It’d be a very quiet weekend indeed if La Furia Umana hadn’t just announced that its new issue is now out on paper. Issue 13 features special sections on Leo McCarey, Paul Vecchiali, Jean-Claude Rousseau, and José Luis Guerín as well as over a dozen other articles and essays.
In other news. The awards are back at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Among those presented this weekend: The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film goes to Penny Woolcock for One Mile Away, while the Award for Best Film in the International Feature Competition goes to Mao Mao for Here, Then. The full list.
“In February the Library of Congress and the French Institut National de l’Audiovisuel announced their plan to exchange some 500 hours of digitized film and television footage over the next three years,” reports Kristin Hohenadel in the New York Times. “This swap, between the French archive and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, will focus on how each country portrays the other in TV news, documentaries, travelogues, educational and even home movies dating to the early days of film.”
Vancouver. The Late, Great Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982): 17 Films is on at the Pacific Cinémathèque through August 13.
New York. “VHS—short for Video Home System—set off a revolution in consumer entertainment when it was first introduced by JVC in 1976,” writes Erik Piepenburg in the NYT. “It came down to convenience: Who needs a theater when a VCR turned every home into a cineplex? The era is explored in a retrospective, simply called VHS, running through Aug. 19 at the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle. Far from an exhaustive survey, the series mostly consists of screenings of low-budget works like [Todd Haynes’s] Superstar that demonstrate how VHS upended the system of making, sharing and consuming moving pictures.”