Sunday, March 18
2 pm | @ The Chazen
SUNDAY CINEMATHEQUE AT THE CHAZEN: ALAIN TANNER
Among the last lions of the heroic age of the European art film, the Geneva-born Tanner burst onto the international cinema scene at age forty with his debut feature, 1969’s Charles, Dead or Alive, completed after stints with the merchant navy and the British Film Institute, where he became charged with the unquiet spirit of the Free Cinema movement. Back home, the fired-up Tanner would forge a radical body of work that bristles at the numbing neutrality and status quo monotony of his native country, a cinema full of rebels, outcasts, and dropouts, where the presiding mood is one of driftlessness and anxious ambivalence, and a filmography ripe for the rediscovery.
JONAS WHO WILL BE 25 IN THE YEAR 2000
( JONAS QUI AURA 25 ANS EN L’AN 2000)
Switzerland | 1976 | 35mm | 116 min. | French with English subtitles
Director: Alain Tanner
Cast: Myriam Boyer, Jean-Luc Bideau, Miou-Miou
A group of eight stubbornly nonconformist Genevans from different walks of life get together on a rural retreat to dream of a world which offers more than consumerist inducements in this, another of Tanner’s string of ‘70s masterpieces. Co-written by Tanner and English writer John Berger, this redoubt for May 1968 ideals in the mid-‘70s is that rare explicitly political film that doesn’t reduce its characters to placeholders, a major work of postwar European cinema unforgivably out-of-print on domestic home video.