Few films, even the greatest ones, are life-changing. It’s just something critics say. But Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan, showing Italy in tatters in the second world war, really did alter the paths taken by two Italian brothers: 17-year-old Paolo Taviani and his 15-year-old brother Vittorio, who saw it in 1946. They made a pledge after leaving the cinema: if they were not shooting films within a decade, they would buy a gun and shoot themselves. Thirty years later, and fully established as directors, they made their masterpiece, Padre Padrone. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1977, as well as the international critics’ prize – the first picture to scoop both awards at the festival. The jury president that year was the man who had inspired them: Roberto Rossellini.
Padre Padrone, which was made for Italian television, is based on the autobiography by the linguist Gavino Ledda. It details his upbringing in Sardinia at the hands of his father, a brutal peasant farmer, and opens with the real Gavino whittling away at a branch with his knife. The camera pans right to a man approaching a door. It is Omero Antonutti, the actor who will play Gavino’s father. He is about to enter a classroom, from which he will drag his illiterate six-year-old son (Fabrizio Forte) before forcing him to work in the wind-beaten mountains. Gavino hands his screen parent the stick he has been fashioning: “My father was carrying this,” he says. It’s a masterful, Brechtian moment; the baton is passed from reality to cinema.
Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she’s not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to perform in front of a real audience.
On this Labor day Monday come join us for our feature film “Francofonia” spotlighting the legacy and priceless art collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris …this vivid docudrama recounts many dramatic moments in the institutions history, including the hasty cashing of its treasures when German forces occupied Paris in 1940 Directed by Alexander Sokurov creator of “Russian Ark”..
Continuing in our theme of sons making films about their father, in an effort to know them better, we present My Architect: A Son’s Journey. This film is about architect Louis Kahn, and it was produced by his son, the one that he never knew… from a family that Kahn had kept a secret…Sounds complicated ??…well, i guess it is…and that’s also one of the things that the Cinematiki seems to be all about; to see, to feel,to experience and aftewards to share openly and express whatever lurks in us and somehow it’s stirred by those images…
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.