The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
2014, Pedro Costa, Portugal, 104 min.
“Strange, hauntingly beautiful…looms very large in the weight of its ideas and its profound feeling for lives ground up and spit out by the threshing machine of history.”
— Scott Foundas, Variety
“A sustained eeriness that takes HORSE MONEY into the realm of expressionistic horror…casts a spell that’s impossible to shake.”
— Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Ventura, the gaunt, grizzled Cape Verdean immigrant who has served as director Pedro Costa’s muse and central character in films including COLOSSAL YOUTH returns in an even more commanding role in HORSE MONEY. Mysteriously at death’s door, Ventura takes an eerie journey through dark episodes in his own life as they coalesce with Portugal’s troubling colonial past. Former lovers, friends, and work mates may be illusions as the powerful puzzle comes together in bewitching chiaroscuro imagery. In Cape Verdean, Creole, and Portuguese with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of The Cinema Guild. DCP digital. (BS)
N: THE MADNESS OF REASON
2014, Peter Krüger, Belgium/Netherlands, 102 min.
“Part-installation work, part-ghost story; a shrewd and personal dialogue about Africa’s colonial past.”
— Patrick Gamble, CineVue
“Brilliantly articulated…a luxurious and languorous visual style…reminiscent of Terrence Malick during his finest indulgences.”
— Robert Munro, Eye for Film
Mesmerizing and eerie, N: THE MADNESS OF REASON takes a ghost’s journey through the African landscape as the spirit of French expatriate anthropologist Raymond Borremans revisits his beloved Ivory Coast, where the cultural encyclopedia that was his life’s work remains unfinished at N. Director Krüger seamlessly weaves fact, fiction, and poetic fantasy for a haunting look at colonial and post-colonial Africa in all its beauty, horror, and contradictions. In French with English subtitles. Special Advance screening courtesy of Wide Management. DCP digital. (BS)