Three movies from the past year that demand to be seen at midnight!
Eisenstein in Guanajuato
2015 (Netherlands/Mexico/Finland/ Belgium), 105’, DCP
Directed by Peter Greenaway
In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film to be titled ¡Que viva México!. Freshly rejected by Hollywood and under increasing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, Eisenstein arrives at the city of Guanajuato. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo, he vulnerably experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, sex and death, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.
2014 (Greece), 74’, DCP
Directed by Yannis Veslemes
Photophobic Zano arrives in the big city for the very first time. The year is 1984 and Athens beckons. A vampire and a fine dancer, Zano quickly gets devoured by the dark underbelly of the capital city. All he really wants is a “warm” girl. Strung out and down and out, he ends up at disco Zardoz, a hive of scum and villainy, where he meets Alice, a prostitute, and Peter, a Norwegian drug dealer. Lured into their shady shenanigans, the three of them will traverse mountains and descend into the core of the earth, all the way to the Kingdom of Mathousalas.
Remake, Remix, Rip-off
2014 (Turkey), 96’, DCP
Directed by Cem Kaya
Turkish filmmaking goes through a golden age during the 60s and 70s, producing as much as the strongest film industries of the time. The need to fulfil the viewers’ expectations leads to a creative burnout and audiences get tired of watching the same stories over and over. Sometimes great problems lead to the best solutions, and Turkish filmmakers find a brilliant way to reinvent themselves – to copy frame by frame Hollywood’s big hits.