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MINING DIAMONDS: The Films of Barbet Schroeder

Schroeder’s career has outstripped that of many of his New Wave contemporaries in both its length and its diversity. Rock fans know him for such early films as MORE and THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS), which feature soundtracks created by Pink Floyd. With subjects ranging from gorillas (KOKO: A TALKING GORILLA) to Buddhist monks (LE VÉNÉRABLE W.), he has become a perceptive documentarian. Perhaps most improbably, Schroeder has also mastered the Hollywood studio thriller with such films as SINGLE WHITE FEMALE and REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (which earned a Best Director Oscar nomination).

The director’s latest narrative feature is AMNESIA, about an unlikely relationship between a young techno DJ (Max Riemelt) and an older German woman (Marthe Keller) trying to escape her past. With its finger on the pulse of contemporary music and its perceptive eye for character, the new drama is a perfect example of what makes Barbet Schroeder’s films so unforgettable.

BARFLY and REVERSAL OF FORTUNE - Friday, July 28 – 7:30 PM      

 Double Feature: 30th Anniversary! BARFLY, Legendary L.A. scribe Charles Bukowski penned the semiautobiographical screenplay for this gritty but graceful profile of an alcoholic writer. Mickey Rourke stars as Henry Chinaski, subsisting on menial jobs and the occasional writing gig as he spends the nights drinking and fighting with bartender Eddie (Frank Stallone). Golden Globe nominee Faye Dunaway costars as the kindred spirit who takes up with Henry after the two meet at another local saloon. 1987, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min. Dir. Barbet Schroeder.

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, Jeremy Irons won a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor for his wonderfully sly performance as aristocrat Claus von Bülow, accused of attempted murder of his rich wife, Sunny (Glenn Close). Costarring Ron Silver as Alan Dershowitz. 1990, Warner Bros., 120 min. Dir. Barbet Schroeder.
Discussion between films with director Barbet Schroeder. 

THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS) and MORE - Saturday, July 29 – 7:30 PM         Pink Floyd Double Feature: THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS) (LA VALLÉE),  Viviane (Bulle Ogier) is in New Guinea looking for rare feathers when she meets four European hippies on a quest to find a mythical valley paradise. Joining the quartet, Viviane embarks on a journey of self-discovery, encountering free love, psychedelic drugs and indigenous Mapuga tribesmen along the way. Featuring gorgeous cinematography by Néstor Almendros and an appropriately enigmatic soundtrack by Pink Floyd. 1972, Janus Films, 106 min. Dir. Barbet Schroeder.

MORE, Director Barbet Schroeder’s stunning portrait of the dark underbelly of the ’60s sex-and-drugs revolution is like a Velvet Underground song on film: Mimsey Farmer stars as the gorgeous, Edie Sedgwick-like junkie princess who draws German drifter Klaus Grunberg into her sunlit world of Euro beach parties, retired Nazis and heroin fixes. With a brilliant, sinister score by Pink Floyd that perfectly captures the dreamy paranoia of Schroeder’s early masterpiece. 1969, Janus Films, 116 min. 
Discussion between films with director Barbet Schroeder.

 

AMNESIA - Sunday, July 30 – 7:30 PM                        

AMNESIA,This 1990s-set tale of German expats brings director Barbet Schroeder back to Ibiza, the scene of his debut feature, though the soundtrack here is techno rather than Pink Floyd. Twenty-something composer Jo (Max Riemelt) has come over from Berlin hoping to get a job as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha (Marthe Keller) has been living alone in her house facing the sea for 40 years. One night Jo knocks on her door; they become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak. Costarring Bruno Ganz. "A simple yet poignant drama with sharp historical undertones." - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter.  2015, Film Movement, 96 min. In French, German, Spanish and Russian with English subtitles. 
Discussion following with director Barbet Schroeder.

 

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