Cinephile

Chris Marker | 
France |
 1993 | 
116 minutes

Chris Marker’s expansive, nay, insanely encompassing portrait of his friend and colleague, Aleksandr Ivanovich Medvedkin begins with Medvedkin assailing the screen and stating: “Chris, you lazy bastard, why don’t you ever write to me, send me a letter, even that short...” So begins this epistolary film, composed of six different letters, each corresponding to a period of Medvedkin’s life and work. The film is Marker’s post-mortem answer (and tribute).

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1999 | 
55 minutes

Two of Chris Marker’s remarkable film portraits, including his masterful and deeply personal analysis of the work of Andrei Tarkovsky. Edited some twelve years after Tarkovsky’s death for the collection Cinéma, de notre temps (Cinema of Our Times), Une Journée d’Andrei Arsenevitch (One Day In The Life Of Andrei Arsenevich) is an extraordinary love letter from one filmmaker to another, and a memento mori of the most profound kind.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 3:30pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1977 | 
180 minutes

Here is Chris Marker’s magnum opus in all its ferocious intelligence and scale Originally released in 1977, and reedited in 1996, the rise and fall of the Left is ostensibly Marker’s subject, the great political revolutions of the 60s and 70s, totemic figures like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, composed like a heaving orchestra of archival material, demonstrations, occupations, and blood in the streets.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 5:00pm
Claire Simon  | 
France |
 2016 | 
119 minutes

The title, translated as “the entrance exam,” is an in-depth and intimate look at the students looking to gain a place in La Fémis, one of the most famous and prestigious film schools in the world (Simon herself was the Head of Directing Studies).  As the budding cinéastes struggle to find a place, the narrative spends a good deal of time with their interlocutors, pulling back the curtain to reveal the depth of seriousness and care that is extended to the students.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:00pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1989 | 
80 minutes

The legendary 13-part series, commissioned by Arte and the Onassis Foundation (that kept Marker’s work unavailable for twenty years), alights at DOXA in its first three episodes Interviews were filmed in Tbilisi, Athens, Paris, Berkeley, and Tokyo. The cast of character is equally expansive with composers, filmmakers, philosophers, and friends including Iannis Xenakis, Michel Serres, Cornelius Castoriadis, George Steiner, Oswyn Murray, Michel Jobert, and Elia Kazan. But what is most startling are the ideas examined.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 4:30pm
Cara Cusumano  | 
US |
 2017 | 
7 minutes

Underwater hydrophones have detected an ultra low-frequency sound emanating from a point 1,500 miles off the coast of Chile. No one can explain it. Scientists have dubbed it “the bloop.” Cara Cusumano’s eerily beautiful film explores the mysteries that lie beneath the ocean’s surface. -JC

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:15pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:45pm
Koldo Almandoz | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
67 minutes

Moving between past and present, Ghost Ship takes the viewer on a circuitous voyage from Oscar Wilde and Florence Balcombe to F.W. Murnau and a Portuguese party boat — discovering the history of blood science, film tinting, and the cruise ship industry along the way.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:15pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:45pm
Aaron Zeghers | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
13 minutes

A shorthand study of the mythology of numbers from 1 to 12, where scientific tradition is adopted, and then eschewed for rumours, legends and defunct theories from across the ages. Just like Hans Richter nearly 100 years ago, we discover that everything turns, everything revolves and everything feels the deep score of time. -SC

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Kandis Friesen | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
37 minutes

Katyusha: Rocket Launchers, Folk Songs and Ethnographic Refrains focuses on the role of song as cultural form, following the Soviet war-time hit song Katyusha, the rocket launcher that subsequently took on its name, and the tragic life of the secretly Mennonite Soviet pop star Anna German, who recorded an immensely popular version of the song in 1962. 

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon | 
France |
 2001 | 
42 minutes

A portrait of photographer Denise Bellon, who pioneered the art of photojournalism, Remembrance of Things to Come is bookended by two Surrealist exhibitions (1938 and 1947). Or, as Marker terms them: “Two small Islands of strangeness, as between two hands.” Circuitous and discursive, the narrative is pinned in place by Bellon’s extraordinary eye.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 3:30pm