Everyone's in the club! Just by attending the monthly Movie Club film and participating in the conversation, you are in! Each month we invite all audience members to join informal conversations led — but not monopolized — by carefully selected facilitators.
This Is Our Land
2017, Lucas Belvaux, France/Belgium, 118 min. With Émilie Dequenne, André Dussollier.
"The poisonous playbooks of populist politics are compellingly dramatized." - Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Solidly made...a film that deserves to be seen, thought about, and learned from." - Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
With its explicit references to Marine Le Pen and the Front National, THIS IS OUR LAND quickly became the most controversial film of the year in France, although its convincing depiction of how right-wing "populist" movements soft-pedal their extremist positions has much wider relevance. The story centers on Pauline (Dequenne, who debuted in the Dardenne Brothers' ROSETTA), a well-liked nurse in a northern French town who is recruited by the "Renewed Nation Party" as an ideally inoffensive candidate to run for mayor. Flattered, the essentially apolitical Pauline goes along, submitting to an image makeover that includes dyeing her brown hair a more electable blonde. But her burgeoning political career begins to conflict with her personal life - when her left-wing union-loyalist father disowns her, and when her image-conscious political handlers try to quash her rekindled romance with an old high-school sweetheart who, unbeknownst to her, has ties to a neo-Nazi movement. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Distrib Films. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)
Wednesday, March 28: This screening is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Alison Cuddy, Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival.
2017, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/France, 114 min.
- Fri, Feb 9th 2:00pm
- Fri, Feb 9th 6:00pm
- Sat, Feb 10th 8:00pm
- Sun, Feb 11th 3:00pm
- Mon, Feb 12th 6:00pm
- Tue, Feb 13th 8:30pm
- Wed, Feb 14th 6:00pm
- Thu, Feb 15th 8:15pm
“Teeming with life’s magic and mysteries…the work of a truly distinctive artist, and to be cherished as a last gift to us.” — Geoff Andrews, Sight & Sound
“A stunning and majestic Kiarostami statement about love, cinema, death, technology, censorship, and the 21st century…It is moving, it is cosmic, it is sublime.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Completed posthumously and premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Kiarostami’s final film is a simple but profound work composed of twenty-four short film sequences based around his own photographs and one Bruegel painting. The film's subtle method begs the question whether these images are true to life or the sly digital sleight of hand of a master magician. Kiarostami’s love of snowy landscapes, the sea, and his fascination with the unsentimental drama of nature bring home the intelligence and patient vision of the artist behind the camera in two-dozen contemplative mini-dramas. Horses frolic in a skittish mating dance in a snow-covered field; a cow sleeps on a beach at dusk amid swelling waves; a feral cat traps squabbling blackbirds; feisty crows flit ominously — these and more compose a vibrant meditation on life in all of its mysterious forms and trajectories. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
February 12: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, co-authors of Abbas Kiarostami (University of Illinois Press, 2003; new edition forthcoming in March).