THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT
Producer: NOBUHIRO SUWA
FRANCE — JAPAN / 2017 / 103 MIN. / COLOR / 5.1
South of France. Present day. Jean, an actor caught up in the past, learns that his current film shoot is unexpectedly suspended for an indefinite period. He takes this opportunity to visit an old friend and settles, clandestinely, into an abandoned house where it happened that Juliette, the great love of his life, once lived. A group of young friends, novice filmmakers, stumble upon the same house and decide it’s the perfect location for their next home-made horror movie. Jean and the kids will meet face to face, sooner or later. This time Jean-Pierre Léaud, the face of the French New Wave, Truffaut and Godard’s main actor, did not merely play the lead but became a co-author of the movie. Working in France, Nobuhiro Suwa very carefully tackles the Gaelic poetic tradition, populating his film with ghosts, but he does not renounce his Japanese origin either. Such a combination yields and incredible result: we are witnessing something like live-action anime. It is a movie about death bathed in sunshine, it is also about the joy of joint creative work, the pure and irresponsible pleasure of making a movie, which means the pleasure of living.
Producer: JEAN-CLAUDE BRISSEAU
FRANCE / 2017 / 97 MIN. / COLOR / DOLBY SR
Camille, a beautiful forty-year-old woman, finds a mobile phone that Suzy lost in a station. When Suzy calls her own number, they arrange to meet at Camille’s place so that Suzy can get her phone back. During this encounter, Suzy also meets Clara, Camille’s girlfriend. But they are interrupted by Fabrice, Suzy’s rejected lover, who is drunk and tries to take Suzy back to his place. While Clara takes Suzy to hide in the apartment above theirs, where “Tonton”, a strange old man with a love of yoga, lives, Camille tries to calm down Fabrice. Little by little she consoles him. This is when strange interactions start to occur: Camille becomes passionately involved with Fabrice, while Tonton initiates Suzy into meditation and levitation. Little by little, everyone finds their own path toward happiness, their own place in the game of feelings. For many years Jean-Claude Brisseau, a pupil of Éric Rohmer, has been writing an erotic and philosophical treatise. He has invented a fantasy world where the lure of the mysterious, the passion for the exact sciences and the love of literature coexist side by side. According to Brisseau the advances of science do not contradict the idea of the mystic content of the world. His cinema is defined by poetry, stars, eternity. It comes as no surprise that the new movie opens with a quote from Pushkin’s “Demons”.
THE SHINING WILL COME TUMBLING DOWN The last concert of “Grazhdanskaya Oborona” (Civil Defense)
Producer: NATALIA CHUMAKOVA
RUSSIA / 2017 / 102 MIN. / COLOR
February 19, 2018 marked 10 years after the death of Yegor Letov, the founder and leader of the Russian rock band “Grazhdanskaya Oborona” (Civil Defense). On this day the foundation “Siyanie” (Shining) and the company Beat Films distributed the film-concert “The Shining will Come Tumbling Down” all over Russia. It was in every way the last concert of “Civil Defense” which took place February 9, 2008, in Yekaterinburg. It was shot almost by accident. End of 2017 the material was re-edited into a film with professional sound-mix by one of the leading independent Moscow studios Cosmosfilm and Letov’s widow Natalia Chumakova. As a result, they managed to achieve the effect of full presence, so that the audience could feel like on a real concert of the legendary band.
Producer: LUCRECIA MARTEL
ARGENTINA — BRAZIL — SPAIN — FRANCE — THE NETHERLANDS — MEXICO — PORTUGAL — USA / 2017 / 115 MIN. / COLOR / 5.1
Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. “Zama”, produced by Pedro Almodovar and Gael García Bernal, is a screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Argentine avant-garde novelist Antonio di Benedetto. The author is usually compared with Samuel Beckett. This is the most unusual film of the last Venice Film Festival, shooting of which lasted for nine years and itself resembles the wanderings of the protagonist. Here people and animals, years and countries, memories and visions are mixed up. ”Zama” looks like a feverish dream and has become a final chapter of the cinephile branch of the cinema of zero years.