Focus on Film
Cinecitta has started a new event together with Gerlinda Heywegen. Once a month, we will offer a live introduction to the première of a movie. This introduction will be fully in dutch.
Thursday December 6th, 7.00 pm COLD WAR
The second movie is Cold War, a film by the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski.
Shot in exquisite black and white, Pawel Pawlikowski’s (2013 Oscar-winner for Ida) searing love story begins in the late 1940s when pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), recording folk music in the Polish countryside, meets singer Zula (a riveting Joanna Kulig). In short order, they are passionately in love, and she is a star, but the whims of their Soviet masters—and the wilfulness both of them harbour within themselves—makes for a long and bumpy, if musically glorious, road forward… Pawlikowski orchestrates this intense location- and time-jumping tale (based on his own parents’ story) like a master, using the music that both brings the couple together and drives them apart as a roadmap straight to the heart of their difficult love. It is no surprise that his gorgeous film captured the Best Director prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
‘A terrific, smoky-cool love story… Cold War is a crisply controlled saga of romantic torture, glamour, forbidden border crossings and more betrayals than you can shake a black silk stocking at. To some degree, this is a rather serious movie about treacherous love in tough times. But you don’t have to hang that kind of weight on its shoulders to enjoy it…’—Stephanie Zacharek, Time
Thursday January 3th, 7:00 pm LOS VERSOS DEL OLVIDO
from Iranian director Alizera Khatami.
At a crumbling cemetery in an unnamed Spanish-speaking country (actually Chile), an aged caretaker (the magnificent Spanish actor Juan Margallo) goes about his business even as a military dictatorship occupies his town and starts ‘disappearing’ local resistors. One day, he decides to take a stand of sorts by insisting on giving a proper burial to a murdered local. This bare-bones plot summary cannot even hint at the marvellously cinematic and deeply humanistic treatment that first-time Iranian director Alireza Khatami, who has worked with Asghar Farhadi, brings to bear on this moving tale. The words ‘magic realist’ are too-often used when describing films that stray from the traditional realist path, but they are very apt here. Whether it’s in a vision of a whale in the sky or an image of a giant stone hand buried in the desert, Khatami’s film builds a world that is both mesmerizing and affecting. It comes as no surprise to learn the film (known in English as Oblivion Verses) won four awards, including Best Screenplay, at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.
‘In this beautiful and strange first film… there are multiple explanations for each moment of dreamlike symbolism, and the peculiar and lovely thing is that almost all of them are equally satisfying… Khatami crossbreeds the humanism of his Iranian cinematic heritage… with a distinctly Latin magic realism, which infuses [the film] with an offbeat sense of humour… The lovely, sad Oblivion Verses [is] an immersive, evocative pleasure.’—Jessica Kiang, Variety