October 5

UNSETTLING WORLDS: TWO FILMS BY LYNNE RAMSAY

Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (1969–) has realised only a slim body of work, making three feature films since her 1999 debut, yet she has been justly celebrated as one of the most original and powerful voices working in contemporary British cinema. This program explores the “immersive and at times almost overwhelming” (Harvard Film Archive) world of Ramsay’s films, screening two of her intensely personal explorations of youth and grief.


7:00PM – RATCATCHER
Lynne Ramsay
 (1999) 94 mins
Unclassified 15+ Unless accompanied by an adult

Set amongst decrepit Glasgow tenements, Ramsay films this story of a troubled childhood with a transcendental attention to textures and sensations. Assisted by Alwin H. Küchler’s sensitive cinematography, the director ruminates on the fragility of life and desires against the backdrop of a garbage strike. Amidst the earthy colour palette and gloomy realism of Ramsay’s feature debut as writer and director lies a mesmerising glow that reveals a heartbreaking affection for the film’s subjects. With William Eadie and Leanne Mullen, and a powerful musical score by Rachel Portman.


8:45PM – MORVERN CALLAR

Lynne Ramsay
 (2002) 97 mins M

Assuming the literary identity of a recently suicided boyfriend, “Morvern Callar” sets off from small-town Scotland to the sun and parties of southern Spain with her best friend. Lauded at Cannes for its dreamy cinematography, edgy soundtrack (Can, Broadcast, Aphex Twin, Lee Hazlewood) and career-defining performance by Samantha Morton in the title role, Ramsay’s second, much-celebrated feature film is the perfect distillation of her impressionistic cinema of unsettlement. “Pure punk existentialism” (Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times).

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi4204396825

February 5
OPENING NIGHT

February 12 – February 26
VITTORIO DE SICA: CINEMA, ITALIAN STYLE

March 4 – March 18
LIGHT AND SHADOW: THE MERCURIAL STARDOM OF MARLENE DIETRICH

March 23 – April 6
CAST A DARK SHADOW: THE BEAUTIFUL SADNESS OF DIRK BOGARDE

April 13 – April 29
THE BIG CARNIVAL: THE FILMS OF BILLY WILDER

May 6 – May 20
“LIFE’S PARADE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS”: DOUGLAS SIRK

May 27 – June 10
WILDFLOWERS: DANCING, DESIRE AND FREEDOM IN THE FILMS OF GILLIAN ARMSTRONG

June 17 – July 1
DRIFTING STATES: THE FILMS OF APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

July 8
AT HOME IN THE WORLD: CECIL HOLMES, ACTIVIST FILMMAKER

July 15 – July 29
HIROSHI SHIMIZU: FORGOTTEN MASTER

September 2 – September 16
JEAN COCTEAU: THE POETRY OF DREAMS

September 23 – September 30
QUEERING THE ARCHIVE: THE CINEMA OF BARBARA HAMMER

October 7 – October 14
GALLOWS BACCHANALIAS, FRACTIOUS FAIRY-TALES AND THE RULE OF THREE: THE CINEMA OF JURAJ JAKUBISKO

October 21 – November 4
REACHING BEYOND THE FRAME: THE POETIC CINEMA OF ABBAS KIAROSTAMI

November 11 – November 25
BORSCHT, SAUERKRAUT, GOULASH AND LEMONADE: AN INTRODUCTION TO OSTERNS AND RED WESTERNS

December 2 – December 16
THE LAND IS OURS: YOUSSEF CHAHINE