September 17, 2010

Fall Film Festobonanza, Part 1: Olivier Assayas Regis Dialogue & Retrospective

Irma Vep, Summer Hours, and Carlos

What: Olivier Assayas Regis Dialogue & Retrospective
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
When: October 1 - 31

I can't believe it's been a year since "Raising Cain", the Walker Art Center's retrospective and discussion featuring the Coen Brothers. This fall's series doesn't have quite the local flavor; just the opposite, in fact, and that's a great thing. Though I haven't seen most of Olivier Assayas' films, I know they span the entire globe, from Hong Kong to France to Vancouver to, most recently, Venezuela. Here is an excerpt from the Walker's press release:
"The Walker Art Center presents Olivier Assayas: Between Love and Terror, a Regis Dialogue and Film Retrospective, from October 1-31. Assayas has brought his seemingly effortless virtuosity to an extremely diverse range of more than 20 films, including the stylized comedic parody Irma Vep; the erotic, fast-paced corporate espionage thriller demonlover; and his sublimely humane treatise on family and art set in the French countryside, Summer Hours. His most recent work, Carlos, stormed this year's festival with yet another foray into new realms: a daring, dizzying, and engrossing five-hour take on the life of Carlos "the Jackal," a Venezuelan Marxist revolutionary who terrorized Europe in the 1970s, setting the stage for today's international terror network."
An added bonus to these series at the Walker is, as always, an appearance by the filmmaker. On Wednesday, October 20, Assayas will discuss his films with Kent Jones, executive director of the World Cinema Foundation.

Here is the full schedule:

Irma Vep
Friday, October 1, 2010  7:30 pm

Les destinées (Sentimental Destinies)
Friday, October 8, 2010  7:30 pm

Cold Water (L'eau froide) and demonlover
Saturday, October 9, 2010  7:30 pm

Summer Hours (L'heure d’été)

Friday, October 15, 2010  7:30 pm

Regis Dialogue with Olivier Assayas and Kent Jones

Wednesday, October 20, 2010  8:00 pm

Thursday, October 21, 2010  8:00 pm

Clean and Boarding Gate
Saturday, October 23, 2010  7:30 pm

A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Cinéma de Notre Temps: Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
Thursday, October 28, 2010  7:30 pm

October 30, 1:00 pm, October 31, 1:00 pm

As always, tickets for all shows are a steal at $8 for the public and $6 for members. And the Regis Dialogue isn't given the hometown markup as with the Coens - just $14 as opposed to $100 or whatever crazy price it was last year. One important note about this series is that while Carlos is premiering in Minneapolis and is a major coup for the city, be prepared to spend a good day at the Walker if you're interested: it runs 319 minutes (two intermissions will mercifully be provided).

1 comment:

  1. I wish I did have a day to spend at the Walker--I think I probably would.


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