We begin in France, albeit in the corner of the country almost directly opposite to Cannes—Nantes, where, starting tomorrow, 60 photomontages by Mark Rappaport will be on view for a few days as part of the city’s literature festival. Mark will also be taking part in Saturday’s roundtable discussion of the “Myth of Hollywood.” Meantime, there’ve been no new developments in his standoff with Boston University professor Ray Carney, even though the evidence keeps piling up against Carney. Jon Jost‘s posted the latest batch.
Edinburgh. Bong Joon-ho will chair the International Feature Film Competition Jury at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 19 through 30). Joining him will be actress Natalie Dormer and film critic Siobhan Synnot. And there’ll be two country focuses: Korea and Sweden. The full program‘s been announced, showcasing 146 features from 53 countries.
New York. The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema have announced that Jay Chou’s “martial arts/romance/musical” The Rooftop will close this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, running from June 28 through July 15. The first round of 22 titles includes Sion Sono and Tokyo GAGAGA’s Bad Film, Hideo Nakata’s The Complex, Nattawat Poonpiriya’s Countdown, and Takashi Miike’s Lesson of the Evil.
“With the now-global brand of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, behind it, the [Brooklyn Film Festival] is achieving an increasingly high visibility,” writes Zachary Wigon in the Voice. “Neither a haven for alterna-flicks nor exclusively a site for Indiewood (though both feature prominently), the festival is rather a mélange that, like the neighborhood in which it’s found, seems bent on catering to a wide array of tastes.” Tomorrow through June 9.
Tomorrow evening, David Phelps introduces a screening of Raoul Walsh‘s Pursued (1947) at the Rubin Museum of Art: “This indisputably finest of ‘noir-Westerns’ sets its dark storyline under cinematographer James Wong Howe’s oppressive clouds and menacing cliffs. Less Freudian psychodrama than fated family tragedy, Pursued revolves around the great brooding performance of Robert Mitchum, haunted by an obscure childhood nightmare of flashing spurs and gunshots.”
Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt has just opened at Film Forum. Here in Keyframe, David Ehrenstein‘s called it “not simply an intelligent piece of filmmaking—it’s a film about intelligence itself.” Look for more reviews at Critics Round Up.
San Francisco. The Silent Film Festival‘s announced the program for its 18th edition (July 18 through 21), and Meredith Brody can’t wait.
Austin. In the Chronicle, Monica Riese introduces a special package on the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series, featuring more than 125 films over three and a half months.
London. Word from Phaidon: “For his London gallery debut, Psycho Nacirema, a large-scale installation with videos, at Pace Gallery, he’s recreating Psycho’s Bates Motel, under the guidance of Douglas Gordon, whose own take on Hitchcock’s classic, 24 Hour Psycho, slowing down the film to a day-long run, proved the lauded Scottish artist’s breakthrough work.”
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