Yesterday we posted an overview of what we have planned for Minicine in 2014 and discussed the future programming of film seasons. Our first season, running from January to March will focus on monochrome cinema from the last 20 years.
Minicine’s previous jaunts into the timeless world of black and white have returned varying results. At the beginning of 2013 we launched our Screen Easy strand, specialising in films from the 1920s and 1930s. Sadly the venture failed to find an audience and was concluded earlier than planned. However more recent examples of monochrome cinema have proven to be very popular with our audience. La Haine (1995), screened in September 2011, spent eight months as our highest scoring feature film. Persepolis (2007) has resided in our top five feature films since June of last year, despite a run of films since then that has seen some of our highest audience scores ever. That being the case we felt a series of monochrome offerings was justified.
See, those score sheets do come in handy.
First up we have Frances Ha (2012), directed by Noah Baumbach who also co-wrote the film with Greta Gerwig. The titular Frances (Gerwig) is a 27 year old aspiring dancer who is forced to spend the Summer couch surfing, crashing in spare rooms and accessing her life and prospects after her best friend and long term flatmate decides to move on and live elsewhere.
Critically acclaimed upon it’s theatrical release last year, Frances Ha proved popular with audiences too – including our own as our screening sold out in under a week. Shot in black and white to emulate the collaborations of Woody Allen and cinematographer Gordon Willis, most notable Manhattan (1979). As with Manhattan, New York, in which Frances is set, becomes a character in and of itself as a result of an emphasis on lightning over colour.
Foreign Land (1996) sees Paco travel from Brazil to her native Spain in the wake of her death. To fund his trip he agrees to smuggle a stash of raw diamonds into Portugal. When he arrives he meets and falls in love with Alex. When Paco is unable to handover the diamonds as planned the couple embark on a journey of love and danger.
Beautifully photographed, Foreign Land (Terra Estrangeira)’s absence of colour allows the characters and their story to shine through. The film is co-directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road) and Daniela Thomas (director of Rio de Janiero’s contribution to the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony) the film reveals the origins of the road-trip movie aesthetic that Salles has become known for in recent years. No trailer available.
Bulgaria’s Best Foreign Language Film entry for the 2009 Academy Awards, Zift (2008) tells the story of Moth who is wrongfully imprisoned for murder following a botched robbery attempt prior to the 1944 coup d’état, released in 1960 and must now adapt to a very different Sofia.
With hints of La Haine and Andrew Dominik’s Chopper running through it, Zift is a mix of affecting violence and flippant humour. Shot on 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film, the photography of the film compliments the stark reality of Moth’s situation and enhances his story’s passage of time.
In early April we will be hosting a social meet for audience members to come together and discuss the films shown across the season and converse about cinema in general. A date and a venue are still to be confirmed but once we know the when and the where so will you.
You can purchase tickets for events from our online ticket office. Tickets will become available a month before each screening.
See you at a screening soon,