November 26, 2008

Fests and events, 11/26.

Il Posto Max Goldberg previews Moments of Truth: Italian Cinema Classics for the San Francisco Bay Guardian: "Realism is often used as a cover to smuggle ideological biases into narrative, but a movie like Open City (1945) still draws a bracing connection between an economy of means and a strong moral imperative.... Among the PFA's selection, I dote most on Il Posto (1961), an ethnography of adolescence that summons vast stores of quotidian melancholy from a backdrop of workaday drudgery." Saturday through December 21.

Roman Polanski has made quite a splash at the Turin Film Festival, reports Neil Smith for the BBC.

"When Art, Sexuality and Religion Collide, What is the Role of a Film Festival?" AJ Schnack comments on the Prop 8 fallout.

Urgh! A Music War "BAMcinématek's Punk 'n' Pie series is more a study in late-20th-century Brit dandyism than rawk, but anyone interested in pop history will learn something from music-video director Derek Burbidge's Urgh! A Music War (screening on November 29)." Nick Pinkerton in the Voice. More from Steve Dollar.

"Cairo may well be a jumble of contrasts, as the old cliche has it, or it could be a comfortable sum of its many parts - I wouldn't know," concedes Paul MacInnes in the Guardian. "It's a conurbation of up to 20 million people and, as such, it might take more than a flying visit to the banks of the Nile to work it out. What I can say, though, is that the Cairo international film festival (CIFF) and the films it showcases seem to render uncannily the awkward gap between cinema and the real world it hopes to represent."

"This weekend, I attended two out of three Frisco programs put together by experimental film writer/teacher/interviewer/programmer extraordinaire Scott MacDonald, in town for the first time since the publication of his book Canyon Cinema: the Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor." Brian Darr: "He proved to be, not unexpectedly, a very affable, approachable, and of course knowledgeable guest host at the 9th Street Independent Film Center where the legendary film distributor's Canyon Cinema's offices are currently located, and where the first two screenings were held."

Online listening tip. "The Wexner Center's Chris Stults and Dionne Custer discuss the upcoming Zoom: Family Film Festival."

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Posted by dwhudson at November 26, 2008 7:33 AM