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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:49 am
by arsaib4
I've seen a few of these films. I'll respond as soon as I have some free time.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:50 am
by arsaib4
Honor de Cavalleria is a minimalist, contemplative gem in the recent tradition of Blissfully Yours (a few classics also come to mind but I'd rather not mention them at this point). In order to watch it, one doesn't need to be familiar with Miguel de Cervantes' monumental "Don Quixote," the novel this film primarily borrows its outline from, because "nothing happens." Quixote and Sancho simply travel across the vast Catalan landscape, long enough to allow for various existential /spiritual/ mythological readings. (Expect walkouts!)

En la puta vida is/was a popular Uruguayan effort which made the festival rounds a few years ago. It's intermittently engaging but doesn't do a good job of avoiding the clichs that go along with films that deal with prostitution. Good performance by the lead, though.

Crimen ferpecto has an interesting premise (fate alligns a hotshot salesman with an unattractive co-worker) but the film doesn't exploit it to the fullest. I don't feel strongly about El Aura one way or the other. Same was the case with Nine Queens, the debut feature of late Argentinean filmmaker, Fabin Bielinsky.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:24 am
by trevor826
Honor de Cavalleria sounds like a definite then, unlike the mainstream multiplex cinemas you rarely get walk-outs at the Chapter. With the majority of the audience at the matinee performances being 65+ you are far more likely to suffer the odd bout of snoring.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 5:08 pm
by arsaib4
Quite impressed by Polley's debut feature, Away from Her. Nuanced, complex, thoughtful, much like many of her performances. Great work by the cast she's assembled, especially Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 6:14 pm
by trevor826
That's good to hear, I had it marked as a maybe but I'll try and make it a definite now. I'm surprised nobody has seen The Caiman yet.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 3:49 am
by arsaib4
Hasn't there been a Singapore Italian Film Festival?

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 12:25 pm
by A
Yes, you should definitely watch Polley's Away from Her, possibly with your wife (and family). I think it will be a unique experience.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 5:50 pm
by trevor826
It's hard enough getting any of my sons to trudge the 3.5 miles to the Chapter (especially when they know they've got the same walk back ), I don't think my wife would ever go there. The last time we walked anywhere near that distance she moaned about her legs acheing for days.

Cheers Trev

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 6:59 pm
by trevor826
Thank's to me catching a cold, three tickets went to waste:

The Caiman (Il Caimano) (2006) Dir Nanni Moretti
Honor de la Cavalleria (2006) Dir Albert Serra
Fresh Air (Friss leveg) (2006) Dir gnes Kocsis

Not too bothered about The Caiman as I'm sure it'll get a dvd release soon but pretty pissed about the other two.

Nothing for a week or so now so I'll catch up on delayed reviews.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 3:23 am
by arsaib4
Sorry to hear that. It would've been nice to discuss Cavalleria. Hopefully, it'll catch the eye of a distributor down the line.