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BEST OF RESFEST VOL 2
A collection of hand-picked short films from the Resfest, the traveling film festival showcasing works from emerging digital filmmakers, video artists and designers. Highlights include the Oscar-nominated
Delusions in Modern Primitism
(Daniel Loffin); the Oscar-nominated
(Mark Osborne); and
(Elyse Couvillion). Includes commentaries, production details, trailers and more.
FILM BY SAMUEL BECKETT
The only work written by Samuel Beckett for film is a provocative experimentation that features Buster Keaton in his next-to-last screen appearance. The film has no dialogue, following a character (Keaton) who attempts to hide from human perception, only to have his own existence conspire against him. The cinematography is by Boris Kaufman, who shot all of Jean Vigo's work as well as such American classics as
On the Waterfront
. Filmed in New York and produced by Barney Rosset and the Evergreen Theater.
Alan Schneider---USA---1965---21 mins.
FROM TUGBOATS TO POLAR BEARS
Award-winning filmmaker Paul Leduc (
) directed this gritty musical drama about life in the streets, bars, and rock clubs of Mexico City during the 1980s.
If you dropped a shot of
in a pint of
Dude, Where's My Car?
, you'd know what to expect from this clever, super raunchy whodunit comedy.
PRINCE OF HOMBURG
Marco Bellocchio (
) directs this haunting period piece based on the play by Heinrich von Kleist and starring Andrea Di Stefano (
Before Night Falls
) in the title role. Set in 17th century Germany during the Thirty Years War, Bellocchio tells the tale of the Prince of Homburg, a man torn between his affection for his commander's niece and his duties as a general in the cavalry. In Italian with English subtitles.
Marco Bellocchio---Italy---1997---89 mins.
SF TIMECAP 2000
Michael J. Shannon's experimental video portrait of the San Francisco Bay subculture is a politically and aesthetically adventurous work of "grassroots journalism". The film takes viewers on a taxi tour of the city's obligatory tourist stops (Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, etc.) and simultaneously offers a view of the city's lower profile subcultures: artists, activists, hippies, punks, and others. The film aims to "stand in opposition to the corporate paradigm" and show a side of San Francisco Bay life that has been systematically excluded from mainstream media. Featuring interviews with Helen Caldecott, Amy Goodman, Jesse Jackson, Ruben "Hurricane" Carter, and others,
is a fast-paced, multi-faceted documentary.
Michael J. Shannon---USA---2000
WHOEVER SAYS THE TRUTH SHALL DIE
A remarkable film on Pier Paolo Pasolini, poet, political personality, aesthetician and director of such important and controversial films as
Gospel According to St. Matthew
. Director Bregstein explores whether Pasolini's murder at age 53 in 1975 was by Pino the Frog, a 17-year-old male prostitute, or an assassination by a group of right-wing fascists. In English and Italian with English subtitles.
Philo Bregstein---Netherlands---1981---60 mins.
You Laugh (Tu Ridi)
is a testament to the power of laughter directed by the famed Italian sibling directors, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (
Padre Padrone, The Night of the Shooting Stars
). Based on the stories of Luigi Pirandello,
tells the story of Felice, a man who faces life, death, separation, unification, hope and fear in his quest to recover his dreams. Highlighted by amazing performances and brilliant camerawork, the film received accolades at the New York, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. "Poignant" (
). In Italian with English subtitles.
Paolo Taviani/Vittorio Taviani---Italy---1998---99 mins.
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