HAVE A PASSION FOR FILM? JOIN THE CLUB!

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS  •  MAY 10 – JUNE 7  •  1:00PM

For the sixth edition of the ever-popular Rafael Film Club, noted individuals explore the art of filmmaking and discuss celebrated films through the prism of various disciplines. Editors discuss editing. Animators discuss animation. Filmmakers discuss filmmaking.
All films are in the original languages with English subtitles

All screenings will be followed by a conversation between the special guests and series programmer Jonathan Marlow (CFI Releasing) as well as a private reception with complimentary food-and-drink! Availability is limited. Previous editions of Film Club sold-out quickly!

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EVERYTHING GOES WRONG aka THE MADNESS OF YOUTH

Subete ga kurutteru

MAY 10  |  ADAPTATION

Legendary Japanese director Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill; Tokyo Drifter) had one of his earliest successes at Nikkatsu with the juvenile delinquent drama Everything Goes Wrong. True to its title, the situation for a gang of high schoolers starts bad and rapidly gets worse. Kids today? Kids then!
dir. Seijun Suzuki (Japan 1960)  71min. + discussion

Author, film historian and “czar of noir” Eddie Muller will discuss the speculative process of adapting Akira Ichijo’s story-to-screenplay.

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THE GREAT SILENCE

Il grande silenzio

MAY 17  |  COMPOSING

One of the greatest (yet rarely screened) of the so-called Spaghetti Westerns, Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence makes the most of its cast—notably Klaus Kinski and Jean-Louis Trintignant as villain and hero, respectively—and its stunning snow-bound setting in an allegorical tale of the triumph of evil over good.
dir. Sergio Corbucci (Italy 1968)  105min. + discussion

Bay Area musician Jasmyn Wong highlights Ennio Morricone’s extraordinary score. Presented in a new restoration by the Cineteca Nazionale in Rome.

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DAISIES

Sedmikrasky

MAY 24  |  EDITING

There are films that express the very limits of what is possible in cinema and then there is Daisies, a film so troubling to authorities at the time that it was immediately banned and the writer/director was unable to work in the country again for nearly a decade. The story concerns two identically-named young women and their determination to cause chaos everywhere they go.
dir. Vera Chytilova (Czechia 1966) 74min + discussion

Filmmaker/editor Gina Leibrecht dissects Miroslav Hajek’s shot-assemblage techniques and Vera Chytilova’s groundbreaking directorial abilities.

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INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION aka THE FABULOUS WORLD OF JULES VERNE

Vynález zkázy

MAY 31  |  ANIMATION

Though little-known in the U.S., Invention for Destruction is considered to be one of the most successful Eastern European films of the twentieth century. The four Jules Verne-inspired works by the director (including Journey to the Beginning of Time and On the Comet) have amazed audiences with their unique “proto-steampunk” aesthetics of Victorian-era woodcuts combined with retro-futuristic technology, evoking illustrations come-to-life!
dir. Karel Zeman (Czechia 1958)  83min. + discussion

Colorado-based filmmaker/animator Stacey Steers will discuss Karel Zeman’s revolutionary integration of live actors with animated backgrounds and foregrounds. Presented in a new restoration by the Muzeum Karla Zemana.

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CLEO FROM 5 TO 7

Cléo de 5 à 7

JUNE 7  |  DIRECTING

The Art of Filmmaking concludes with the best-known of the series: Agnès Varda’s second feature, the highly influential and justifiably celebrated Cleo from 5 to 7. From Michel Legrand’s fabulous score to the succinct editing of Janine Verneau and Pascale Laverrière to its exceptional cast (with Corinne Marchand as the titular Cleo and cameos from Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard), Varda’s landmark film continues to have an impact more than fifty-five years after its initial release!
dir. Agnès Varda (France 1962)  89min. + discussion

Amélie Garin-Davet, Film Program Officer for the French Embassy (NYC) for the intro and post-screening Q&A and conversation about Agnès Varda’s exceptional work as a filmmaker.

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