Seven nights. Sixteen Los Angeles premieres
Co-presented by Acropolis Cinema, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Film Society of Lincoln Center
Founded in 2014 to explore “the most expansive possible view of documentary film,” Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Art of the Real series has sustained its singular legacy as the premiere North American showcase for international non-fiction and hybrid works. Since its inaugural edition, curators Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes have shed light onto otherwise overlooked, boundary-pushing films that blend traditional conceptions of reality with formalistic and avant-garde processes for category-defying results. Observational documentaries and their familiar form always have their place, here alongside essayistic, lyrical tone poems and phenomenological, personal history lessons. Along with UCLA Film & Television Archive, Acropolis Cinema is proud to offer a West Coast home to a curated selection of these spectacular works from the past five years of Art of the Real, all of which are premiering in Los Angeles for the very first time. Screenings will start at the Archive’s home at the Billy Wilder Theater, and will continue at the Downtown Independent into the week. Curated by Jordan Cronk, Paul Malcolm, KJ Relth. and Robert Koehler.
Special thanks to Dennis Lim, Rachael Rakes, and Film Society of Lincoln Center
Tuesday, January 15: 8:00pm
ALL STILL ORBIT (Dane Komljen & James Lattimer, Croatia/Serbia/Germany/Brazil, 2015, 22 min.)
A philosophical-historical investigation of Brasília. Tracing its origins from Saint Don Bosco’s (possibly apocryphal) dream in 1883, the filmmakers use a lyrical voiceover and hyper-tinted digital images of the city and its environs to question the idealism of the city’s international style.
IEC LONG (João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata, Portugal, 2014, 31 min.)
Interweaving archival footage, photographs, figurine-based reconstructions, oral testimony, slices of contemporary life, and the nearly omnipresent sound of fireworks exploding in the distance, Rodrigues and Guerra da Mata have crafted another multivalent and eclectic exploration of memory, place, and the politics underlying both.
POET ON A BUSINESS TRIP (Ju Anqi, China, 2015, 103 min.)
A bawdy, absurdist journey across China’s remote Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region that yields 16 funny and astute poems. Grand Prize winner of the 2015 Jeonju International Film Festival. In person: Ju Anqi