From July 18th until July 22nd Roffa Mon Amour and Cinea organize the Summer Film School Rotterdam: an intensive five-day program of lectures by renowned film experts and unique film screenings of rare film prints and recent digital restorations from various European film archives.
In the first edition of the Summer Film School Rotterdam we dive into the work of auteur provocateur director Brian de Palma and the artistic, literary cinema of Alain Resnais. Sign up now and (re)discover the unique world of your favourite filmmakers!
BRIAN DE PALMA: VISION, OBSESSION AND SET-UP
Brian De Palma (born 1940) is one of the most inventive film directors that America has produced. Formed in the counter-cultural scene of the 1960s, he has never abandoned his interest in formal, modernist innovation, nor his ultimately pessimistic view of society and politics. This series will take you through the major phases and tendencies of his career so far, from anarchic comedy and complex plotting through to Hitchcockian “pure cinema” and social satire. The ultimate goal of the course is to elaborate the extremely complex and thrilling “machine of sound and vision” that De Palma creates with the elements of film.
Cristina Álvarez López is a film critic and video maker based in Vilassar de Mar (Spain). Her work has appeared in MUBI Notebook, LOLA, and De Filmkrant, and in books on Chantal Akerman, Bong Joon-ho, Philippe Garrel, and Paul Schrader. Her website is: https://cristinaalvarezlopez.wordpress.com/
Adrian Martin is an art critic based in Vilassar de Mar (Spain). He is the author of eight books, including the forthcoming essay collection MYSTERIES OF CINEMA (Amsterdam University Press). His ongoing archive website of film reviews, covering forty years of writing, is at http://www.filmcritic.com.au.
Lectures and Screenings on Brian De Palma
July 18 — De Palma’s Beginnings: Art, Music and the Counter-Culture
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (1974, 92’, DCP)
July 19— The Hitchcockian Model and its Variations
OBSESSION (1976, 98’, DCP)
July 20 — Vision and Sound: The Complex Machine
CARRIE (1976, 98’, DCP)
July 21 — Story, Identity and Point-of-View
BODY DOUBLE (1984, 114’, DCP)
July 22 — The Langian Model: Narrative and Society as Trap
THE BLACK DAHLIA (2006, 121’, 35mm)
ALAIN RESNAIS: THE SIZE OF LOVE ITSELF
Alain Resnais (3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014), alongside his early collaborators Chris Marker (29 July 1921 – 29 July 2012) and Agnès Varda (30 May 1928 – ), comprised the Left Bank Group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In keeping with Resnais’ early commitment to cine-philosophical examinations of actual horrific events, injustices and, moreover, their aftermaths of affliction, this lecture series touches on the poetic elegance of Resnais’ works that singularly express experiences of memory, time and affect. Through explorations of how Resnais’ Cinema of Time at once evokes the ephemeral and material, intimate and universal, present and past-future, this course will consider some of Resnais’ most famed mid-career works alongside his earlier short films, with and without Marker. With regard to Resnais’ cinema in general, philosopher Gilles Deleuze observes that ‘[t]he sheets of past come down and the layers of reality go up, in mutual embraces which are flashes of life: what Resnais calls “feeling” or “love”, as mental function.’ Across the five lectures of this series, Nadine Boljkovac and Patricia Pisters will explore how time and affect are, as Deleuze suggests, ‘the principal characters of [this] brain-world.’ And so, as deeply moved by and indebted to his images, this course attempts at its heart to honour the lingering beauty of Resnais’ cinema.
Patricia Pisters is professor of Media Studies (with a specialization in film studies) at the University of Amsterdam. Her research and teaching focuses on film-philosophy, in conjunction with neuroscience. She also writes and lectures regularly about classic film authors and about Dutch film culture.
Nadine Boljkovac (PhD, Cambridge / MA, York Canada / Honours BA, Toronto) is Senior Lecturer in Film at Falmouth University. She wrote a monograph examining affect and ethics via Chris Marker and Alain Resnais: UNTIMELY AFFECTS: Gilles Deleuze and an Ethics of Cinema (Edinburgh University Press 2013).
Lectures and Screenings on Alain Resnais
July 18 — Resnais’ Time-Machine:
JE ’T AIME, JE ’T AIME (1968, 94’, 35mm)
July 19 — Memory-ages of the world
MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D’UN RETOUR (1963, 117’, DCP)
July 20 — Cut and Continuum: Resnais’ jumps, layers and tracking shots through time
PROVIDENCE (1977, 110’, DCP)
July 21 — A Secret Called Happiness
- LES STATUES MEURENT AUSSI (1953, 30’, 35mm)
- NUIT ET BROUILLARD (1956, 32’, DCP)
- TOUTE LA MEMOIRE DU MONDE (1957, 21’, digital)
July 22 — From Depths and Ashes
HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959, 90’, DCP)
TICKETS & INFORMATION
Brian De Palma AND Alain Resnais: €165 (€130 Cineville, students): 10 Lectures and various screenings
Brian De Palma OR Alain Resnais €100 (€75 Cineville, students): 5 Lectures and various screenings
The lectures take place in Drijvend Paviljoen (4 minute walk from LantarenVenster). Screenings take place in LantarenVenster.
All lectures are English spoken
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