DAILY | Goings On | Pasolini, Jerry Lewis, and More

Cannes may be two-and-a-half months away, but that’s not stopping Neil Young from speculating not only about which films may make the lineup, but also about which of these stand the greatest chance of scoring the Palme d’Or.


Pier Paolo Pasolini

Meantime, SXSW is less than a week away now, opening in Austin on Friday. The schedule‘s up, and it’s terrifically interactive and all, but sometimes you just want a simple grid mapping out the screenings on paper. Thanks to the Austin Chronicle‘s PDF, we’ve got one now.

Big announcement from the Telluride Film Festival: For the 40th anniversary edition, there’ll be an extra day (i.e., the fest’ll run five days instead of the usual four, from August 29 through September 2) and an extra venue, the new 650-seat Werner Herzog Theatre.

London. “Nearly 40 years after his death, Pasolini is ripe for reappraisal,” writes Ian Thomson in the Guardian. The BFI’s Pier Paolo Pasolini season, on now through the end of April, is “the largest ever mounted in the UK. Accattone (1961), Pasolini’s debut, is a good place to start. It remains one of the great works of postwar Italian cinema, a film whose poetic realism influenced Martin Scorsese as well as the young Bernardo Bertolucci, at that time Pasolini’s cameraman.”

The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw especially recommends The Gospel According to Matthew (1964), Pasolini’s “fierce magnesium flame of a movie.” More from Tom Huddleston in Time Out and David Jenkins in Little White Lies. Related viewing at Open Culture: Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (1981), an hour-long Dutch doc on Pasolini.

New York. The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that its 12th edition will open on April 17 with “the world premiere of Mistaken for Strangers, a film that follows the personal journey of Tom Berninger (who doubles as the director and subject) as he goes on tour with his older brother, Matt Berninger, the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based band, The National.”

“Now in its 10th year, the CineKink NYC film festival, which runs until 3 March in Manhattan, was set up to encourage the positive depiction of sexuality and kink in film and television,” writes Zoe Margolis in the Guardian. “It’s refreshing to find an event which is not just sex-positive but actually celebrates the idea that sexuality and desire are things to be enjoyed, and as well as being founded by a woman, also features plenty of female contributors behind the scenes, not just naked onscreen.”

“Showcasing about 100 titles from 35 countries,” notes Laurel Graeber in the Times, the New York International Children’s Film Festival, on through March 24, “takes young audiences on a radical journey: away from superhero spectacles and good-versus-evil showdowns and into a world of character-driven stories, painterly animation and resolutions that aren’t always tidy.”

Los Angeles. Starting tomorrow, Cinefamily will be celebrating Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker throughout the rest of the month: “Almost no talents outside of the silent era could claim as much total authorship of a film as Jerry Lewis did at the peak of his powers—as a director/producer/writer/star, he oversaw almost every aspect of production, from beginning to end. He was a genius of physical space, both as a performer, and as choreographer of the most incredibly controlled, elaborate set pieces of color and movement in Hollywood’s golden era.”

Also on throughout March is the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Festival of Preservation. Kenneth Turan in the Times: “It’s too bad the concept of preservation has such a musty sound, because what it means in practice is that today’s audiences can experience the most unusual, the most entertaining and exciting treasures from the entire range of cinema’s past, all brought back to life by the archive’s team of crack preservationists.”

Guadalajara 2013

Guadalajara 2013

San Francisco. On May 7, Mike Patton and three percussionists will premiere their new original score for Paul Leni‘s expressionist classic Waxworks (1924)—live, as part of the International Film Festival, running April 25 through May 9.

Hollywood Before the Code: Deeper, Darker, Nastier!! is on at the Roxie through Thursday, and here in Keyframe, Michael Guillén interviews programmer Elliot Lavine.

Chicago. The 16th European Union Festival is on through March 28, and the Reader recommends in particular Radu Jude’s Everybody in Our Family, Miguel Gomes‘s Tabu, and Julien Pölsler’s The Wall.

Cambridge. Film = Activism. The Revolutionary Underground Cinema of Masao Adachi runs at the Harvard Film Archive through Monday and the Phoenix‘s Peter Keough recommends catching what you can.

Miami. At In Contention, Guy Lodge files a first dispatch from the International Film Festival, on through March 10.

Guadalajara. The International Film Festival runs through March 9.

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