Intellectual American cinema at the end of the year 01/01/2018 automatic translate
MOSCOW. In the capital, the American art house movie festival was over.
Arthouse is a platform for experiments and bright statements, "fresh blood", which the mainstream also needs. The circle of admirers of art house cinema in Russia is still rather narrow, but stable. Basically, they are residents of big cities, where there is no-no, and even the stars of independent art look in, the thematic weeks pass, local cinephiles are active. Residents of small settlements can only rely on the Internet and their own curiosity.
Education of taste and interest in intelligent cinema takes time and a competent approach. Here analogies with music are appropriate. Before opening the world of the innovative works of Schnittke, Schoenberg or Boulez to a child or unprepared neophyte, it is worthwhile acquainting him with Tchaikovsky and Mozart. On December 17, the festival of American art house films 2A17, which was held December 13 at the Documentary Center in the Moscow Museum and ISI Garage, was completed in the capital. In addition to getting acquainted with the best novelties of the author’s cinema and their promotion, the festival performed another mission. The preservation of cultural ties between the two countries, the strengthening of mutual understanding - the opportunity to come to a compromise, to find a common unifying in this very difficult period.
The absence of a competitive component helps to focus on the main thing - smart, innovative, honest cinema. Universal, 20th Century Fox and other film companies have created conditions for attracting and supporting talented directors working in this field. The interest of the public and distributors to arthaus in the US is incomparably higher than in Russia. In fairness, it is worth mentioning about some alarming bells. Reports about the closure of the favorite art-house grounds - the legendary cinema center Lincoln Plaza Cinema and Quad Cinema, the vague prospects of the Film Forum and Metrograph - are very distressing for the fans of the author’s cinema in New York.
One of the main hits of 2A17 was "Lucky" (Lucky). It is a masterpiece "test of the pen" in the director’s field of actively filming and appearing on the theatrical stage of actor John Carroll Lynch (John Carroll Lynch). In one of the episodes took part his famous namesake, the owner of the "Golden Palm Branch", the creator of Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man. The main role was played by the actor and musician Harry Dean Stanton (Harry Dean Stanton), who died two weeks before the premiere. In August of this year, "Lucky" received the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the festival in Locarno.
The great interest of the audience was caused by Unrest "Uneasy" Jennifer Brea (Jennifer Brea) - an autobiographical film about the experience of fighting heavy disease, courage, a hope that can not be lost in the most difficult situation. The audience will remember the piercing melodrama "Lovers" (The Lovers) Azazel Jacobs (Azazel Jacobs) about love and the search for happiness. Another interesting director’s debut is "Columbus" (Kogonada).