Film Society Presents Film Comment Selects
by Rania Richardson
Film Comment Selects 2004, the annual series of unsung films from around the world, will screen at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater February 12-26. The 23 films have been championed by Film Comment's editors and writers. All are New York premieres.
The first week of the series includes "Greendale," a Super 8 feature by Bernard Shakey (aka rock musician Neil Young). An adaptation of his latest album, the film centers on a small-town family whose lives are changed forever when one of them kills a cop. Neil Young will appear in person on February 13 to introduce the film and conduct a Q&A.
Other first week highlights include "Bright Future," Kiyoshi Kurosawa's drama about alienated youth, "Gambling, Gods and LSD," a meditative essay/documentary by Peter Mettler, "The Grudge," Japanese horror by Takashi Shimizu, Liliana Cavani's "Ripley's Game" starring John Malkovich, and a selection of underground films by Sixth-Generation Chinese director Andrew Cheng. Jacques Rivette revisits the 'trance' mode of "Céline and Julie Go Boating" and "Le Pont du Nord" in his latest, "The Story of Marie and Julien."
Also featured is "The Five Obstructions," a construct of Lars von Trier, who asks the great Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth, to remake his classic 1967 short, "The Perfect Human," five times with five different imposed rules.
The series' second week will include a retrospective of work by French filmmaker Jean-Claude Brisseau. According to Frederic Bonnaud in Film Comment, Jan/Feb 2004, "(Brisseau is) the most atypical of great French filmmakers. His themes, his career, his influences, his personality all conspire to make him truly marginal. He belongs to none of French cinema's "families." He's a lone wolf, and pays a high price for his independence. His integrity and meticulousness scare off producers, and each of his 10 films was the result of a fierce struggle." Brisseau's newest film, "Secret Things," is an erotic tale of office seduction. It screens in the first week of the series, prior to its theatrical release by First Run Features.
[ For more information and a full schedule, please visit: http://www.filmlinc.com. ]