Halifax film screening picks — March 6-12

06 Mar
March 6, 2017

You don’t often see two films as excellent as Paterson and I Am Not Your Negro playing Cineplex Park Lane at the same time, but that is the case right now, at least until Thursday. Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, “a movie that’s filled with poetry and that is a poem in itself,” is perhaps my favourite film of 2016, built from the poetic foundations of Ron Padgett and William Carlos Williams, while Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro is one of the most original documentaries in years, featuring a “startlingly muted and emotional performance from the oft-boisterous” Samuel L. Jackson, and constructed entirely from the words of the great writer James Baldwin, in a way that “captures all that’s galvanizing and forceful about Baldwin’s words and demeanor.”

Moonlight has moved in at the Oxford, and it makes me happy to think that many more people will see it as a result of its Best Picture win at the Oscars, making it the first film by a black director, the first LGBT film, and the lowest-budget film (in adjusted dollars) ever to win. But perhaps its win should not have been so surprising, as this carefully-thought-out pre-awards prediction piece demonstrates.

Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking “social thriller” Get Out seems to be accumulating new thought pieces by the day. I particularly enjoyed one from Richard Brody of The New Yorker, who says that “Peele recaptures and reanimates the spirit of the films of Luis Buñuel.”

Fire up the orgasmatron—this Thursday at Art Bar +Projects, NSCAD University and the Atlantic Film Festival are presenting Barbarella, the 1968 camp-psychedelic sci-fi classic that presents Jane Fonda (and cast) in a series of trickily-executed outfits by Paco Rabanne that have left an indelible mark on fashion, and a title character that when viewed “from a contemporary angle, where female characters are still often expected to conform to male-dictated ideals of sexual desire… starts to look almost progressive.” This is the first of three free film screenings on the theme of predicting the future of fashion, in anticipation of Dialect, the NSCAD Fashion Show, on April 17.

While Carbon Arc is on March Break hiatus for a couple of weeks, the Dal Art Gallery First Features series continues this Wednesday with The Element of Crime. This 1984 debut from Lars Von Trier is a highly stylized film that bears little resemblance to his later minimalism that began with the Dogme 95 movement—it suggests that he could have been the next Terry Gilliam.

This Sunday in Wolfville, Fundy Cinema has a couple of screenings of Julieta, the film that has had many critics talking about Pedro Almodóvar’s return to form, including The Guardian’s Mark Kermode.

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