THREE NIGHTS IN A ROW, THE MIFC WILL SCREEN A NEWLY RESTORED FILM, IN CONNECTION WITH THE MARKET HIGHLIGHTS. THESE THREE FEATURES WILL BE OPEN TO THE MIFC ACCREDITED MEMBERS AS WELL AS THE PROFESSIONALS ACCREDITED TO THE FESTIVAL LUMIÈRE.
Country in the spotlight: Switzerland
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 8:30PM
The unknown man of Shandigor by Jean-Louis Roy (1967, 1h37, Switzerland) In French
A James Bond-like «rewritten by Dürrenmatt» where science fiction is transcended by a personal writing ahead of its time. In Competition at Cannes in 1967.
Restoration: Cinémathèque suisse with the support of Memoriav and RTS
For his first feature film, shot in Geneva and Barcelona and selected in Competition at Cannes in 1967, Jean-Louis Roy invents a sort of "James Bond revisited by Dürrenmatt" where science fiction is transcended by a personal writing ahead of its time. Three rival gangs - Soviets, Americans and bald men - are very interested in the Annulator, a device capable of defusing nuclear forces developed by the scientist Herbert von Krantz... "Embroidering on a comic book theme, Roy was not afraid to go to the extremes of the craziest situations and give us a truly delirious film. Gifted with a rather prodigious visual sense, he summons Welles, Lang, Godard, and a few others to tell a perfectly absurd spy story in the most sneering tone" (Guy Teisseire, L'Aurore, 1967).
Country in the spotlight: Switzerland
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 8:30PM
Alpine fire (Höhenfeuer) by Fredi M. Murer (1985, 1h54, Switzerland)
In Swiss German with French Subtitles
This legendary alpine in camera is one of the masterpieces of Swiss cinema, winning the Golden Leopard at Locarno in 1985.
Digitalization: Fredi Murer with the support of Suissimage
Special thanks to Fredi M. Murer, Sophia Murer and FMM Distribution Polish Cinema Classics presents
This legendary alpine retreat is one of the masterpieces of Swiss cinema, winning the Golden Leopard at Locarno in 1985. In the heights of the Uri mountains in central Switzerland, Belli lives on a small isolated farm with his deaf younger brother and their parents, who have imagined a bright future for them. One day, the brother is sent to the mountain pastures to work. When his sister joins him, a love affair begins between them... Höhenfeuer is at once a story about childhood, a love story, a family portrait and an ethnographic film. "By perfectly mastering the intertwining of these registers, which are reputed to be difficult to reconcile, Murer has created a film that can be read on several levels, a film that is as complex and true as life itself" (Antoine Duplan, L'Hebdo, 1986)
Polish Cinema Classics presents
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 9:00PM
The 1960s – The golden age of Polish animations
J. Lenica, J. Tkaczyk, J. Antoniszczak, K. Urbański, K. Dębowski, W. Wieczorkiewicz, L. Serafinowicz, M. Kijowicz, R. Czekała, W. Giersz (1962-1968, 1h40, Poland). Original Version with English Subtitles
The prestigious and long-lived «Polish School of Animation» is celebrating its seventy years of activity and present a selection of short films in restored versions.
Special thanks to right-owners
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The prestigious and long-lived "Polish School of Animation" is celebrating its seventy years of activity. Born in the late 1950s, under the aegis of Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk, it is a true pole of experimentation and creativity in a country torn apart by the ravages of war and ripped politically. Mirosław Kijowicz, Witold Giersz, Julian Antoniszczak, Kazimierz Urbański, Ryszard Czekała and many others, coming to animation in roundabout ways from different backgrounds, make their debut during the 60s and reinforce the awareness of being the front of a world avant-garde. A gradual shift from animation depending largely on photographic effects captured in real time to stop-motion of two-dimensional objects coincided stylistically with both the incorporation of graphic design and the emergence of poster design. A colorful variety of expressive techniques, with puppets, cut outs, manipulation of light and pigments on the film, combinations of techniques and skilfully orchestrated styles, came in reverbaration with the magnificent work of avant-garde music and sound composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Krzysztof Komeda, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Eugeniusz Rudnik, or peculiar scriptwriters such as Stanisław Lem. The cinematographic production of those years, rightfully called “the golden age of Polish animation”, represents today an artistic heritage as specific as it is universal. In a recently restored version, Polish Cinema Classics present the treasures of the mind and human sensitivity, rich and strange, creative and fascinating.
Venue : Screening room Le Karbone – 10, rue St-Hippolyte – Lyon 8th
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