october 2020, arsenal cinema

Film Restored. The Film Heritage Festival

Though the fifth edition of the Film Restored Film Heritage Festival can only take place under restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 21 film programs from over 15 countries can still be seen on the big screen, all of which were produced, handed down and restored thanks to European cooperation. This year’s festival, titled “A European Affair,” is dedicated to the meaningful contribution of cross-border cooperation in the archiving and restoration of film heritage. To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, four films will be presented that deal with this turning point in European history. The film program will be supplemented by workshop presentations, talks and panel discussions.

october 2020, arsenal cinema

Walk on the Wild Side – The Films of Bertrand Bonello

Bertrand Bonello (*1968) is a central figure of contemporary French cinema and internationally known as an unconventional maker of auteur films. His films tell of pornography, prostitution, fashion, terror, decadence, failed utopias, youthful rebellion – and of filmmaking. They take a wide variety of forms: relationship drama, period picture, portrait, thriller, concert documentary, zombie movie. Again and again, Bonello reinvents himself and surprises from film to film, never tying himself down, leaving behind the tried and true in favor of seeking contrast and taking risks. An overview of his widely differing films nonetheless reveals a cohesive oeuvre. A trained musician, Bonello not only writes and directs, he also creates the scores for each his films. Music plays an immense role in all of his works, and is often used anachronistically. On the narrative level, there are repeated jumps in time, between past and present and between parts of a story, or in the achronological arrangement of scenes. His frequent use of split screens also testifies to an unusual handling of temporality and brings with it an impressive aesthetic effect, as does the recurring insertion of dates in the image. Narratively, an interest in the unfathomable in people and relationships can be recognized in his films, as well as an increasing affinity for genre cinema, both of which can result in disturbing elements at times. The fact that his films often depict a closed world or hermetic places, if not situated fully indoors like a chamber drama, does not mean that the outside is irrelevant; on the contrary, social conditions are always negotiated. All of this is done with great elegance.

 

Arsenal will show a retrospective of nine feature-length and six short films made by Bonello between 1998 and 2020, including a short made during the recent pandemic lockdown titled OÙ EN ÊTES-VOUS? NUMÉRO 2. Bonello himself also appears in a role in Antoine Barraud’s LE DOS ROUGE. Due to travel restrictions, Bertrand Bonello won't be able to join the opening weekend in person. Instead Q&As will be held via skype after both screenings.

june 2020, arsenal cinema

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