maddin will deliver the 2018 State of Cinema Address.

New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, whose 2018 edition runs from April 18 through 29, has announced its lineup of fifty-five “diverse and engaging titles selected for our short films competition.”

More Goings On

New York. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s five-part mini-series Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (1972–73) begins its first-ever theatrical run in the U.S. today at Film Forum. We’ve gathered quotes from and links to reviews here, where you can watch the new trailer.

“Grimly dystopian yet bursting with cinematic brio, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men (2006) is a film that, set in 2027, feels like the present day—only more so,” writes J. Hoberman in the New York Times. Screens Friday and Saturday at midnight at the IFC Center “in a good 35-millimeter print.”

“You can trace a vital change in Hollywood filmmaking and American culture itself through the Seventies films of Burt Reynolds,” suggests Alan Scherstuhl in the Village Voice. The Metrograph will present five of his films from today through Sunday.

Ongoing: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema runs through Sunday at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. And Pacino’s Way, the retrospective at the Quad, is on through March 30.

Toronto. “It’s ironic that the late Abbas Kiarostami, the most internationally renowned and celebrated Iranian filmmaker, was (and in some ways still is) a controversial figure in his own country,” writes Azadeh Jafari for the TIFF Review, “and it is all the more ironic that this artist whose films were so influenced by Persian culture, art and poetry has frequently been labelled an ‘exotic’ filmmaker by Iranian critics.” And “it was not until his sad death last year that the Iranian film critical establishment widely acknowledged his achievements and recognized his unique place in the national pantheon of filmmakers.” Tomorrow and Friday, TIFF Cinematheque will present Kiarostami’s final film, 24 Frames, followed on Tuesday with his tribute to Ozu, Five (2003).

Paris. From Saturday through Monday, the Cinémathèque française will present work by F. J. Ossang.

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