The Light Thief, Friday March 6

New Philm Club screening:

Svet-Ake (The Light Thief, 2010, Kyrgyzstan)

80 minutes

Director: Aktan Arym Kubat

In Kyrgyz with English subtitles

The main hero of the film is an electrician with a far greater effect on the people around him than his job defines. He is the last link in a huge energetic system and he becomes the binding bridge between the geopolitical problems of post-soviet space and the common people. The economic devastation of the country had an enormous impact on the industrial workers and yet despite the upheaval, these people did not seize to love and suffer, to have and be friends and to enjoy their lives. In particular our resilient electrician, who possesses a wonderful and open heart. He not only brings electric light (which is often out) to the lives of the inhabitants of this small city, but he also spreads the light of love, loyalty, life and mainly laughter. (imdb)

Trailer here.

Friday, March 6 18:30

Zrinyi 14, room 411/A.

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Tulpan (2008), February 27

This week’s screening:

Tulpan (2008, Kazakhstan)

100 minutes

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy

In Kazakh with English subtitles

This Cannes prize-winner is set in the vast, empty steppes of southern Kazakhstan and almost feels like a documentary about that harsh, awe-inspiring region. Yet it is also an entertaining and beautiful narrative film with a story that follows a young nomad who dreams of winning the affection of the only eligible bachelorette for miles, becoming a shepherd, and starting his own yurt. Populated by adorable lambs, stampeding camels, mischievous children, mewing kittens and featuring one of the most remarkable animal birth scenes ever captured on film, Tulpan is transporting and delightful. (wexarts.org)

Trailer here.

Friday, February 27 18:30

Zrinyi 14, room 411/A.

New Philm Club screenings. This week: The Angel’s Share

The Philm Club screenings resume this Friday with a comedy/drama.

The Angels’ Share (2012, United Kingdom)

101 minutes

Director: Ken Loach

Robbie, a young ne’er do well (Paul Brannigan), a broke new father with a good heart is in serious trouble with the law. When he holds his newborn son for the first time, roguish Robbie is determined that the boy will have a better life, one with more opportunities than he has been offered in this insular, blue collar world. But first Robbie must sort out a variety of pressing problems –his girlfriend’s family wants to do him harm and run him out of town being first and foremost among them. He is given a lucky break by a judge who shows mercy, granting him community service instead of jail. Here he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo, former petty criminals also down on their luck. (rottentomatoes)

Trailer here.

Friday, February 20th, 18:30

Zrinyi 14, room 411/A.

Alois Nebel, Friday June 13th, 18:30

Alois Nebel (2011, Czech Republic)

Director: Tomas Lunak

Czech with English subtitles, 84 minutes

Imagine

The end of the eighties in the twentieth century. Alois Nebel works as a dis­patcher at the small railway station in Bílý Potok, a remote village on the Czech–Polish border. He’s a loner, who prefers old timetables to people, and he finds the loneliness of the station tranquil – except when the fog rolls in. Then he hallucinates, sees trains from the last hundred years pass through the station. They bring ghosts and shadows from the dark past of Central Eu­rope. Alois can’t get rid of these nightmares and eventually ends up in sanatorium.

In the sanatorium, he gets to know The Mute, a man carrying an old photograph who was arrested by the police after crossing the border. No one knows why he came to Bílý Potok or who he’s looking for, but it is his past that propels Alois on his journey… (aloisnebel.cz)

Trailer here.

Screening at Zrinyi 14, room 412.

Friday, June 13, 18:30

Kin-dza-dza! (1986, Soviet Union). Friday May 23, 6:30 P.M.

Kin-dza-dza! (1986, Soviet Union)

Directed by Georgiy Daneliya

Russian with English subtitles, 135 min.

Kin-dza-dza-VHS

A very low-budget sci-fi fantasy from Russia, this tells the tale of two hapless pedestrians who accidentally get sent to another world and try to make their way back while trying to survive the severe and absurd class system of another planet. Amongst other things in this absurdly hilarious world, people are defined by a colorful gadget, yellow pants and flashing light head-gear and the lowly must perform terrible musical numbers in cages. Matches are worth their weight in gold, and the vocabulary consists of about 10 words, with ‘Kuh’ covering everything else. Endlessly inventive and guaranteed to satisfy silly cult movie fans. (Thelastexit.com)

Screening at Zrinyi 14, room 412.

Friday May 23, 6:30 P.M. Attention, change of time!!!

Lunacy, May 15

The next screening will be Jan Svankmajer’s Lunacy. Note the change of time to 19:00.

Sileni (Lunacy, 2005, Czech Republic)

118 minutes

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Imagine

A man who fears he’s edging into madness gets a fresh perspective on what insanity really means in this frantic, visually inventive black comedy from Czech auteur Jan Svankmajer. Jean (Pavel Liska) is a deeply troubled man who has been haunted by violent hallucinations since the death of his mother, who was committed to a mental institution when she passed on. While arranging his mother’s funeral, Jean meets a fellow inmate who claims to be the Marquis de Sade (Jan Triska), and lives as if he’s in 18th Century France rather than the Czech Republic in 2005. Jean strikes up an alliance with de Sade, though they can hardly be called friends, and after becoming an unwilling accomplice to de Sade’s debauchery, Jean joins him at a hospital run by Dr. Murlloppe (Jaroslav Dusek), who offers “Purgative Therapy” for people who aren’t mad but could be in the future.(rottentomatoes)

Trailer here.

Friday, May 15, 19:00

Zrinyi 14, room 412.

 

 

Tropical Malady, May 9

Next Philm Club screening:

Sud Pralad (Tropical Malady, 2004, Thailand)

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

125 minutes

in Thai with English subtitles

Imagine

One of Thailand’s leading experimental filmmakers, Apichatpong Weerasethakul directed this ambitious examination of fear and desire. Keng (Banlop Lomnoi) is a soldier who has been assigned duty as a forest ranger in the woodlands of the country. While on duty, he meets a young man named Tong (Sakda Kaewbuadee); Keng becomes deeply infatuated with Tong, but while Tong is friendly with Keng, he is obviously unwilling to respond to his romantic overtures. As Keng deals with his disappointment, he learns that a number of animals and villagers have fallen victim to a vicious predator who may be a tiger or a shape-shifting shaman. (rottentomatoes)

Trailer here.

Friday, May 9th, 18:00

Zrinyi 14, room 412