THE MISSING PICTURE
Directed by Rithy Panh
Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 26, 4 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 27, 2 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members and seniors; $5 students)
“A powerful testament to incredible human resilience.” —Time Out
The Oscar-nominated film The Missing Picture screens exclusively in the Twin Cities at the Walker Art Center April 25-27, 2014.
Phnom Penh–born director Rithy Panh moved to Paris after the Khmer Rouge forced him and his family from his home and into a labor camp in 1975. “A gripping, fascinating and visually arresting memoir” (Film.com), The Missing Picture explores his quest for a “photograph” taken between the years 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia.
Mixing together animated clay figures, archival footage, and his own narration, Panh forms a deeply haunting and personal account of the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge in an effort to uncover untold stories of the many who suffered under Pol Pot’s rule. The Missing Picture won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 2013, Cambodia/France, DCP, 95 minutes.
The First Look series is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.
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MSPIFF 3D AT WALKER
MSPIFF 3D at Walker, a presentation of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) co-presented with the Walker Art Center, reveals the complexity of the medium as artists and filmmakers take on 3D to challenge our visual perceptions by reframing staging and storytelling. These refreshing works from around the globe each made a bold foray into 3D while resisting the usual, overwhelming special effects. This Walker Cinema presentation features state-of-the-art Dolby® 3D digital technology.
Except where noted, all screenings are $12 ($10 Walker and Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul members, students, seniors.)
Wednesday, April 9: 3D Takes the Stage
FLASHBACK MEMORIES 3D
Directed by Tetsuaki Matsue
Wednesday, April 9, 6 pm
Japanese musician Goma, who brought Aboriginal didgeridoo music to the international stage, had a thriving career and an international following until he was hit by a car in 2009 and suffered traumatic brain injuries, which seriously impaired his memory. He slowly trained himself to play again and resume public performances. See Goma’s amazing story of rehabilitation and recovery through his vibrant musical performances in this one-of-a-kind 3D music documentary. 2012, DCP, 72 minutes.
CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO
Directed by Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, and Karlyn Michelson
Wednesday, April 9, 8 pm
A unique and riveting theatrical experience, Charlie Victor Romeo is a performance derived entirely from the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) transcripts of six major real-life airline emergencies. This 3D re-creation of a 1999 play (with the same title and directors) explores the tension-filled moments of actual flights. The film takes the audience inside the cockpit to experience, along with the crew, the psychology of crisis and will to live. 2013, DCP, 90 minutes.
HOUSE OF WAX
Directed by Andre de Toth
Thursday, April 10, 7:30 pm, FREE
Professor Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price) survives a fire set to his wax museum by an associate out to claim insurance money. Angry at the loss of wax figures he considers to be friends, Jarrod embarks on a vengeful journey to re-create his museum. He enlists the help of a thuggish sculptor Igor (Charles Bronson) to rebuild the enterprise from scratch but with dark and sinister intentions. House of Wax, the first color 3D feature from a major studio, received wide acclaim and popular success in 1953. A defining moment in cinema history is brought into the present by the recent restoration of this classic film in digital 3D. 1953, DCP, 88 minutes.
BEYOND THE EDGE
Directed by Leanne Pooley
Saturday, April 12, 1:30 pm
In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges. Both a classic triumph of the underdog story and a gripping, cinematic experience, Beyond the Edge is a tale of human endurance, tenacity and courage in the face of overwhelming odds. For the first time, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay’s story is on the big screen, relived using both original footage, journal writings, and dramatized re-creations of the assent in stunning 3D. 2013, DCP, 90 minutes.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenway, and Edgar Pêra
Saturday, April 12, 4 pm
Centered in the 2000-year-old Portuguese city of Guimarães, three renowned directors explore 3D and its evolution in the world of cinema. Peter Greenaway’s Just in Time is an all-consuming history lesson; Jean-Luc Godard deconstructs cinema’s relationship to perspective in Les trois désastres (The Three Disasters); and Edgar Pêra’s Cinesapiens lightens the mood with some truly wacky visual fun and over-the-top phantasmagoria. Each asks, in its own way, how 3D affects the audience and its visual perception. 2013, DCP, 70 minutes.
Fresh from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, renown for celebrating groundbreaking new voices in independent filmmaking, Walker Cinema will host a variety of screenings and guests over the first two weekends in May. Whether featuring first-time directors and non-actors or seasoned casts and crews, each film uniquely plays with elements of the dramatic genre—offering new examples of how fluidly the medium evolves. Sundance director John Cooper introduces the Walker screenings on May 2 and 3. He will also be present at the Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota Conference.
Unless otherwise noted, all films and programs are in the Walker Cinema, and tickets are $12 ($10 Walker members and seniors).
Tickets go on sale April 15 at 11 am.
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
Directed by Justin Simien
Friday, May 2, 7:30 pm
In person: Director Justin Simien, Producer Effie Brown and Sundance Director John Cooper
“Bristling with arguments about the complexities of black identity in a supposedly post-racial America, this lively and articulate campus-set comedy…heralds a fresh and funny new voice on the scene in writer-director Justin Simien.” —Justin Chang, Variety
Justin Simien’s directorial debut is a witty satire about four African American students on a university campus (shot at the University of Minnesota), where a controversy over race breaks out when a contested student election sets in motion “a plot that is full of intrigue and surprise in a mood of sly, knowing satire” (A.O. Scott, New York Times). Nothing is simply black and white in this playful portrait of race and examination of how mass culture shapes an individual’s identity. 2014, DCP, 100 minutes.
This preview screening will host the film’s cast and crew with limited additional seating.
Roadside Attractions will release Dear White People in theaters in Fall 2014.
Directed by Gillian Robespierre
Saturday, May 3, 7:30 pm
In person: Sundance Director John Cooper
“Well made and wickedly bold —James Rocchi, The Playlist
Saturday Night Live alumnus Jenny Slate plays Brooklyn comic Donna Stern who gets dumped, fired, and pregnant right before Valentine’s Day, forcing her to wade through a series of complicated decisions and emotions. Gillian Robespierre’s romantic comedy is one that uses standup comedy to explore the theme of abortion. Slate keeps her character consistently honest in her relationships—best friend, ex-boyfriend, one night stand—while making jokes about her life onstage nightly at comedy clubs. 2014, DCP, 85 minutes.
FISHING WITHOUT NETS (Jallaabasho Shabaq La’aan)
Directed by Cutter Hodierne
Sunday, May 4, 1 pm
”Like a Coen Brothers film set on the high seas, Fishing Without Nets thrusts us into a man-made prison of greed, hopelessness, and violence.” —Travis Hopson, Examiner
A Somali pirate tale told from the view of the pirates, examining how economic conditions can lead fishermen to change their work on the high seas. Needing to support his wife and child, the character of Abdi makes life changing decisions. Shot with all Somali non-actors, the film humanizes the pirates by exploring their moral dilemmas. 2012, DCP, in English and Somali/French with English subtitles, 109 minutes.
Directed by Tim Sutton
Friday, May 9, 7:30 pm
In person: Producer John Baker
“A film of quiet intensity and poetic imagery.” —Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
Mysticism envelops a talented singer as he wanders through the city of Memphis making music as he encounters the various people that live there; a preacher, a hustler, a beautiful woman and a pack of kids. Avoiding the recording studio, he studies the difference between a life of happiness and one of destruction, alongside a blues soundtrack that makes the change of locations and landscape effortless. Willis Earl Beal plays the moody musician Willis in a film described as an “eccentric, dreamlike pic” (Variety). 2014, DCP, 79 minutes.
Directed by Mark Jackson
Saturday, May 10, 7:30 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors)
“A dense and taut drama…strikingly tense.” —Mark Adams, Screen International
Catherine Keener plays a seasoned war photographer named Lee who flees to Sicily to deal with her trauma after a brutal and tortuous assignment in Libya. Lee deals with her demons in a hotel room, eventually leaving to photograph nearby refugee camps. There, she meets Hafsia—a woman she is convinced she has met before and now must help her escape. Kristin Gore’s first screenwriting credit explores the interior world of reality and memory as she finds a way to understand what she has been through. 2014, DCP, 90 minutes.
THE MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA
Directed by Dziga Vertov
May 1–June 30
Screens daily from 11 am
“Considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era” (Kino Lorber), Dziga Vertov’s documentary formed from the idea to film life as it is. A series of rapidly-edited images with no dialogue shows the life of a city from sunrise to sunset, focusing on its buildings and machinery as it explores post-Soviet revolution industrialization. 1929, 16mm transferred to video, 68 minutes.
Major support to preserve, digitize and present the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.
Directed by Jim Hodges, Encke King, Carlos Marques da Cruz
April 12, May 10, 4 pm
Related to exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take
Invited in 2010 to lecture on the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres at San Antonio’s ArtPace, Jim Hodges joined forces with filmmakers Carlos Marques da Cruz and Encke King to build a non-linear montage of archival and pop footage to conjure up the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis. By juxtaposing fractious scenes from the last few turbulent decades, Untitled presents a powerful and provocative reflection on an era when political protest and personal existence converged. At the same time, the film draws history nearer by representing the pressure and hopelessness created by regimes of power from New York to Los Angeles, New Orleans to Guantánamo, and beyond, and the brave women and men who in times of crisis stood up for themselves, for their communities, and for humanity. “In this way,” Hodges says, “the framing of the artist can become a way to project any number of people, endlessly.” 2010, video, 60 minutes.
PANAFRICAN FESTIVAL OF ALGIERS (Festival Panafricain D’Alger)
Directed by William Klein
February 28 –April 30
Screens daily from 11 am
The first Panafrican Cultural Festival took place in Algiers in July, 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight to African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule, and calling for the same freedom for the rest of the continent. Klein’s film captures the sense of jubilation of the moment and provides historical context for understanding a continent united in its desire for freedom. 1969, Algeria/France, in French with English subtitles, 89 minutes.
Through June 30
Best Buy Film/Video Bay
MNTV showcases the talent of Minnesota filmmakers in this three-part program of short films (documentary, animation, narrative, experimental). Co-presented by Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP/MN), Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), and the Walker. Program length: 60 minutes.
MNTV is made possible by generous support from the Jerome Foundation.