Cinéphile Sundays, Spring 2017
Where Do We Go Now?
Although films made by women have already figured in our Cinéphile Sundays series, the time has come to dedicate a five-film cycle to women directors. The series' title, Where Do We Go Now?, is the English translation of the title of one of the films, Nadine Labaki's Et maintenant on va où? (2011).
All films will be shown in Collins Cinema. Screenings are free and seats are first come, first served.
Cinéphile Sundays is generously supported by the Edwards Fund.
As the oldest surviving animated feature, Lotte Reininger's film goes a long way to proving the relevance of women filmmakers in the history of animation. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed features a silhouette animation technique Reininger invented, which involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera -- a technique she would continue using for the rest of her long filmmaking career.
Sally Potter's visually sumptuous Orlando (1992) is the cinematic adaptation of Virginia Woolf's gender- and history-bending novel of the same name. Beginning in the era of Queen Elizabeth I (played with gusto by writer and performer Quentin Crisp) and rolling down the centuries to end in contemporary London, Orlando is faithful to the spirit of a book that was regarded as impossible to adapt for the screen.
Et maintenant on va où?
Nadine Labaki's first film, Caramel (2007), premiered at the Cannes film festival and went on to become the most internationally acclaimed and exposed Lebanese film to date. Et maintenant on va où?, the winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, is a bold step in political filmmaking, a fairy tale that attempts the impossible: at once the depiction of an intractably topical situation in Lebanon (namely the conflict between Muslims and Christians) and the visualization of what could happen if women took some extreme, utopian -- and humorous -- measures.
In the high-stakes world of the Takarazuka Revue, young women vie to perform as men or women in the troupe's wildly popular musicals. A fascinating documentary about gender, sexuality, and performance, Dream Girls offers a unique perspective on the confines of modern women in a male-dominated world.
Join film archivist May Haduong '00 as she presents a rare 16mm print of Dream Girls, along with some outstanding short films from the Academy Film Archive's collection.