Scene, shot, counter-shot, movement, flow, cut, character, frame, juxtaposition, sequence… cinema’s terms and lingo are particularly apt when talking about the work of Jorge Queiroz. His work seems to hold some sort of latent cinematographic suggestion as if the spaces and figures present therein emanate from an obscure and elliptical script. This suspicion was recently corroborated by the emergence of a set of works whose title – The Case (O Caso) – inevitably infused the observer with the expectation of narrative. Maybe that’s why we thought of challenging Jorge Queiroz to set a film cycle – a small sample of his of references in the motion picture context. After we have reduced to five an original list of twenty titles, here is the final lot, free of charge and no strings attached. Screenings every Wednesday, between June 20 and July 18, at 7:00 p.m., with another session at 10:00 p.m.
June 20th: How to Draw a Bunny (2002), John Walter.
Documentary about “New York’s most famous unknown artist,” Ray Johnson, one of the seminal figures in Pop Art, whose life and death have always been shrouded in mystery. With interviews by Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina and James Rosenquist.
Age rating: M/12
June 27th: Mahler (1974), Ken Russel.
During a train trip to Vienna, composer Gustav Mahler and his wife Alma talk about the reasons that lead their marriage to fail. The conversation evokes memories of Mahler’s past, telling his story through a fluctuation between past and present.
Cast: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montagne.
Age rating: M/16
July 4th: Teorema (1968), Pier Paolo Pasolini.
A mysterious figure, known only as “The Visitor”, appears in the lives of an Italian bourgeois family, seducing each of its members. After this individual leaves none of them can continue with their life in the same way
Cast: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti
Age rating: M/18
July 11th: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), Jack Arnold.
Scott Carey is on vacation with his wife when a strange radioactive cloud approaches, covering him with a mysterious dust. Later he is accidentally sprayed with an insecticide, which creates a strange effect in the days that follow.
Cast: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent
Age rating: M/12
July 18th: A Bigger Splash (1973), Jack Hazan.
Biographical film about the artist David Hockney, who plays himself. Portraying the period from 1970 to 1973, when the artist is in a state of depression, after splitting with Peter Schlesinger, unable to continue to produce until he finds inspiration in his pool, that he then begins to portray, giving rise to some of his most popular paintings.
Cast: David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger, Celia Birtwell