• [The Daily] Il Cinema Ritrovato Preview and More

    By David Hudson

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    The thirty-second edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato will run in Bologna from June 23 through July 1, and directors Gian Luca Farinelli, Mariann Lewinsky, Cecilia Cenciarelli, and Ehsan Khoshbakht have sent out a sneak peek of what’s in store:

    • Portrait of Marcello Mastroianni, a program of eight titles
    • William Fox Presents: Rediscoveries from the Fox Film Corporation, including rare films by John Ford, Henry King, and Raoul Walsh, plus a new digital transfer of Frank Borzage’s 7th Heaven (1927) with a new original score performed live
    • Luciano Emmer 100: The Art of Gazing, a survey of work by the “pink neorealist”
    • Immortal Imitations: The Cinema of John M. Stahl, a “master of melodrama, and one of American cinema’s unsung auteurs”
    • Arrigo Fruta and the Writing Workshop, “a kaleidoscopic view of Italian silent film”
    • The Woman with the Kinamo: Ella Bergman-Michel, the abstract artist, photographer, and documentary filmmaker
    • Song of Naples. Tribute to Elvira Notari and Vittorio Martinelli
    • The Rebirth of Chinese Cinema after the War (Changchun, Shanghai, Hong Kong 1946-1950)
    • Second Utopia: 1934, The Golden Age of Soviet Sound Film
    • Yilmaz Güney, Despairs of Hope
    • Marcello Pagliero, the Italian of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
    • Cécile Decugis, editor and filmmaker

    Plus, the Il Cinema Ritrovato classic programs Recovered & Restored, 1898: Year Three of Cinematography, One Hundred years Ago: 1918, In Search of Color, Documents and Documentaries, The Keaton Project, Around The World Cinema Project, Il Cinema Ritrovato Kids, the fifteenth edition of the Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards—and more.

    New York. “The techniques and styles of American independent filmmaking owe much to the work of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin, which gets a one-day retrospective at Metrograph on April 8, the centenary of Engel’s birth (he died in 2005),” writes Richard Brody in the New Yorker. “In 1952, Engel and Orkin, who worked as photographers, co-directed, with their friend Ray Ashley, the vastly influential independent film Little Fugitive; they married during the course of its production. Despite its acclaim (the filmmakers received an Oscar nomination for the story, and the film was later cited by François Truffaut as an inspiration for the French New Wave), the couple had trouble finding money for their second film, Lovers and Lollipops. Engel also struggled to finance the 1958 feature Weddings and Babies, which he made without Orkin’s participation (she had returned to still photography), and which dramatizes the difficulties faced by a couple planning to marry and make independent films. It’s a seminal entry in the now-familiar genre of an aspiring filmmaker’s first-person story.”

    From Sunday through July 15, 80 Washington Square East and Anthology Film Archives will present films and videos by Harun Farocki. “His work, often graceful in its observations, was never far from the injury of our world.”

    For the New York Times, Ben Kenigsberg previews four series:

    Kino! 2018 Festival of German Films opens today with In Times of Fading Light. “Set in 1989 just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Matti Geschonneck’s film surveys how three generations of the same family are splintered by political uncertainty,” writes Ed Gonzalez in the Village Voice. Nicolas Wackerbarth’s “wildly entertaining” Casting, about the making of a remake of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), is “striking not only for transposing the barbarous power plays of the Fassbinder classic to the world of film and TV production in appropriately dense, note-perfect fashion, but also for doing so with an ambience that’s as loose-limbed as that of Fassbinder’s Beware a Holy Whore, another hangout movie that was also about the making of one.”

    Los Angeles. Locarno in Los Angeles is on through Sunday.

    Tomorrow, Kino Slang will present Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s Love’s Berry (1926), Marie Seton, Sergei Eisenstein, and Grigory Aleksandrov’s Time in the Sun (1939) and Santiago Alvarez’s Cerro Pelado (1966) at the Echo Park Film Center.

    Chicago. DOC10 is on through Sunday.

    The Chicago Latino Film Festival is on through April 19, and the Reader has posted a round of capsule previews.

    Also, Andrea Gronvall: “Actors of Asian descent have long been underrepresented in mainstream American movies, but indies help pick up the slack, as evidenced by the Gene Siskel Film Center’s long-running Asian American Showcase.” Today through April 18.

    Washington, D.C. Avant-Garde to Underground: Outliers and Film, Part Two opens tomorrow at the National Gallery of Art and runs through May 13 in conjunction with the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art, also on view through May 13. The film series “features screenings and discussions with a range of self-styled underground filmmakers in person, including the fabled found footage pioneer Craig Baldwin, documentarian Marco Williams, artist Vanessa Renwick, and filmmaker James Benning in conversation with Outliers exhibition curator Lynne Cooke, among other guests.”

    Cambridge. On Sunday, the Harvard Film Archive will present Rigoberto Perezcano’s Carmín Tropical (2014) as part of Looking Out for the Queer in Latin American Film and Video Art.

    Durham. Women and Hollywood has questions for Alison McAlpine, whose Cielo screens tomorrow as part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival running through Sunday.

    Cannes. Not long after I posted yesterday’s round, opening with the Cannes Film Festival’s confirmation that Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows will be opening the seventy-first edition (May 8 through 19) and with speculation as to what other films might make the lineup, Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. reported that he’d heard that Solo: A Star Wars Story will see its premiere there as a special screening. “The Ron Howard-directed origin story stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford. Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian, and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton also star.” Today, Cannes has confirmed that it’ll be screening Out of Competition.

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