Where and when
As part of the Florentine Summer 2017, the Rive Gauche Association – Arte Cinema proposes an exhibition dedicated to some masterpieces of international cinema not distributed in Italy.
The cycle of screenings, which takes place between July and October for a total of twelve meetings, provides for the presentation of the films in their original version, with subtitles in Italian made on the occasion of the festival.
The museum public will have the privilege, again this year, of seeing unpublished films. Among the authors we mention Jim Jarmush, Andrzej Żuławski and many others who together constitute the emerging peaks of international cinema.
Rive Gauche – ArteCinema is a non-profit association committed to organizing an International Short Film Festival, which has reached its fourth edition with great success, and thematic or author-based film reviews. These include the annual summer reviews at the Giardino del Cenacolo in San Salvi on behalf of the Municipality of Florence, the review of the New Latin American Cinema at the Spazio Alfieri, with 10 films mostly unreleased in Italy, as well as a review of pacifist films. on the occasion of the centenary of the First World War. In November 2015 he organized events on Pasolini at Le Murate. Contemporary Art Projects and the Museo Novecento.
Rive Gauche-ArteCinema has also brought to Italy films never distributed in our country, providing for their subtitling in Italian. In this way he enriched his own reviews with “absolute first visions” or “unpublished author”. In 2016 he organized for the Florentine Summer L’amour fou a review of films never screened in Italy, which took place at the Museo Novecento with an extraordinary response from the public. In this context, the Association was also called by the University of Florence (Chair of Turkish Language) to organize a cycle of unreleased films in Italy by the New Turkish Cinema.
Sunday 9 July H8.45pm
Screening of the film by Randa Chahal Sabbag (Lib. 2003)
A country divided in two between Lebanon and Israel: a fifteen year old, betrothed to her cousin in Israeli territory, falls in love with one of the border guards. A modern reinterpretation of the classic Romeo and Juliet, the film directed by the great Lebanese director who died prematurely, won the Silver Lion in Venice.
Sunday 16 July 8.45pm
Screening of the film by Charles Binamé (Can 2014)
After the sudden and mysterious disappearance of Dr. Lawrence, a psychologist working at a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Green is assigned to interview Michael Aleen, a patient of the missing psychologist, who says he knows a lot about his disappearance. Thus a conflictual relationship is established between the doctor and the patient, in which Dr. Green, in addition to seeking the truth, tries to help Michael overcome his childhood traumas. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2014.
Sunday 23 July H8.45pm
The limits of control
Screening of Jim Jarmush’s film (Usa 2009)
Set in beautifully sunny Spain, the film tells the story of an American killer who follows a series of unlikely clues to carry out a mysterious criminal mission. Bizarre encounters, various anomalies and recurrences, only apparently marginal, offer the occasion for the masterful interpretations of Isaach De Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and John Hurt.
Sunday 30 July H8.45pm
Screening of the film by David Michôd (Aus.lia 2004)
Ten years after the collapse of the Western economy, Australia too finds itself sharing the same social and economic degradation. In this scenario Eric, a former farmer, bored and full of wandering anger driving his off-road vehicle, in an attempt to leave the past behind. When his vehicle is stolen from him by a gang of criminals, he will try in every possible way to recover his only property. Accompanying him on the journey we find Rey, the brother of one of the members of the abandoned gang who was injured after the latest robbery.
Sunday 6 August H8.45pm
Le diable/Il diavolo
Screening of the film by Andrzej Żuławski (Pol 1972)
In 1793, following the second partition of Poland, the Prussian army invaded the country. The young noble Jakub, imprisoned for conspiracy against the king, is unexpectedly freed by a mysterious character. Eager to leave for Warsaw to fight for his country’s freedom, Jakub is distracted from his purpose by his savior who invites him to return home.
Following the mysterious character, the protagonist encounters general chaos and moral corruption. Deeply struck by what he sees, in the throes of a murderous madness, Jakub commits a series of atrocious murders, apparently for no reason. Zulawski’s second drama film, banned for a long time by the Polish authorities and then completely disappeared from distribution, embodies all the visionary strength of the Polish director’s cinema.
Sunday 27 August H8.45pm
Screening of the film Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Jap. 2009)
A summer day in a seaside town: in the home of the elderly parents
Yokoyama is celebrated, as every year on the same day, a family reunion to remember the eldest son Jumpei, who died prematurely to save a friend from drowning. It is not unusual for Japanese families to gather every year to commemorate a missing family member, but Jumpei, in the eyes of his parents, younger brother and sister, and all friends, was a special person. These feelings create on the one hand a deep sense of absence, on the other the awareness, on the part of all, of not being able to live up to the deceased. All of this creates subtle and hidden pains, regrets and creaks in family relationships, similar to the visible cracks in the old, run-down house.
Still walking is the umpteenth intimist masterpiece on human and family relationships by Hirokazu Kore-Eda, after the success of the other two films, always on the theme of the family: After life and Nobody Nows. Once again the director proves to be, in the panorama of the new Japanese cinema, the true heir to the realism of Yasujirō Ozu, considered by many to be the greatest of Japanese directors, and to be able to capitalize on the lessons of two trends he loves, Italian neo-realism and the French nouvelle vague.
Sunday 3 September H8.45pm
The Brother of another planet
Screening of the film by John Sayles (USA 1984)
Having landed on earth aboard a spaceship Joe Morton, a fugitive, mute, black-skinned, finds himself on the island of Manhattan. Revealing elements of his alien nature are his feet with three clawed toes and the ability to heal electronic circuits and human tissues, through the simple apposition of his hands.
In spite of his silence, the protagonist manages to establish an immediate empathy with the marginalized with whom he comes into contact and to establish a network of solidarity that allows him to get out of the most difficult situations.
Sunday 10 September H8.45pm
Dominion: prequel to the exorcist
Screening of the film by Paul Schrader (USA 2005)
The film is a prequel to the Exorcist and tells through the eyes of Father Lankester Merrin, and the story of his tormented past, his search to find lost faith.
Shortly before the film was completed, the producer, fearing failure, relieved Schrader from his job and entrusted the direction to Renny Harlin, who rewrote the screenplay by making a new version of the film entitled L’esorcista – La genesi. Following a rather modest critical and public success, the producer allowed Schrader to resume the project left interrupted, and distributed the film starting in May 2005.
Sunday 24 September H8.45pm
Screening of the film by Daniel Nettheim (Aus.lia 2011)
Mercenary Martin David (Willem Dafoe) is commissioned by a biotech company to track down a specimen of the Tasmanian tiger, an animal long thought to be extinct. Martin’s job is to find the thylacine, a healthy carrier of a valuable toxin, and kill it to ensure that no competing organization can obtain its DNA.
The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Julia Leigh in 1999.
Sunday 8 October H8.45pm
Screening of the film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Jap. 2005)
Reiko, a successful writer looking for inspiration, moves into a rented apartment in a remote countryside. In the neighboring house, apparently abandoned, a university researcher studies a thousand-year-old mummy. Strange events related to the mummy and a disturbing specter with female features begin to happen in the writer’s life.
The film was presented at the Turin Film Festival in 2005.
Sunday 15 October H8.45pm
Screening of the film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Tur. 2006)
Isa is a professor of art history at the University of Istanbul, Bahar is a scrupulous television producer. A tormented love story where the two lovers, while unable to give up on each other, never find themselves aligned. The work of the director, awarded at Cannes 2003 for Uzak, without being a passionate tragedy is a sometimes dramatic and pessimistic reflection on the sentimental relationship. The film was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Sunday 22 October H8.45pm
Screening of the film by Jia Zhangke (China 2000)
Eighties, Shanxi province, a traveling theater company follows the political evolution in China, from the cultural revolution to the trees of globalization, while the individual characters are confronted with their private loves and passions. The film that made Jia Zhangke (also a screenwriter) known in international festivals is a fresco that mixes the public dimension and the private sphere to describe a country where only outwardly everything changes.
In the program of the Estate Fiorentina 2017.