3 great films, all in 1 day!
3pm - The Red Turtle (Studio Ghibli animation)
5:30pm - I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin)
8pm Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
3pm - The Red Turtle Dir. Michael Dudok de Wit
(2016, Netherlands/France/Japan, 80 minutes)
Studio Ghibli fans can rejoice at the arrival of Michael Dudok De Wit’s sumptuous The Red Turtle, an exciting harbinger of the wonders that the animation house’s post-Miyazaki era might hold. Produced and drawn by the hands that crafted Spirited Away, De Wit’s ode to the cycle of life is a collaborative effort that is guided by sublime directorial vision. The Red Turtle feels like it has been a part of oral histories for millennia.
5:30pm - I Am Not Your Negro Dir. Raoul Peck
(2016, USA/France/Belgium/Switzerland, 90 minutes)
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
8pm - Paterson Movie Dir. Jim Jarmusch
(2016, USA/Germany/France, 120 minutes)
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing.
New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.