REEL 13 may be taking a break for March pledge, but we haven’t taken our eye off of the great films playing around the city. While you’re waiting for us to return to your home theater on March 26th, here are some films to stave off your cinematic ennui. Sticking to the typical REEL 13 lineup, we present you with our favorite (French) classic, indie, and short films playing in a theater near you.
CLASSIC (FRENCH NEW WAVE) FEATURE
Metrograph – 11 PM
Critically acclaimed for its portrayal of the political climate of 1960s France, Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculin féminin is both a critical and comedic take on the philosophical differences between the sexes. Screening as part of newly opened Metrograph’s Jean Eustache series, the film has an important place in the history of Eustache’s career:
After Jean-Luc Godard finished this rigorous and funny New Wave delight—about the political and pop cultural engagements and blind spots of the newly ascendant “Ye-Ye” youth generation in sixties Paris—he donated unused film from the shoot to an actual child of Marx and Coc-Cola, Jean Eustache. Thanks to the generous gift, Eustache was able to make Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes, also starring Masculin féminin’s Jean-Pierre Léaud. –Via Metrograph
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Film Forum – 9:15 PM
Set on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a place characterized by the beauty of prairie vistas and the melancholy of Wounded Knee, Songs My Brothers Taught Me presents a coming of age narrative within a stunning yet tragic landscape. At the center of a look at Lakota Native American life, a high school senior and his preteen sister make their way through facets of reservation life, such as horseback riding in the Badlands, the illegal sale of alcohol, and the waning yet persistent presence of Native American customs. In her debut feature, writer-director Chloé Zhao mixes moments of tenderness and beauty with scenes of violence, alcoholism, and abject poverty as she illustrates the diversity and complexity of a historically marginalized and stereotyped culture.
Ernie Gehr: CARNIVAL OF SHADOWS
The Museum of Modern Art – Continuous – TRT: ~20 minutes
While our shorts library is always available, if you are out and about in the Midtown area, why not stop by MoMA Film to take in Ernie Gehr’s multiscreen video installation? Taking early-20th-century shadowgraph toys as inspiration, the digitally projected images, which move across the screen in a way reminiscent of early animation, are adapted from five different paper subjects: At the Circus, Carnival in Nice, John Sellery’s Tour of the World, Street Scenes, and Gulliver’s Travels. The resulting installation is a serious study of abstraction and genre cinema presented in a playful and meditative tone. Accompanying the installation are 30 of the original prints and new photographs by Gehr.