5-20 July 2017
SUMMER FILM SERIES: OUT OF CONTEXT. A TOURIST FILM SERIES
Time: 10.30 p.m.
CGAC and the Compostela Film Club are proud to present the latest summer film series. This year at the outdoor cinema, we will show Out of Context. A Tourist Film Series, directed by Cibrán Tenreiro. Please join us at 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday during the month of July to catch six internationally-acclaimed films focused on the concepts of tourists and travel.
‘Film was born on the road. Two years after presenting their invention, the Lumière brothers had operators filming across all seven continents for an audience that was enthralled with the idea of getting to know the world while seated in a dark room. Over time, the experience of tourists became something that was accessible to ordinary people, and movies stopped being beautiful postcards of exotic places to also tell the stories of people who left behind their homes to travel somewhere where they were out of context. It makes sense, since tourists and filmmakers essentially do the same thing: they watch.
These six films are an excuse to save some money and see Memphis, Mohang, Venice, the Aeolian Islands, the mountains of Georgia and Vienna without ever leaving your seat. But they are also an opportunity to observe tourists from a variety of perspectives. Sometimes travellers are an element that alters the previous equilibrium between a place and its inhabitants: Deliverance diverts that tension toward terror for a bunch of arrogant excursionists who try to defy the American wilderness. At other times, a film, such as Da-reun na-ra-e-suh (In Another Country), turns misunderstandings and the strange freedom that comes from linguistics clashes into a dreamlike yet lucid humour. On still other occasions, tourists get the chance to become something other than what they normally are in their everyday life. They get excited, open to the possibility of a romance (such as in Before Sunrise) or to imagination and play (such as in Caro Diario [Dear Diary]), but also to the deception of not living up to expectations: Mystery Train juxtaposesthe legend of Elvis as seen from the outside with the mysterious reality of ascatterbrained Memphis, and in Summertime, Katherine Hepburn crosses the Atlantic in the hopes that a visit to Venice will change her life. Sometimes the frustration comes from being confined to the postcard, to just the surface level, but the perspective of these filmmakers encounters deep conflicts, drama, and comedy in tourism, to such an extent that ultimately travel pays the penalty.’
Wednesday, 5 July
Direction and Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Nicoletta Braschi, Cinqué Lee, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Elizabeth Bracco, Tom Noonan, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Rick Aviles, Joe Strummer
United States - Japan, 1989
Running time: 105 min
Not recommended for children under 13
Three stories take place in Memphis at the same time. In ‘Far From Yokohama,’ a Japanese couple arrive with great enthusiasm and desire to visit the symbolic places of Elvis Presley’s life and the origins of rock and roll. In ‘A Ghost,’ an Italian woman has to spend the whole day in the city waiting for a plane to transport her husband’s remains back home. In ‘Lost in Space,’ alcohol leads three men to be pursued by the cops. Inspired by the idea of Memphis as an icon of a decaying American culture, Jim Jarmusch used various points of view to depict its mythic character and relied on the participation of iconic figures from the music world: Joe Strummer, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Rufus Thomas and Tom Waits.
Thursday, 6 July
Da-reun na-ra-e-suh (In Another Country)
Direction and Screenplay: Hong Sang-Soo
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Yu Jun-Sang, Moon So-Ri, Jung Yu-Mi, Yoon Yeo-Jung, Moon Sung-Geun
South Korea, 2012
Running time: 89 min
Appropiate for all Viewers
Isabelle Huppert plays a tourist in this film by Hong Sang-Soo—not only in the movie itself but also in real life: the director asked her if she wanted to participate in a film for which only the place where it would be filmed had been decided. When she accepted enthusiastically to join the cast of Korean actors, she ultimately helped shape the film. Huppert acted in three variations of the same story. A French woman named Anne arrives in the coastal city of Mohang and receives the help of a lifeguard and the owner of the motel where she is staying. Hong Sang-Soo plays with the codes of reality and creates comedy based on the absurdity of conversations between people who do not speak the same language.
Wednesday, 12 July
Directed by: David Lean; Screenplay: David Lean, H. E. Bates (Story: Arthur Laurents)
Cast: Katherine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Darren McGavin, Jane Rose, Mari Aldon, MacDonald Parke,
Gaitano Aveiro, Jeremy Spenser, Isa Miranda
United Kingdom - United States, 1955
Genre: romantic comedy
Running time: 100 min
Appropiate for all Viewers
A middle-aged single woman (Katherine Hepburn) fulfils her lifelong dream and travels to Venice after having saved up for the trip for years. She hopes to find romance there, something she has so far avoided, and she winds her way through the city at once fascinated by the beauty of each building and saddened by her own loneliness. Then she meets Renato, an attractive and gallant antiques dealer… Before directing other epic films like Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, David Lean directed this movie, which is an unusual combination of classicism and tourist stereotypes with elements that are oddly modern for the era. He succeeds in setting aside narration at times and immersing the audience in contemplation while creating in Hepburn a female character who is complex and strong and yet also quite vulnerable.
Thursday, 13 Jul
Caro diario (Dear Diary)
Direction and Screenplay: Nanni Moretti
Cast: Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri, Antonio Neiwiller, Jennifer Beals, Moni Ovadia, Carlo Mazzacurati, Valerio Magrelli, Claudia della Seta, Lorenzo Alessandri
Running time: 96 min
Appropiate for all Viewers
Nanni Moretti films three chapters for his diary. In the first one, “On a Vespa”, he travels around a sweltering, nearly empty Rome on his scooter, observing buildings and places while blending reality with his imagination and reflecting on matters such as film, urban planning, and dance. In the second one, “Islands”, he escapes the city to visit a friend on the Aeolian Islands and travel through the entire archipelago in search of peace and tranquillity. The third one, “Doctors”, is about his difficulties diagnosing and curing an illness. Moretti won the award for best director at the Cannes Film Festival for this film in which he uses his own autobiography as the driving force of a completely open type of cinema, one that is capable of blending surrealist humour and cinephilia with the drama of his own personal experiences.
Wednesday, 19 July
Directed by: John Boorman; Screenplay: James Dickley (Story: James Dickley)
Cast: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, James Dickey, Billy McKinney
United States, 1972
Running time: 110 min
Not recommended for children under 18
Four men from Atlanta decide to go on an excursion in northern Georgia to travel down the Cahulawassee River by canoe before its stunning valley is flooded from the construction of a dam. The locals warn them their plan is dangerous, but they treat them with disdain and attempt to defy the wilderness. John Boorman compares the arrogance of the urban world with the threats of an uncivilized world, in an outline replicated in hundreds of horror films. The testosterone-fuelled tension between the protagonists grows as the exterior violence forces them to take drastic decisions. While filming, Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds refused to use doubles, which only helped boost the film’s strong sense of realism.
Thursday, 20 July
Directed by: Richard Linklater; Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl, Erni Mangold, Haymon Maria Buttinger
United States - Austria - Switzerland, 1995
Genre: romantic drama
Running time: 101 min.
Appropiate for all Viewers
Jesse, an American guy (Ethan Hawke) and Céline, a Young French woman (Julie Delpy), meet on a train and decide to get off in Vienna and spend the day together visiting the city before returning to their respective countries. The premise is simple and so is the film: it is essentially about two people walking and talking. However, during the process, between conversations ranging from revealing to banal, Céline and Jesse get to know each other and the film ends up becoming one of the greatest romances in film history. The drive of youthful passion is compensated by the calm manner of narration, which is more like an accumulation of moments than a resolution of dramatic conflicts. Linklater went on to turn this into a trilogy based on the two protagonists, adding layers of complexity to their relationship in Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013).
Entrance is free and open to the public. The films will be shown in their original version, with subtitles in Spanish. In the event of rain, the films will be shown in the CGAC auditorium. The cafeteria will remain closed.
DIRECTION: Cibrán Tenreiro. Compostela Film Club
COORDINATION: Virginia Villar
Entry free of charge. All films will be screened in original version with subtitles in Spanish. In case of rain, the films will be screened in the CGAC auditorium. The CGAC cafeteria will be closed.